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  1. phosphorescent(adj)

    emitting light without appreciable heat as by slow oxidation of phosphorous

    "the phosphorescent glow of decaying wood"


  1. phosphorescent(Noun)

    A phosphorescent substance.

  2. phosphorescent(Adjective)

    Having the property of emitting light for a period of time after the source of excitation is taken away, e.g., in electrostatic storage tubes and cathode-ray tubes.

  3. Origin: From phosphorus + -escent. It's interesting to note that technically phosphorus is not phosphorescent. Phosphorus is luminescent, it gives off light from a chemical reaction, as opposed to re-emission of absorbed energy (phosphorescence). (Reference: John Emsley, The Shocking History of Phosphorus, ISBN 0-330-39005-8.)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Phosphorescent(adj)

    shining with a phosphoric light; luminous without sensible heat

  2. Phosphorescent(noun)

    a phosphorescent substance

  3. Origin: [Cf. F. phosphorescent.]


  1. Phosphorescent

    Phosphorescent is the working moniker of American singer-songwriter Matthew Houck. Originally from Alabama, Houck began recording and performing under this nom de plume in 2001 in Athens, Georgia. He is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of phosphorescent in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of phosphorescent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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