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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj self-luminous having in itself the property of emitting light
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Self-luminous Possessing in itself the property of emitting light.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • self-luminous Luminous of itself; possessing in itself the property of emitting light: thus, the sun, fixed stars, flames of all kinds, bodies which shine in consequence of being heated or rubbed, are self-luminous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Self-luminous possessing the property of emitting light
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. self, seolf, sylf; Dut. zelf, Ger. selbe, Goth. silba.


In literature:

They were green and self-luminous, and looked terrifying.
"A Voyage to Arcturus" by David Lindsay
If even one of these gases was self-luminous, the field of vision must have been always illuminated.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 385, May 19, 1883" by Various
Hence Herschel concluded that it was self-luminous.
"The Story of the Herschels" by Anonymous
It is true that nebular matter, as now observed, is believed to be, partially at any rate, self-luminous.
"Creation and Its Records" by B.H. Baden-Powell
There the self-luminous lady named Sandili always liveth.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
Some spots may be slightly self-luminous, but not the part of the planet we see.
"Recreations in Astronomy" by Henry Warren
And the glow of their sandy bodies, self-luminous, continued even beneath the stars.
"Four Weird Tales" by Algernon Blackwood
Hence Herschel concluded that it was self-luminous.
"Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men" by Francois Arago
The fixed stars are self-luminous bodies, similar to our sun, only immensely distant from us.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
They are globes of gases and vapors so hot as to be practically self luminous.
"Lectures in Navigation" by Ernest Gallaudet Draper
They were now perceived to be self-luminous, and to be formed, to a large extent, of glowing gas.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
It is unlikely that they will prove to be self-luminous.
"Pleasures of the telescope" by Garrett Serviss
There is no division of night and day, objects being self-luminous and light being perpetual.
"Elementary Theosophy" by L. W. Rogers
I turn on my side and see a cluster of self-luminous objects including a light switch.
"The Lost Kafoozalum" by Pauline Ashwell
There are self-luminous suns, exceeding in number all computation.
"Library of the World's Best literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 12" by Various
A similar case will be noted in a photographic dark-room illuminated by red light upon observing the self-luminous dial of a watch or clock.
"Visual Illusions" by Matthew Luckiesh
These great and self-luminous points, bound together by natural affinity, constitute the fixed centre of our religion.
"Studies of Christianity" by James Martineau
Jupiter, the planet, still feebly self-luminous, 8.
"A Century of Science and Other Essays" by John Fiske
Will Mr. LOCKYER turn his attention Eastwards, and inform us if the Corporation of the City of London is a "Self-luminous Body"?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 93, November 26, 1887" by Various
A lump of self-luminous rock set in the stone ceiling gave a faint illumination to the bare interior.
"The Revolt of the Star Men" by Raymond Gallun

In news:

The vProtect Luminal Shield is a self-expanding intracoronary prosthesis designed to limit arterial injury that typically occurs when stents are deployed.
But there was a luminous new self-titled Bon Iver album, on the Jagjaguwar label.

In science:

However, we stress that the detection of some self-lensing event, as they are expected to be found (their existence being predicted only on the basis of the rather well known luminous component of M31), is essential to assess the efficiency of the analysis.
Microlensing towards M31: candidates and perspectives
By combining their imaging non-detection combined with the radial velocity data, Janson et al. conclude that the star is likely to be older than than ≈1 Gyr, or else the companion would have been sufficiently self-luminous be have been directly detected.
Discovery of a Highly Unequal-Mass Binary T Dwarf with Keck Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics: A Coevality Test of Substellar Theoretical Models and Effective Temperatures
Related models that are considered are centrallyilluminated scattering blobs (e.g., Lamb & Miller 2003) and self-luminous turbulent disk flows (e.g., Armitage & Reynolds 2003).
A review of rapid X-ray variability in X-ray binaries
Heckman (1994) extended this argument and derived the maximum SFR for a purely self-gravitating protogalaxy, and he showed that the most luminous infrared galaxies lie close to this limit as well.
Star Formation in Galaxies Along the Hubble Sequence
High-density regions that do not contain a luminous internal source can remain atomic because the gas in them recombines sufficiently fast, and they can self-shield against the external radiation.
The Dark Age of the Universe
In the case of an irradiated but self-luminous ob ject with radius about an order of magnitude less than Jupiter and orbiting with a period as small as 28 mins, the difference in the irradiated and non-irradiated sides should be much less.
Theoretical Spectra of the Am CVn Binary System SDSS J0926+3624 : Effects of Irradiation onto the Donor Stars
He demonstrated that the companion of Sirius, thought by many to be a dark body, was in fact self luminous.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness
Having performed the standard orbital calculations, which by then were routine to him, he addressed square on the controversy about whether or not the companion is self -luminous.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness