Definition of Opalesce

1. Verb. Reflect light or colors like an opal. "The coins opalesce "; "Raindrops caught in a sunbeam seem to opalesce"

Generic synonyms: Reflect, Shine
Derivative terms: Opalescence, Opalescent



2. Verb. Exhibit a play of colors like that of an opal. "This nitrate opalesces under certain conditions"
Generic synonyms: Iridesce
Derivative terms: Opalescence, Opalescent

Definition of Opalesce

1. v. i. To give forth a play of colors, like the opal.

Definition of Opalesce

1. Verb. To be opalescent; to give forth a play of colours, like the opal. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Opalesce

1. to emit an iridescent shimmer of colors [v -ESCED, -ESCING, -ESCES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Opalesce

opacify
opacifying
opacities
opacity
opacous
opacular
opah
opahs
opake
opal
opal codon
opal mutation
opal suppressor
opaled
opalesce (current term)
opalesced
opalescence
opalescences
opalescent
opalescent dentin
opalescently
opalesces
opalescing
opaline
opaline patch
opalines
opalise
opalised
opalises

Literary usage of Opalesce

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1. Manual of Qualitative Chemical Analysis by C. Remigius Fresenius (1897)
"The solutions which contain an oxygen acid, especially a little sulphuric acid, in excess, opalesce with a bluish tint. If a cone of light is thrown into ..."

2. An elementary treatise on mineralogy and geology by Parker Cleaveland (1816)
"It is sometimes imperfectly imitated by artificial glasses : and substances, which resemble tlie opal in its play of colors, are said to opalesce. 2. ..."

3. A Manual of Blow-pipe Analysis: And Determinative Mineralogy by William Elderhorst (1867)
"When pulverized, slowly but completely soluble in SPh ; the glass does not opalesce on cooling. Hardness of chrysoberyl—8.5, of corundum=9 ; color of the ..."

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