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luminous
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Definition glowing or shining

(also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)

Much more rarely, luminous can mean beautiful, inspiring, or beautifully clear and understandable.
  • The sky was luminous with stars.
luminous = glowing or shining
  • The snow was luminous from the moonlight.
  • luminous = glowing or shining
  • She gave a luminous performance.
  • luminous = shining
  • On two occasions I have observed the sea luminous at considerable depths beneath the surface.
    Darwin, Charles  --  The Voyage of the Beagle
  • The moon shed its light onto the wilderness as we walked to school. ... It made snow luminous.
    David Almond  --  Kit's Wilderness
  • luminous = glow or shine
  • 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
  • luminous = glowing or shining

    (also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
  • 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
  • luminous = glowing or shining

    (also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
  • He has the length and leanness and luminous pallor efface that El Greco gave to his saints.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • luminous = glowing
  • Then her clouded face cleared suddenly with its luminous smile.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • luminous = shining or beautiful
  • 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
  • luminous = glowing or shining

    (also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
  • Out of a helicopter glided something that was not machine, not animal, not dead, not alive, glowing with a pale green luminosity.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • luminosity = glow (emission of light)
  • And on the dresser David's daffodils, delicate as skin and almost luminous, collecting the light from the hall.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • luminous = glowing or shining
  • Virgie looked at the naked, luminous, complicated flower, large and pale as a face on the dark porch.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • luminous = glowing (or perhaps beautiful)
  • Montag saw the luminous dial of his waterproof [watch].
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • luminous = glowing
  • luminous lollies for eating in bed at night.
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • luminous = softly bright
  • ...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
  • luminous = glowing or shining

    (also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
  • Those big blue eyes and the luminous, infrequent smiles reminded her of someone she couldn't name.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • luminous = shining (perhaps beautiful)
  • 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
  • luminous = shining
  • Her bare skin looked luminous, and her face was slightly flushed.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • luminous = glowing (beautiful)
  • The people shouted as each new luminous paper bubble careened, caught fire, and fell.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
luminous = glowing or shining

(also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)

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