phosphorescence definition

  • noun:
    • Persistent emission of light following experience of and removal of incident radiation.
    • Emission of light without burning or by really slow-burning without appreciable temperature, as from the sluggish oxidation of phosphorous: "He saw the phosphorescence associated with the Gulf weed in the liquid” ( Ernest Hemingway).
    • The emission of light without having any perceptible temperature; the caliber of being phosphorescent.
    • The quality or state of being phosphorescent; and/or work of phosphorescing.
    • A phosphoric light.
    • hawaii or personality of being phosphorescent; the property which certain systems possess of becoming luminous without undergoing burning.
    • a fluorescence that persists after the bombarding radiation has actually ceased

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