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luminous


The sky was luminous with stars.
  glowing or shining

(also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
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luminous luminosity luminosities luminously
Strongly Associated with:   luminary
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  • The sky was luminous with stars.
  • The snow was luminous from the moonlight.
  • She gave a luminous performance.
  • On two occasions I have observed the sea luminous at considerable depths beneath the surface.
    Darwin, Charles  --  The Voyage of the Beagle

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  • I notice the moonlight on the chain-link fence, the way it turns even the ugliest pattern into a delicate, luminous web.
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • Her bare skin looked luminous, and her face was slightly flushed.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • luminous lollies for eating in bed at night.
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • Montag saw the luminous dial of his waterproof [watch].
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Ron threw the cloak back over them as the luminous eyes of Mrs. Norris came round the door.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Using this method, he obtained a luminous substance that burned with an intensity such as had never been seen before.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate

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  • Because the black is so black the eye is simply dazzled, and then there is the shining that seems to come, really, from moonlight, it is so luminous, but their skin glows even in the sun.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • A soft evening light shone over them from the stars and the luminous double moons of Mars.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • But during the first nineteen months of my life I had caught glimpses of broad, green fields, a luminous sky, trees and flowers which the darkness that followed could not wholly blot out.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • The creatures can see where each star has been and where it is going, so that the heavens are filled with rarefied, luminous spaghetti.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • ...were glowing in the unnatural light of a faintly luminous and distinctly visible gaseous exhalation which hung about and enshrouded the mansion.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • The people shouted as each new luminous paper bubble careened, caught fire, and fell.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • It was difficult to realize his work was not out there in the luminous estuary, but behind him, within the brooding gloom.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • The stars gave off a special light, more subtle and luminous than moonlight.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • The moon shed its light onto the wilderness as we walked to school. ... It made snow luminous.
    David Almond  --  Kit’s Wilderness
  • Most of them slept on deck and talked far into the night or hung over the ship’s side watching the luminous dance of the foam thrown up by their bows.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • She had a delicate, chiseled face, black eyebrows angled like a soaring seagull’s wings, a small straight nose and luminous, nutbrown skin.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Virgie looked at the naked, luminous, complicated flower, large and pale as a face on the dark porch.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • Those big blue eyes and the luminous, infrequent smiles reminded her of someone she couldn’t name.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • My eyes turn again and again to the luminous dial of my watch; the hands will not budge.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The hydrangea bush—or snowball bush, as we called it—on our lawn glowed in the sunlight, and I stared at it. I had never really paid any attention to it before. Now it seemed suddenly luminous and alive.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • He has the length and leanness and luminous pallor efface that El Greco gave to his saints.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Then her clouded face cleared suddenly with its luminous smile.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • When I have been truly searching for my treasure, every day has been luminous,
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • The moon is huge and luminous and bounces through all the dazzling white snow, growing brighter.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • There was a whirl of hugs, of presents and cake—baked by Eric, who actually had something of a flair for pastry creation, and decorated by Magnus with luminous frosting that tasted better than it looked.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • On each side of the Hearse, fields of squat, luminously green plants stretched out into a gray forever, broken up only by the occasional horse pasture, barn, or stand of trees.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Her face lit up; she was so pale, so luminous under the streetlight, that wasn’t just an expression.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • And it broke my heart, that luminous smile on that wasted face.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • She was no more than forty, with a black ponytail and luminous skin.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • In the moonlight, her skin was pearly, her eyes darkly luminous.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Her skin was more luminous than the moon, her eyes wider than the sky, deeper than the water, darker than the night.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • She was naked and in the bright afternoon light coming from the slatted window her youthful skin was practically luminous, as though she were somehow lit from inside.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • She stood right where she was, staring up at the luminous butterflies.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • The late-afternoon sunlight leaped lightly from leaf to leaf, slid along branches and down trunks, and dropped Finally to the ground in warm, luminous patches.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • The sky is luminously blue, with large woolly clouds.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • He checked his luminous watch.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Wind: immediate, bright, sweet, briny, luminous.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Zeke had survived many purges of personnel and many tumultuous years in the Bluffton school system by affixing his fate to the more luminous and permanent star of Bennington.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • He paused and his eyes became luminous, distant.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Under his large, luminous face I can see the light switches and the top boards of the wainscoting, and the corner of the small piano, where it juts out.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Reyna eyed the balconies, half expecting luminous shapes to flicker at the railing.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • The days were clear and beautiful; and, as September rolled around, the hateful glare gave way to a certain luminosity, a dusty, golden quality.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • This time the light held soft and luminous to drip palely through branches as the wide path narrowed.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • His gold eyes were luminous in the dark.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • The slight builds, the luminous brown eyes.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
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Associated words [difficulty]:   luminous [1] , luminary [7]
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