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

Definition of phosphorescent

: exhibiting phosphorescence

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Other Words from phosphorescent

phosphorescently adverb

Examples of phosphorescent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Let’s hope it’s those hideous phosphorescent uniforms Michigan State wore last week. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "ASU football vs. Michigan State picks, predictions: Arizona State a big underdog on road," 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, "Puerto Rico on the Rebound: A Three-Day Getaway Guide," 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, "How to Vacation Like the Royal Family in the Bahamas," 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, "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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“Phosphorescent.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of phosphorescent

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


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Medical Definition of phosphorescent

: exhibiting phosphorescence

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to assert without proof or before proving

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