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Definition a dim glowing light

or more technically:  a fluorescence (dim light)  created by a chemical reaction within a living organism; or a dim light that continues to shine from something after the bombarding radiation (stronger light that fell upon it) has ceased
  • She loves to swim in the ocean on nights when phosphorescence shines in her wake.
phosphorescence = a dim glowing light
  • The phosphorescence is caused when movement in the water causes plankton to release tiny pulses of light.
  • phosphorescence = a dim glowing light
  • They came in a pack and he could only see the lines in the water that their fins made and their phosphorescence as they threw themselves on the fish.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • phosphorescence = dim glowing light
  • The edge of the lagoon became a streak of phosphorescence which advanced minutely, as the great wave of the tide flowed.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • phosphorescence = dim glowing light
  • He thought the hole would lead only into some other cave, lit by some ghostly phosphorescence and filled with goodness-knows-what evil creatures of the Underworld.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • phosphorescence = dim glowing light
  • The sea is full of fire on summer nights all the way down from Novastoshnah to Lukannon, and each seal leaves a wake like burning oil behind him and a flaming flash when he jumps, and the waves break in great phosphorescent streaks and swirls.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • phosphorescent = dim glowing light
  • Their fish tails shimmered in rainbow colors, glowing phosphorescent.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan's Curse
  • phosphorescent = with a glowing light
  • Occasionally they sang softly; occasionally they turned cartwheels down by the moving streak of phosphorescence.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • The line of phosphorescence bulged about the sand grains and little pebbles; it held them each in a dimple of tension, then suddenly accepted them with an inaudible syllable and moved on.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • The phosphorescence flashed in the swirl of the water all about his limbs, his other hand seized the ladder.
    Joseph Conrad  --  The Secret Sharer
  • That's what you used to say about phosphorescence when you were little.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • Turning sharply, he walked towards the city's gold phosphorescence.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Dozens of giant phosphorescent seashells decorated, the clearing, each illuminating the surrounding grass with a radius of soft yellow light.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • Their faces are phosphorescent, with darker streaks.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • The paint must be phosphorescent.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • The landscape disappeared in a phosphorescent flash as thirteen bolts of lightning struck the battlefield.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Besides this, Javert possessed in his eye the feline phosphorescence of night birds.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The glow around Mother is unearthly, phosphorescent.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • The basin was full of an emerald liq-uid emitting that phosphorescent glow.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • I'm walking naked as a beam of light along brick paths and squares of grass, phosphorescent and clean.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban

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