Definition of triboluminescence in English:

triboluminescence

Line breaks: tribo|lumin|es¦cence
Pronunciation: /ˌtrʌɪbə(ʊ)luːmɪˈnɛs(ə)ns
 
, ˌtrɪ-/

noun

[mass noun]
  • The emission of light from a substance caused by rubbing, scratching, or similar frictional contact.
    More example sentences
    • Even today we have a limited understanding of triboluminescence and much remains to be discovered.
    • The English scholar Francis Bacon observed triboluminescence as he chopped blocks of cane sugar at night in 1605.
    • When the crystals are pressed or scraped with a rod, the bright green flashes of the triboluminescence will be observed.

Derivatives

triboluminescent

adjective
More example sentences
  • It occurred to me, however, that triboluminescent materials, which emit light only when fractured, could offer a better approach.
  • Some scientists believe that crystal structure and impurities are central to whether a material becomes triboluminescent.
  • One reference states that research is underway to apply triboluminescent flashes to sense automobile crashes and inflate air bags.

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