What does iridescence mean?

Definitions for iridescence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. opalescence, iridescence(noun)

    the visual property of something having a milky brightness and a play of colors from the surface


  1. iridescence(Noun)

    The condition or state of being iridescent; exhibition of colors like those of the rainbow; a prismatic play of color.

  2. iridescence(Noun)

    Any shimmer of glittering and changeable colors.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Iridescence(noun)

    exhibition of colors like those of the rainbow; the quality or state of being iridescent; a prismatic play of color; as, the iridescence of mother-of-pearl

  2. Origin: [See Iridescent.]


  1. Iridescence

    Iridescence is generally known as the property of certain surfaces that appear to change color as the angle of view or the angle of illumination changes. Examples of iridescence include soap bubbles, butterfly wings and sea shells.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of iridescence in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of iridescence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Nick Wiltgen:

    In clouds, iridescence is a byproduct of sunlight being diffracted by water droplets or ice crystals, causing the various wavelengths of light – which we see as colours – to emerge at different angles, as they reach the observer’s eye, the observer perceives a pattern of various colours as those different wavelengths reach his or her eye from distinct directions, rather than being jumbled together and appearing whitish.

Images & Illustrations of iridescence

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