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luminiferous

Syllabification: lu·mi·nif·er·ous
Pronunciation: /ˌlo͞oməˈnif(ə)rəs
 
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Definition of luminiferous in English:

adjective

Producing or transmitting light.
Example sentences
  • These equations described visible light as a portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, and said that the luminiferous ether was not necessary for electromagnetic waves to propagate through space.
  • Thus, with a swiftness approaching the speed of light itself, the luminiferous ether entered the graveyard of discredited scientific ideas.
  • And I have been able to do so because I have become increasingly convinced that culture, like the luminiferous ether of nineteenth-century physics, doesn't do much work.

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