Definition of fluorescent in English:

fluorescent

adjective

  • 1(of a substance) having or showing fluorescence.

    ‘a fluorescent dye’
    • ‘Many diamonds are fluorescent and phosphorescent under ultraviolet radiation.’
    • ‘This leads to an accumulation of fluorescent proteins absorbing blue light and thereby appearing yellow.’
    • ‘They are made visible primarily by black light on fluorescent paint that is strategically applied to sets, props and various parts of bodies.’
    • ‘We felt that we could couple this platform to fluorescent dyes and other optically active substances, making it feasible to analyze drug uptake and efficacy by optical techniques.’
    • ‘The researchers chose the jellyfish gene for a green fluorescent protein that other researchers had used to create glowing green eyes in houseflies and some other insects.’
    • ‘Becquerel in Paris wondered whether naturally fluorescent or phosphorescent substances might also emit X-rays.’
    • ‘First, however, Pieribone and his colleagues are searching global coral reefs for new fluorescent proteins, ones that better shine through bones and muscle tissue.’
    • ‘Under the black light, the fluorescent ink glows!’
    • ‘If you decide to ‘go fish,’ consider fluorescent paint and black lights, perhaps, or a collaboration with the science department.’
    • ‘Some fluorescent materials, under the appropriate conditions, will also phosphoresce.’
    • ‘The basins repeatedly filled with water, spiked with fluorescent pigment, which glowed a toxic green under the black Light, then emptied, in a slow, inexorable rhythm.’
    • ‘Since they are induced by light, they occur during the transition of the fluorescent protein through the laser spot.’
    • ‘She said nothing for a moment, merely staring at the glowing fluorescent crystal on the ceiling.’
    • ‘After fascinating physicists for over a decade, fluorescent semiconductor nanocrystals are finally fulfilling their promise in the biology lab.’
    • ‘One primer of the pair was tagged with a fluorescent dye phosphoramidite.’
    • ‘Positioned next to it is another glass plate coated with a fluorescent substance.’
    • ‘In nature, the gene cues a jellyfish to make a bright-green fluorescent protein.’
    • ‘In scintillation counting, a fluorescent material absorbs the energy of the photon and emits a new photon as a flash of light (the scintillation) in response.’
    • ‘There are eccentric people, who spend hours trying to capture the colors produced by fluorescent minerals under ultraviolet radiation.’
    • ‘Both fluorescent substances bound to the plaques.’
    gleaming, bright, illuminated, lit, lighted, ablaze, brilliant, lustrous, glowing, glinting, sparkling, coruscating, twinkling, flickering, glittering, glistening, shimmering, flashing, dazzling, glaring, luminous, luminescent, incandescent, phosphorescent
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    1. 1.1 Containing a fluorescent tube.
      ‘fluorescent lighting’
      • ‘This isn't an office - It's Hell with fluorescent lighting.’
      • ‘If you do use a small monitor, having fluorescent lighting on in the room will make things worse.’
      • ‘The canopies were repaired and waterproofed, using a glass-fibre casing, and equipped with new fluorescent lighting.’
      • ‘Many of us remember the former Smithsonian exhibition on human culture in Africa, with its pale walls, dusty cases, fluorescent lighting, and yellowing labels.’
      • ‘The worst problems are generally from sources above or behind you, including fluorescent lighting and sunlight.’
      • ‘Solid-state lighting would use about one-fifth the energy of standard fluorescent lighting and last for approximately 50 years.’
      • ‘Projections show that eventual efficiencies could reach those of fluorescent lighting with appropriate development.’
      • ‘Find a bathroom with tile floors and subdued fluorescent lighting.’
      • ‘The banker was unimpressed, and when he learned that Tesla had done nothing regarding fluorescent lighting, he threw him out.’
      • ‘The school looks so much different when it's not all lit up with the cheap fluorescent lighting.’
      • ‘The fluorescent lighting in the room was nearly blinding and my head like hell.’
      • ‘Two serial sections from each block were cut and stained; one set was reviewed immediately, and the other was exposed to 8 hours of direct fluorescent lighting.’
      • ‘It's not the most convenient location and it's not much to look at either: fluorescent lighting, a couple of booths with flowered upholstery and a few inexplicable Dutch ornaments on the walls.’
      • ‘Under the fluorescent lighting, he looked oddly attractive.’
      • ‘Jess pulled him out of the dorm room and into the harsh fluorescent lighting of the hallway.’
      • ‘It uses efficient fluorescent lighting, has passive solar heating and has R 60 insulation in the ceiling.’
      • ‘Immediately fluorescent overhead lighting was switched on and an old man dressed in a butler suit hurried down the hall to meet her.’
      • ‘In large open spaces, dimmable fluorescent fixtures will allow lighting levels to match changing conditions.’
      • ‘The latrines are appropriately dreary and spartan, their fluorescent lighting bathed in a familiar hazy glow.’
      • ‘Task lighting consists of lamps that assist in performing a task, and therefore comes in the form of fluorescent lighting.’
  • 2Vividly colourful.

    ‘a fluorescent T-shirt’
    • ‘Winter will be bursting with pink rabbit, technological designs and fluorescent and coloured tartans.’
    • ‘The brilliant orange sunlight of dusk poured into the building from above his head, illuminating everything with vibrant, almost fluorescent colour.’
    • ‘There are always limitations with print film as we know it, but other than fluorescent colours, today's photoprocessors can go reasonably close.’
    • ‘Chadha seems to think that as long as you pile on the songs, splatter the screen in bright colours and have lots of men with fluorescent white teeth gyrating with pretty women, that will do.’
    • ‘I also suspect that while I was collecting an extended family of trolls with differently coloured fluorescent hair, these guys spent their early days making Airfix models of battleships.’
    • ‘Within the series of Fluro artworks, Darragh contrasts the fluorescent colour with the stark white walls of the gallery.’
    • ‘In daylight, the human brain reacts more quickly to fluorescent colours than any other shade-even white.’
    • ‘Inexpensive measures can potentially enhance conspicuity - for example, adding a light source and the use of light, bright, reflective, or fluorescent colours.’
    • ‘This was an impressive scenic dive, with huge yellow clumps of sponge, masses of cup corals with their almost fluorescent colours and featherstars everywhere.’
    • ‘Your skin will be pale yellow and your urine coloured fluorescent green.’
    • ‘Using beads, sequins and hand woven superfine cotton saris in fluorescent colours that Kanchan had taken with her from India, the two began work together almost immediately.’
    • ‘Green is the most luminous and intense of the fluorescent colors; when pink and green are mixed they seem to radiate yellow.’
    • ‘The blue and white fluorescent colours at the other end of the spectrum represent light oil or condensate expelled from source rocks at higher levels of maturity, corresponding with peak to late generation.’
    • ‘At the stroke of midnight, firecrackers shot up throughout the city and illuminated the sky with colourful fluorescent streaks.’
    • ‘He was wearing a dark coloured bobble hat and a dark jacket with a fluorescent yellow sleeveless tabard over the top.’
    • ‘Security-minded customers will find the lock easy to remove and easy to see with its bright fluorescent orange casing.’
    • ‘The inclusions show a wide range of fluorescent colours including red, light brown, orange, yellow, green, white and blue.’
    shining, light, brilliant, vivid, blazing, dazzling, beaming, intense, glaring
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noun

  • A fluorescent tube or lamp.

    • ‘Despite the dark tint and moody atmosphere of the show, the set lights up in fluorescents and strong blues and yellows, and the colors come through strong.’
    • ‘Forget about fluorescents: they make it worse.’
    • ‘First off, they wanted plenty of light, so the architect placed every work space within 20 feet of a window, with glare-reducing indirect lights instead of fluorescents.’
    • ‘LED exit lights offer an energy savings of more than 85 percent when compared to exit lights using incandescent lamps, and more than 50 percent for exit lights using compact fluorescents.’
    • ‘All the incandescent versions of linear task lights and some of the fluorescents are dimmable, which is a great advantage, allowing varying levels of lighting.’
    • ‘Switch to compact fluorescents for your five most-used lights.’
    • ‘Instead of replacing high-wattage incandescent lamps with compact fluorescents, for example, one ESCO installed lower-wattage incandescent bulbs.’
    • ‘Even though the shop was lit by dim fluorescents in the evenings and I was normally there well after dark, his pupils were always beady and tight, as if he was standing in a pool of bright light.’
    • ‘The building core wall on the left, typically a dark area, is brightened by copper lighting fixtures that utilize compact fluorescents with electronic ballasts and other low-energy equipment.’
    • ‘Replace incandescent light bulbs with fluorescents, which last longer and use less energy.’
    • ‘When replacing standard fluorescents with efficient T8 lamps, it is necessary to replace the existing ballasts with electronics ballasts.’
    • ‘Out with the desk lamps, bare bulbs, buzzing fluorescents.’
    • ‘And apart from two very faint stripes of marginally lighter brown decorating his face, his fur was unrelieved by any markings, and seemed to absorb the light from the overhead fluorescents.’
    • ‘Energy efficient fluorescents provide excellent light quality, and are long lasting.’
    • ‘For the same light output as an incandescent, most compact fluorescents use only one-third to one-fourth the energy.’
    • ‘By replacing 25% of your lights with fluorescents, you can knock almost 50% off your lighting bill.’
    • ‘If incandescent lamps have the advantage of producing a softer, more flattering light, why would anyone use fluorescents?’
    • ‘Organic light-emitting diode technology may provide a better way of generating white light with improved illumination quality over today's fluorescents.’
    • ‘All the characters are unflinchingly presented as if lit by fluorescents, which somehow suits the story's Manichean division of Sharks & Chumps.’
    • ‘The new high color rendering fluorescents are a good choice for a general light source that you turn on every day.’

Pronunciation

fluorescent

/flʊəˈrɛs(ə)nt//flɔːˈrɛs(ə)nt/