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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Luminate To illuminate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • luminate To illuminate.
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  • 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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. luminatus, p. p. of luminare, to illumine, fr. lumen, light. See Limn


In literature:

The difference being, that one is done by non-luminous, while the other is by luminous combustion.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 312, December 24, 1881" by Various
She rewarded him with a smile which seemed to him, if anything, more atrociously luminous than the last.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
Gradually the sunlight on the leaves reddened; long, luminous shadows lengthened eastward.
"The Danger Mark" by Robert W. Chambers
When the apparatus is in action, the gas becomes luminous, and produces a white and continued light.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
He was an arbitrary though perfect master of light-and-shade, and unusually effective in luminous and transparent shadows.
"A Text-Book of the History of Painting" by John C. Van Dyke
He could not judge their color; they were mere luminous pools.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
His eyes, glittering and hard, met hers softly luminous.
"The Short Cut" by Jackson Gregory
It implies, to wit, that he shall first realize those conceptions luminously to himself.
"Platform Monologues" by T. G. Tucker
Something white and luminous glistened in the green and quivering ripples of the water.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
They stood a compact silhouette, clear in the luminous starlight.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
It sank away from under them till the patches became spots and the sunlit clouds a vast, luminous blur.
"A Honeymoon in Space" by George Griffith
The wintry crescent-moon was sailing slowly up, with the luminous evening star resplendent beside her, glittering on the whitened earth.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
He thought of May Dacre, he thought of everything that was pure, and holy, and beautiful, and luminous, and calm.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
One class embraces intensely luminous stars, the other stars only feebly luminous.
"Astronomy" by David Todd
She was unable to reconcile her luminous image of the Emperor with the mediaeval cruelties that were being perpetrated by his order.
"The White Terror and The Red" by Abraham Cahan
But complete mystery still surrounds the cause of luminous fogs and mists, {771} which are of rare occurrence.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
The climbers carried "Magnapole" compasses with luminous points, and sometimes a Mark VIII prismatic; these all worked well.
"Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921" by Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
A sufficiently high temperature renders bodies luminous, and then we call them red hot or white hot.
"Curiosities of Heat" by Lyman B. Tefft
For instance, luminous powder can be employed and an image produced which is visible in the dark.
"Photographic Amusements, Ninth Edition" by Walter E. Woodbury and Frank R. Fraprie
The grain of seed will appear as if enclosed in a small luminous cloud.
"The Way of Initiation" by Rudolf Steiner

In poetry:

But we have lost him. Henceforth unto us
He stands
A veilèd Memnon, no more luminous;
The purer harp-strings broken in his hands:
"The Veiled Memnon" by Alexander Anderson
Aflush from the far land of song he came
To us;
His harp was strung with fiery threads of flame,
That made his very music luminous.
"The Veiled Memnon" by Alexander Anderson
Against these turbid turquoise skies
The light and luminous balloons
Dip and drift like satin moons
Drift like silken butterflies;
"Les Ballons" by Oscar Wilde
Or art thou not she rather—say—
Dark-browed, with luminous eyes,
Of whom is born the mighty Day,
That fights and saves and dies?
"Songs of the Summer Nights" by George MacDonald
When across his path an awful form
In luminous glory stood;
His thorn-crowned brow, His hands and feet,
Were wet with immortal blood.
"The Vision Of St. Peter" by John Hay
To lift his brothers' thoughts above
This earth he used to labour:
His heart was luminous with love —
He didn't wound his neighbour.
"A Hyde Park Larrikin" by Henry Kendall

In news:

LD Donald Holder's luminous journey through Broadway's The Lion King.
VProtect Luminal Shield Discussed at TCT as New Treatment for Soft Coronary Lesions.
VProtect Luminal Shield Stent Receives CE Mark.
Prescient Medical Reveals vProtect Luminal Shield Milestones.
Retroreflected Luminance of Pavement Markings.
Luminous Kidman Finds Home on the Range With Dirty, Sexy Jackman.
Luminous aluminum makes light work.
'Amazing Luminous Fountain' marks new era for di Rosa.
Dark humor and luminous visual effects usher 'The Addams Family' into Salt Lake City.
Flood Light Increases Luminous Flux .
Luminous Mendelssohn Led by Mackerras.
Merwin began to read at Campbell Hall, channeling something ancient and luminous and absolutely necessary, grace shone upon us.
Listen to grab the Grammy-nominated, debut CD from The Lumineers.
Many travelers think they know these islands, but south of Ocracoke Inlet there rises a luminous bar of sand 60 miles in extent, with no roads, no bridges and no hotels.
She outwitted the bombshell stereotype by producing and starring in the luminous Frida and then directing her own feature film.

In science:

For this reason there is considerable interest in a recent proposal that accurate modeling of galactic dynamics using general relativity is consistent with observed flat rotation curves and luminous mass without the need for additional dark matter.
General Relativistic Galaxy Rotation Curves: Implications for Dark Matter Distribution
Claims have been made that would suggest this star is considerably more luminous (L ∼ 5 × 105L⊙ ) and larger (R ∼ 2800R⊙ ) than other Galactic red supergiants (RSGs).
Bringing VY Canis Majoris Down to Size: An Improved Determination of Its Effective Tempeature
Secondly, the star’s spectrum has been described as “veiled” (Herbig 1970b, Humphreys 1974), a term used to denote the general washing out of absorption features seen in the spectra of some Mira variables (Merrill et al. 1962) and other luminous RSGs (Humphreys & Lockwood 1972).
Bringing VY Canis Majoris Down to Size: An Improved Determination of Its Effective Tempeature
Were the star at 2800 K with Mbol ∼ −9 it would be considerably cooler and more luminous than current evolutionary models allow, and would be located in the “forbidden zone” to the right of the Hayashi track2 (Fig. 1).
Bringing VY Canis Majoris Down to Size: An Improved Determination of Its Effective Tempeature
It might also be said that observational data show that the Universe has up to thirty percent of its content in luminous and dark matter and hence our low density curvature dominated model showing acceleration does not meet this criterion.
The Possibility of Cosmic Acceleration via Spatial Averaging in Lemaitre-Tolman-Bondi Models
Contrary to some previous claims, we find that luminous quasars are not exclusively hosted by massive ellipticals.
On-axis spectroscopy of the host galaxies of 20 optically luminous quasars at z~0.3
Out of this sample, we selected the instrinsically luminous quasars, with absolute magnitude MB < −23 and redshift z < 0.35 (this redshift limit is set so that the Hα line stays in our useful spectral range).
On-axis spectroscopy of the host galaxies of 20 optically luminous quasars at z~0.3
HE 1029-1401: The lowest redshift ob ject of the sample, luminous elliptical with minor mergers, already considered in several previous studies.
On-axis spectroscopy of the host galaxies of 20 optically luminous quasars at z~0.3
It is the most luminous ob ject of the sample.
On-axis spectroscopy of the host galaxies of 20 optically luminous quasars at z~0.3
It has been claimed that all quasars more luminous than MV = −23.5 are hosted by massive ellipticals (Dunlop et al. 2003; Floyd et al. 2004).
On-axis spectroscopy of the host galaxies of 20 optically luminous quasars at z~0.3
This observation that the morphology of luminous quasar host galaxies are not necessarily elliptical was also put forward by Sanchez et al. (2004) in the case of higher redshift quasars (0.5 < z < 1.1).
On-axis spectroscopy of the host galaxies of 20 optically luminous quasars at z~0.3
This is a complete, flux limited sample, which suggests that the Amati relation is valid for the intrinsically most luminous GRBs.
Statistical analysis of BATSE gamma-ray bursts: Self-similarity and the Amati-relation
These properties, and the presence of only one bipolar PN (in the LMC) among these nebulae, suggests that few if any of the most luminous MCPNe are composed of a post-asymptotic giant branch star and a close accreting white dwarf companion, as asserted by Soker (2006).
Hubble Space Telescope Images of Magellanic Cloud Planetary Nebulae
For this reason, LW and TQW focused on the high energy emission from luminous starbursts.
Assessing The Starburst Contribution to the Gamma-Ray and Neutrino Backgrounds
This point is important because it suggests that the observed luminous UV galaxies which have been used to estimate the total stellar density are a representative sample of all star-forming galaxies at z ∼ 6 (Stark et al. 2006; Yan et al. 2006).
Star Formation in a Cosmological Simulation of Reionization