What does the word phosphorescent mean?

Usage examples for phosphorescent

  1. All phosphorescent substances require friction to produce their full volume of light; this is exemplified at sea during a calm tropical night, when the ocean sleeps in utter darkness and quietude and not a ripple disturbs the broad surface of the water. – Eight Years' Wandering in Ceylon by Samuel White Baker
  2. Running before the wind swiftly on a night of phosphorescent sea, when the waves opened to white hollows with frayed white ridges, wreaths of hissing silver, her eyelids closed, and her hand wandered over the silken coverlet to the hammock cloth, and up, in a blind effort to touch. – The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  3. Dusk was already making the air deeply, softly blue, and through it the whitewashed lintel gleamed out almost as clearly as the phosphorescent fish nailed against the wall. – Beggars on Horseback by F. Tennyson Jesse