phos·pho·res·cent | \ˌfäs-fə-ˈre-sᵊnt \

Definition of phosphorescent 

: exhibiting phosphorescence

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Other Words from phosphorescent

phosphorescently adverb

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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, "On the Resilient Waterfront," 31 May 2018 Or the river, whose water smelled like rust and whose eddies trapped phosphorescent galaxies of undissolved fertilizer. Will Mackin, The New Yorker, "Crossing the River No Name," 5 June 2017 A set of what looked like elongated floodlights turned on, phosphorescent green dots blinking in neat grids on their surfaces. Adam Davidson, The New Yorker, "Christopher Strachey’s Nineteen-Fifties Love Machine," 14 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of phosphorescent

1767, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of phosphorescent was in 1767

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English Language Learners Definition of phosphorescent

: of or relating to a type of light that glows softly in the dark and that does not produce heat


phos·pho·res·cent | \-ᵊnt \

Medical Definition of phosphorescent 

: exhibiting phosphorescence

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to reject or criticize sharply

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