1. Shining; emitting or reflecting light; brilliant; bright; as, the is a luminous body; a luminous colour. "Fire burneth wood, making it . . . Luminous." (Bacon) "The mountains lift . . . Their lofty and luminous heads." (Longfellow)
3. Enlightened; intelligent; also, clear; intelligible; as, a luminous mind. " Luminous eloquence." . " A luminous statement." Luminous paint, a paint made up with some phosphorescent substance, as sulphide of calcium, which after exposure to a strong light is luminous in the dark for a time.
Synonyms: Lucid, clear, shining, perspicuous.
Origin: L. Luminosus, fr. Lumen light: cf. F. Lumineux. See Luminary, Illuminate.
(01 Mar 1998)
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