phos·​pho·​res·​cent | \ ˌfäs-fə-ˈre-sᵊnt How to pronounce phosphorescent (audio) \

Definition of phosphorescent

: exhibiting phosphorescence

Other Words from phosphorescent

phosphorescently adverb

Examples of phosphorescent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sandy cavities of the bunkers were lightly dusted with snow and looked phosphorescent. Colin Barrett, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Mar. 2022 Its towering 86-foot tall sign features more than 1,000 cold cathode neon lights, while inside the theater, phosphorescent black light murals highlight scenes of Texas and Mexico history. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Oct. 2021 Luminostics specializes in phosphorescent materials that glow in the dark, and the hope is that the test results could be easily viewed at home using just a smartphone and an attachment that blocks out light. Tien Nguyen, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Aug. 2020 The eponymous story from A Bright Green Field describes a steep meadow of monstrous, fast-growing, phosphorescent grass mowed by unskilled workers drawn across its surface by ropes and pulleys. Lidija Haas, Harper's magazine, 20 Jan. 2020 Let’s hope it’s those hideous phosphorescent uniforms Michigan State wore last week. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, 9 Sep. 2019 Vieques Best known for Mosquito Bay, whose waters glitter at night with phosphorescent algae at night, this lush, placid island also has wild horses, deserted beaches and nearly 18,000 acres of National Wildlife Preserve. Sara Clemence, WSJ, 26 Dec. 2018 Brendal, who’s led tours every day for more than 30 years, brought our group to a stunning reef filled with phosphorescent fish, purple fan coral, and even a black-tip shark. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 30 Aug. 2018 Even the art installation in Phase 2 — which includes phosphorescent phases of the moon designed by Nobuhu Nagasawa — is relaxing. Helene Stapinski, New York Times, 31 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of phosphorescent

1767, in the meaning defined above

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phos·​pho·​res·​cent | \ -ᵊnt How to pronounce phosphorescent (audio) \

Medical Definition of phosphorescent

: exhibiting phosphorescence

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