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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lumination Illumination.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lumination Illumination.
    • n lumination A lighting up; a flashing out, as of light or energy; an illuminating outburst.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lumination a lighting up
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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.”


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


In literature:

It is that Seed which entering into luminous bodies giveth light and heat.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
We now see how our dark immensity of attractive atoms can become luminous.
"Recreations in Astronomy" by Henry Warren
When he turned it seemed he saw her eyes, her lips, her whole face luminous.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
How luminous that look was now!
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
Therefore we consider it settled that the passage refers to some luminous body.
"The Vedanta-Sutras with the Commentary by Sankaracarya"
In these burning, luminous moods Byron's mind did its best work.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
Happy the man that hath entered the shadow of its luminous standard, and laid fast hold thereon.
"Epistle to the Son of the Wolf" by Bahá’u’lláh
This faintness may have only been apparent, and might arise from the circumstance of the stars being then projected on a luminous background.
"Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men" by Francois Arago
Her large, fine eyes, her one perfectly natural feature, were soft and luminous.
"A Lost Leader" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The cats were out upon the tiles, then, and his was the luminous, expressive silence of a sphere.
"Adventures in Criticism" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
These luminous intensities refer to the maximum horizontal candle-power.
"Artificial Light" by M. Luckiesh
As the tiny luminous circle flowered into wider flame the match was held higher.
"Phantom Wires" by Arthur Stringer
His eyes were of a light grey colour, clear and luminous.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
Black also was his turban, and black his large and luminous eye.
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
Upon every page should be found the luminous evidence of its divine origin.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 6 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Discussions" by Robert G. Ingersoll
The most luminous upper portions were free from bark, the exposed patches of wood below being equally brilliant.
"Eye Spy" by William Hamilton Gibson
It is he who is the star, because his luminous doctrine enlightens all minds.
"Ecce Homo!" by Paul Henry Thiry Baron d' Holbach
Dr. Abercrombie's views on this subject are so luminous that I shall transcribe them.
"Curiosities of Medical Experience" by J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
I stood there lost in wonder in the grey, luminous gloom.
"Memoirs of a Midget" by Walter de la Mare
As I did so they closed and appeared as two darkly luminous slits in the perfect oval of the face.
"Tales of Secret Egypt" by Sax Rohmer

In poetry:

The stork that seeks the tropic glows,
It knoweth whither it is bound;
And the revolving planet knows
The circle of its luminous round.
"The Wanderer" by Mathilde Blind
So that no sage can say
In pensive progress near where they decay,
'This stone records a luminous line whose talents
Told in their day.'
"The Obliterate Tomb" by Thomas Hardy
'And that no sage may say
In pensive progress near where we decay:
"This stone records a luminous line whose talents
Told in their day."'
"The Obliterate Tomb" by Thomas Hardy
'What are you still, still thinking,
He asked in vague surmise,
'That you stare at the wick unblinking
With those great lost luminous eyes?'
"The Moth-Signal (On Egdon Heath)" by Thomas Hardy
The narrow room had vanished,--space,
Broad, luminous, remained alone,
Through which all hues and shapes of grace
And beauty looked or shone.
"Raphael" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Every frail face looking a different way,
O'er you arriveth a silver ray;
Bronze boughs embroider a pearly grey,
Luminous air in the wildwood.
"Early April" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel

In news:

Denver proves fruitful ground for Wes Schultz and the Lumineers.
The Lumineers might just be the most exciting thing happening in Colorado music right now — and that's funny for a number of reasons.
The Lumineers Will Get Stuck In Your Head.
Bands like The Lumineers help illustrate the point.
Pittsburgh, — Emerson Process Management has received a contract from Luminant of Dallas, Texas, formerly TXU Power, for four high-fidelity simulators.
The simulators will be used to equip the power generator's new Luminant Training Academy, located in Tyler, Texas.
Highlighters are a great way to get luminous skin, but we get that they're tricky to use.
Super-luminous supernovas, the biggest known explosions in space, remain shrouded in mystery.
Flood Light Increases Luminous Flux.
Walk into the Monterey Bay Aquarium and you may find yourself surrounded by a ghostly swarm of luminous, pulsing phantoms.
Going forward, GELcore, LLC, will operate as Lumination, LLC.
Their skin is always luminous and glowing (yes, J.Lo, we mean you.).
The Lumineers perform at ACL.
The Lumineers played at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on the Austin Ventures Stage at 5 pm on Sunday, Oct 14.
The latest creative type to get inspired is Matt Fisher, a photographer who captured the isle's luminous creepiness in his shots.

In science:

Finally rotation modifies the evolutionary track in the HR diagram, making them bluer and more luminous .
SPINSTARS at low metallicities
Eq.(21) shows that the relative S-velocity tends to c as either of the two observers approaches the state of a luminal particle.
A generalized Principle of Relativity
T-velocity for the luminal particle only if condition m = 0 is imposed.
A generalized Principle of Relativity
The ob jects in this list contain many O and early B-type supergiants, as well as a number of ”super luminous” Wolf-Rayet stars and OB associations.
Chandra ACIS Survey of M33 (ChASeM33): A First Look
Ongoing merging is the primary but not the only triggering mechanism for luminous AGN activity.
Is AGN feedback necessary to form red elliptical galaxies?
The galaxy experienced a ma jor merger associated with luminous AGN activity (LAGN ∼ LEdd, MB ∼ −22.6) at z ≃ 2.04 followed by another ma jor merger at z ≃ 1.72 and a minor merger z ≃ 1.08 − 1.18.
Is AGN feedback necessary to form red elliptical galaxies?
The evolution of the luminous component is driven by the hierarchical growth of the dark matter halo through smooth accretion and merging.
Is AGN feedback necessary to form red elliptical galaxies?
Had we simulated the central galaxy of a galaxy cluster, where the critical halo mass is crossed much earlier, we would have seen a much more luminous AGN and a shutdown of AGN activity at a much higher redshift.
Is AGN feedback necessary to form red elliptical galaxies?
Blue Horizontal-Branch (BHB) stars are excellent tracers of Galactic halo dynamics, because they are luminous and have a nearly constant absolute magnitude within a restricted color range (see, e.g., Sirko et al. 2004 for BHB stars in SDSS).
The Milky Way's Circular Velocity Curve to 60 kpc and an Estimate of the Dark Matter Halo Mass from Kinematics of ~2400 SDSS Blue Horizontal Branch Stars
The O-supergiant, like other massive and luminous stars, has a strong radiatively driven wind that may be partially accreted through the gravitational force of the black hole.
Stellar Wind Variations During the X-ray High and Low States of Cygnus X-1
Both systems merit a closer look, because 116 is one of the brightest X-ray sources among all WR stars, while 118 is the most luminous WR star and thus, the most luminous unevolved star known in the Local Group (cf.
A Spectroscopic Survey of WNL Stars in the LMC: General Properties and Binary Status
High-redshift, dust-obscured galaxies – selected to be luminous in the radio but relatively faint at 850 µm – appear to represent a different population from the ultra-luminous submillimeter- (submm-) bright population.
Interferometric CO Observations of submillimeter-faint, radio-selected starburst galaxies at z~2
However, Almeida et al. (2007) predict that the velocity dispersions of luminous red galaxies (most luminous early-type BCGs are LRGs) were smaller, not larger, in the past.
Evolution in the structural properties of early-type Brightest Cluster Galaxies at small lookback time and dependence on the environment
We suggest that some groups with a luminous cool core may have been transferred into the corona class in a strong radio outburst. 5) In the LCC class, there is a general trend (albeit with large scatter) that more luminous cool cores host more luminous radio AGN.
Every BCG with a strong radio AGN has an X-ray cool core: is the cool core - noncool core dichotomy too simple?
More luminous cool cores generally host more luminous radio AGN, or the LCC class is tilted.
Every BCG with a strong radio AGN has an X-ray cool core: is the cool core - noncool core dichotomy too simple?