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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Luminant Luminous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • luminant Emitting light; shining; luminous.
    • n luminant An illuminating agent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Luminant emitting light
    • ***


  • Minnie Fiske
    Minnie Fiske
    “The great actors are the luminous ones. They are the great conductors of the stage.”
  • Luis Bunuel
    “If someone were to prove to me -- right this minute -- that God, in all his luminousness, exists, it wouldn't change a single aspect of my behavior.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “A book should be luminous not voluminous.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. lumen, luminis, light—lucēre, to shine.


In literature:

Arcot was sending the globe, now perfectly non-luminous, about the room.
"Invaders from the Infinite" by John Wood Campbell
There was no luminous spot.
"The Black Star Passes" by John W Campbell
As I watched, its upper edge came into view, a curved, luminous line against the blackness above.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
But these luminous intervals were only partially luminous.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
This stranger had his large, luminous eyes set fixedly upon the Baron's face.
"The Sins of Séverac Bablon" by Sax Rohmer
In the opal light of the luminous sky her great grey eyes were lustrous.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
In reality, we stand, in the midst of a luminous ocean, almost blind!
"Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose" by Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
Then a small blond head arose, and then a delicate luminous body in white garments.
"The Adventures of Maya the Bee" by Waldemar Bonsels
It fell luminously, with a loud report, and scattered in a field.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
A faint, luminous twilight was around us.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
Lucid: shining; applied to luminous insects.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
She trembled, and the blood slowly ebbed from her face, leaving it pale and luminous with a sort of wonder.
"The Dragon Painter" by Mary McNeil Fenollosa
I glanced down at the luminous dial of my watch.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
He shut his eyes, and her image sprang up before him, quietly luminous and attended with good thoughts.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson" by Robert Louis Stevenson
What glorious vistas opened amid the luminous green of the forest!
"The Goddess of Atvatabar" by William R. Bradshaw
She did not answer, but her eyes grew luminous, as she lifted her lips for a final kiss.
"A Secret of the Lebombo" by Bertram Mitford
Through the luminous white fog of dawn a silver sun, breasting the house-tops, gleamed very large.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
He saw the luminous mass crush itself against a forward lookout and felt the jar of its body against their ship.
"Astounding Stories, August, 1931" by Various
But it's farther to be noted, that the most luminous of the Prismatick Colours are the yellow and orange.
"Opticks" by Isaac Newton
He had stopped in front of one of the luminous trees and was plucking a fruit from it.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1930" by Victor Rousseau

In poetry:

Her cargo was of jewels rare,
All luminous, splendid and fair;
The ensign of a prince was there
"Biographia" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
But I come where a living casement
Laughs luminous and wide;
I hear the song of a piano
Break in a sparkling tide;
"In The Placid Summer Midnight" by William Ernest Henley
I remember I never could catch you,
For no one could match you,
You had wonderful, luminous, fleet,
Little wings to your feet.
"Roses and Rue" by Oscar Wilde
The gold ran molten in streams and the marble shattered,
A mighty furnace with heat and splendor brimmed,
And the burning silk in splendid flakes was scattered
From a furnace hearted with light and luminous-rimmed.
"Crimen Amoris" by Clark Ashton Smith
CES. Say, if you have seen and considered it, what is the meaning of
this fire in the form of a heart with four wings, two of which have eyes
and the whole is girt with luminous rays and has round about it this
question: Nitimur incassum?
"The Heroic Enthusiasts - Part The Second =First Dialogue.=" by Giordano Bruno
For Love, the tricksy pilot, still at our helm he sings,
Our darkest night is luminous with torchlight from his wings;
Loudly he sings and sweetly above the whistling gale,
And with Love’s music in our hearts, how could we turn or quail?
"The Voyage" by Alice Guerin Crist

In news:

TXU- Luminant bankruptcy possible in next year.
Luminant Energy plans to cut 500 jobs.
Luminator Searchlight Going on UH-72A.
Mark IV, the parent company of Luminator, announced that it has filed voluntary petitions for restructuring of their balance sheet.
Photo Luminism takes place at The Bank of Princeton's Community Gallery, 10 Bridge St, Lambertville.
Luminous Tweets And Retweets.
Homage to luminous French actress.
New iPhone case is Luminous .
First Republic to Acquire L.A.'s Luminous Capital.
Luminous Capital Holdings LLC, an independent wealth adviser in Century City, on Friday announced that it was being acquired by San Francisco's First Republic Bank.
The Illinois State Museum in Springfield will present a new exhibition, Luminous Ground: Artists With Histories from May 20, 2012 through January 6, 2013.
TTT's production is luminous .
Luminous Black-and-White Photographs of The Beatles, 1964-1966.
' Luminous Field' will show Millennium Park in a new light.
' Luminous Field' at Millennium Park.

In science:

In the absence of the attractor effect the dissipative settling needed to increase the baryon to dark matter ratio in the luminous parts of a galaxy would tend to make the central mass density run steeper than the NFW/Moore model, leading to two problems.
Early Formation and Late Merging of the Giant Galaxies
As X – ray selected samples became available in the late–1990’s, L uppino et al. (1999) also searched for gravitational arcs in ground–based imaging of 38 X –ray luminous clusters.
A Hubble Space Telescope Lensing Survey of X-ray Luminous Galaxy Clusters: IV. Mass, Structure and Thermodynamics of Cluster Cores at z=0.2
We are conducting an HST survey of an objectively selected sample of ten X –ray luminous (and thus massive) clusters at z≃0.2 (Table 1, §2).
A Hubble Space Telescope Lensing Survey of X-ray Luminous Galaxy Clusters: IV. Mass, Structure and Thermodynamics of Cluster Cores at z=0.2
If we consider that low mass stars form in ∼106yrs and massive stars form in ∼105yrs, the simultaneous presence of two massive outflows and the central location of the luminous sources provide two alternative scenarios.
The structure of Onsala 1 star forming region
PAH emission is a very good tracer of star formation for these luminous galaxies.
Anomalously low PAH emission from low-luminosity galaxies
Thus, in the Local volume of 5 Mpc radius, only a small part ( 4%) is not involved in the Hubble expansion, but about 70% of luminous matter is concentrated in this volume.
The Local Group and other neighboring galaxy groups
Assuming the linear proportionality between dark and luminous matter this leads to the global density of matter in the universe Ωm ≃ 0.27, in agreement with WMAP (Spergel et al. 2003).
The Local Group and other neighboring galaxy groups
Supposing the dark matter in groups follows tightly the luminous matter, we can estimate the total contribution of groups to the mean density of matter.
The Local Group and other neighboring galaxy groups
At the distances where the motionless K I emission is observed (4000 - 10000 AU from the star), the orbital period will be several hundred thousand to a million years, exceeding the expected duration of the red supergiant stage for a star this luminous.
High Resolution, Long - Slit Spectroscopy of VY CMa: The Evidence for Localized High Mass Loss Events
This X-ray luminosity corresponds to a rate of star formation of ∼ 1500 M⊙/y r assuming a Salpeter stellar IMF between 0.1 and 100 M⊙, again a limit achievable by a starburst in the most luminous ULIRGs.
Complete Multiwavelength Characterization of Faint Chandra X-ray Sources Seen in the Spitzer Wide-Area IR Extragalactic (SWIRE) Survey
From our Fig. 1,2,6 and 7, we can also see that some type E stars can evolve into luminous ob jects even if their period is shorter than type A ones.
On the difference between type E and A OH/IR stars
It is reasonable to suspect that these luminous stars may actually be supergiants.
On the difference between type E and A OH/IR stars
It causes that there is none possibility for a (sub)luminal, i.e. local communication between measurement procedures of the ”spin part” of 1 and ”spin part” of 2.
A General Relativistic Generalization of Bell Inequality
The luminous intensity and the pulsing rate may be varied over a wide range under software control.
The ICECUBE prototype string in AMANDA
The total number of luminous satellites is not strongly dependent on the strength of feedback implemented in the S06 algorithm.
Forming Disk Galaxies in Lambda CDM Simulations