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36 Adjectives Describing Light

A bright constellation of adjectives referring to various qualities of light, or other phenomena related to light, is brought to light in the list below. Quite a few of them, from lucent to lustrous (and even illuminating), stem from the Latin word lucere, meaning “to shine,” while many others begin with the consonant gl-, betraying their descent from a proto-Germanic word with the same meaning.

1. Aureate: brilliantly golden; also, grandiloquent
2. Blinding: so bright as to obscure vision
3. Coruscating: flashing, or sparkling; also, brilliant or showy
4. Crepuscular: dim, or resembling twilight; also, said of animals active during twilight
5. Dappled: marked by spotted or patchy light; also, marks of this kind on a surface
6. Fluorescent: giving off light produced by another source of illumination
7. Glancing: intermittently flashing or gleaming
8. Gleaming: shining, radiant
9. Glimmering: faintly or unsteadily shining
10. Glinting: see gleaming; also, appearing briefly, or glancing briefly
11. Glistening: see lustrous
12. Glistering: see glittering
13. Glittering: flashing or sparkling; also brilliantly and/or superficially attractive or appealing
14. Glossy: bright on the surface; also, artificially opulent or sophisticated
15. Illuminating: bright or shining; also, highlighted or made clear
16. Incandescent: warm, glowing
17. Iridescent: rainbow colored
18. Lucent: bright, clear, or shining
19. Lucid: see lucent; also, easy to understand
20. Lucifugal: shunning light, as in the case of nocturnal animals
21. Lucifugous: see lucifugal
22. Luminescent: shining by chemical or physiological means
23. Luminous: full of light
24. Lustrous: smooth, evenly lit; also, brilliant or eminent
25. Opaque: blocking light; also, obtuse, or difficult to understand
26. Opalescent: see iridescent
27. Penumbral: partially shaded
28. Phosphorescent: continuing to glow after removal of a light source
29. Prismatic: brilliant, or resembling colors formed by passing light through a prism
30. Radiant: glowing, or radiating light
31. Resplendent: brilliant or glowing
32. Scintillating: sparking, or sparkling; also, brilliant, as said of personality
33. Shimmering: soft or wavering light or reflection
34. Spangling: see glittering
35. Spectral: made by a range of colors of the spectrum; also, ghostly
36. Translucent: diffused, or transparent

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4 Responses to “36 Adjectives Describing Light”

  • Lena on May 01, 2012 3:31 pm

This was en-‘light’-ening!

There is a difference between transparent and translucent ,at least as we use it in laboratory situations. Something that is transparent allows the image on the other side of the observer to be seen plainly, even if only darkly or with enhanced light. Something that is translucent allows light to pass through but blurs or obscures the image on the other side.

When the particles that a material is made of are smaller than the wavelength of visible light, the material is transparent. When particles are suspended in an otherwise transparent medium are larger, they impede transmission and the material becomes translucent.

It seems there are many more that could be added to this list such a efulgent, vivid, brilliant . There are words that reflect light such as reflective, shiny, burnished, etc.

There is a difference between transparent and translucent ,at least as we use it in laboratory situations. Something that is transparent allows the image on the other side of the observer to be seen plainly, even if only darkly or with enhanced light. Something that is translucent allows light to pass through but blurs or obscures the image on the other side.

When the particles that a material is made of are smaller than the wavelength of visible light, the material is transparent. When particles are suspended in an otherwise transparent medium are larger, they impede transmission and the material becomes translucent.

Dark and Light – Creative Writing

Silently, I strolled down the lifeless alley. I could hear the gravel under my feet as I stepped quietly along the snake-like path. A dark, hideous building stood before me that looked like a scene from a horror story. I stared at it and spotted; cracked windows; corroded drainpipes; poorly sculptured statues and a rusty old fence that surrounded the building like a cage. At the heart of the house was an auburn door that had cobwebs disguising it like a facade.

As I got closer I could smell the aroma of tulips, roses and all sorts of flowers.

I approached the backyard and witnessed a whole acre of flowers. It looked like a rainbow had fallen to the ground. Towards my left I could see that the back door was open. Silently, I crept in the direction of the door and peeked inside. The kitchen was a mess; there were dishes towering up in the sink; windows that hadn’t been cleaned since the Stone Age and the tiled floor looked like a blanket of dust.

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The amount of cobwebs in each corner was innumerable. After sightseeing, I decided to explore this building. First, I ambled down the dazzling ruby corridor and into the next room.

I sneaked in and gazed at the walls. Each square was filled with animals’ heads, and if they weren’t on the walls they were on a shelf, stuffed and concealed in a box. It was like a zoo that had been silenced. I started to walk backwards, but tripped over a leg of some sort.

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Shocked, I got up and saw that there was nothing there. I scanned the room and spotted nothing, as a matter of fact, it had gone quieter. It was so quiet you could here a spider crawl across the floor. There were so many animals on the wall that you could not identify the shade of paint on it.

Suddenly, I heard a loud cough coming from the other room. Stunned, I tiptoed across the hallway and in to the next room. The coughing got louder as I came closer towards the chair. I quickly leaped in front of it but slowly opened my eyes; I could still here the coughing so I assumed it was still there. But after I had opened my eyes completely, I experienced the most preposterous thing, nothing stood before me, just a rocking chair. Without thinking, I got up and ran like the wind, out of the room and down the hallway. I could feel the place getting hotter. It felt like an oven, and I was the turkey.

It had been hours since I had a drink, so I decided to get myself one. Lost, I walked nervously around the house like a sheep in a herd of cows. As I strolled on, I could hear some music. I ran towards the noise but when I got there it stopped. I appeared to be in a room of mirrors. They glistened like a thousand stars in the night sky. I could see myself in each area of the room. Elevated above my head was a golden chandelier that sparkled like the scales on a goldfish. Why was there a room full of mirrors? Confused, I was determined to find the story about the mirrors.

It went quiet for a minute, then I heard creaking coming from the stairs. I walked slowly up the spiralling staircase that had been painted murky green. The creaking was still repeating itself as I completed my saunter up the stairs. I examined the vicinity and spotted a room that had moving objects within it. I took a quick glance inside and observed that it was just the shadows of the fish inside their tanks, which were reflecting onto the floor. I walked into the room, and could describe it as a world underwater, because there were about two hundred fish in that room.

The walls were covered with every shade of blue that you could imagine. It looked like a blue paint chart that had just been scattered across the wall. As soon as I stepped out of the room, I could immediately smell the revolting stench of burning rubber. My nose tracked down the horrible smell and it appeared to be coming from the attic. I pulled the stairs down towards and climbed up into the dim, gloomy attic. Crates filled up all the open space available, so in order to get to my destination I had to squeeze through the little amount of legroom I had.

I opened crate by crate to find out which one had the smell coming from it. I was like a boy opening his presents at Christmas. All the crates had been opened except one. This specific crate had a sentence written on it. It said, “If you want to win a prize then open the crate, but I must warn you, it will be your worst nightmare. ” After ten minutes of thinking it through, ‘Should I or Shouldn’t I,’ the sentence spun around in my mind like a carousel. I decided to take the risk, I mean it couldn’t be that bad. Slowly, I opened it and saw…. Well, what do you think it was?

Lights – quotes and descriptions to inspire creative writing

Lights rise to ignite the hues to a vivid playfulness.

Lights come upon white horses into the night.

Lights come as the rainbows of the night.

Lights echo the stars as if they were heavens chorus.

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