phos·​pho·​res·​cent ˌfäs-fə-ˈre-sᵊnt How to pronounce phosphorescent (audio)
: exhibiting phosphorescence
phosphorescently adverb

Examples of phosphorescent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most popular attraction on Vieques is the bioluminescent Mosquito Bay, which glows blue at night as visitors kayak through its waters filled with phosphorescent plankton. Carley Rojas Avila, Travel + Leisure, 10 Nov. 2023 The matte, phosphorescent sigils painted onto his robe appeared to palpitate in the low light. Kent Russell, Harper's Magazine, 11 May 2022 The phosphorescent nail polish is designed to have a milky appearance during the daytime, so finish with a layer of regular top coat for a glossier effect. Sarah Maberry, ELLE, 25 Apr. 2023 Crosby, too, felt like an emissary for a different sort of American sound, more spectral, almost phosphorescent. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2023 The right and left hemispheres glowed like the phosphorescent wings of a Luna moth. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, 31 Oct. 2022 According to Young, an OLED iPad makes sense because the panel’s performance will improve in the next few years thanks to tandem stacks, phosphorescent blue emitters, and more. Chris Smith, BGR, 12 Dec. 2022 Some of her flying, lavalike monsters were lacquered black; others were colored bright red and pink; still others were coated in phosphorescent pigment — echoes of the thrilling fun house of her childhood. Sasha Weiss Sasha Weiss Photographs By Justin French Nick Haramis Photographs By Lise Sarfati Styled By Suzanne Koller Adam Bradley Photographs By D’angelo Lovell Williams Styled By Ian Bradley Susan Dominus Photographs By Luis Alberto Rodriguez Styled By Charlotte Collet, New York Times, 13 Oct. 2022 In sequence three, Searcher and the dog explore their new surroundings, the phosphorescent landscape looking like a coral refer painted bright pink. John Hopewell, Variety, 17 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1767, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phosphorescent was in 1767

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“Phosphorescent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


phos·​pho·​res·​cent ˌfäs-fə-ˈres-ᵊnt How to pronounce phosphorescent (audio)
: exhibiting phosphorescence

Medical Definition


phos·​pho·​res·​cent -ᵊnt How to pronounce phosphorescent (audio)
: exhibiting phosphorescence

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