iridescent


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ir·i·des·cent

 (ĭr′ĭ-dĕs′ənt)
adj.
1. Producing a display of lustrous, rainbowlike colors: an iridescent oil slick; iridescent plumage.
2. Brilliant, lustrous, or colorful in effect or appearance: "The prelude was as iridescent as a prism in a morning room" (Carson McCullers).

ir′i·des′cent·ly adv.

iridescent

(ˌɪrɪˈdɛsənt)
adj
displaying a spectrum of colours that shimmer and change due to interference and scattering as the observer's position changes
[C18: from irido- + -escent]
ˌiriˈdescence n
ˌiriˈdescently adv

ir•i•des•cent

(ˌɪr ɪˈdɛs ənt)

adj.
displaying a play of lustrous changing colors like those of the rainbow.
[1790–1800; < Latin īris rainbow]
ir`i•des′cence, n.
ir`i•des′cent•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.iridescent - varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles; "changeable taffeta"; "chatoyant (or shot) silk"; "a dragonfly hovered, vibrating and iridescent"
colorful, colourful - having striking color; "colorful autumn leaves"
2.iridescent - having a play of lustrous rainbow colors; "an iridescent oil slick"; "nacreous (or pearlescent) clouds looking like mother-of-pearl"; "a milky opalescent (or opaline) luster"
bright - emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts; "the sun was bright and hot"; "a bright sunlit room"

iridescent

adjective shimmering, pearly, opalescent, shot, opaline, prismatic, rainbow-coloured, polychromatic, nacreous iridescent bubbles
Translations
duhově měňavý
farvestrålende
kirjava
színjátszó
í regnbogalitum, litskrúîugur
vaivorykštės spalvųvaivorykštinis švytėjimas
zaigojošs
dúhovo sfarbený
gökkuşağı gibi renkler saçanrengârenk

iridescent

[ˌɪrɪˈdesnt] ADJiridiscente, irisado, tornasolado

iridescent

[ˌɪrɪˈdɛsənt] adj (literary)iridescent(e)

iridescent

adj (liter)irisierend; plumage also, water, bubbleschillernd; opals, silkschimmernd

iridescent

[ˌɪrɪˈdɛsnt] adj (frm) → iridescente

iridescent

(iriˈdesnt) adjective
shining or glittering with the colours of the rainbow. Soap bubbles are iridescent.
ˌiriˈdescence noun
References in classic literature ?
He selected a costume of pea-green and pink satin and velvet, with embroidered shags on all the edges and iridescent pearls for ornaments.
It clung to me for some time, monstrous, half conviction and half hope as to its body, with an iridescent tail of dreams and with a changeable head like a plastic mask.
It was not now the season when they hid half the heavens with their flight day after day; but they were in myriads all through the woods, where their iridescent breasts shone like a sudden untimely growth of flowers when you came upon them from the front.
Then she has a sage-green robe, "mystic, wonderful," all embroidered with subtle devices and flowers, and birds of tender tint; very straight and tight in front, and adorned behind, along the spine, with large, strange, iridescent buttons.
Here a little knot of struggling warriors trampled a bed of gorgeous pimalia; there the curved sword of a black man found the heart of a thern and left its dead foeman at the foot of a wondrous statue carved from a living ruby; yonder a dozen therns pressed a single pirate back upon a bench of emerald, upon whose iridescent surface a strangely beautiful Barsoomian design was traced out in inlaid diamonds.
Then the sun rose, a ray of yellow gold stole across the sky, and the sky was iridescent.
These dream episodes constituted for him another land of Otherwhere, mysterious, unreal, and evanescent as clouds drifting across the sky or bubbles taking iridescent form and bursting on the surface of the sea.
He began by blowing--by means of his machinery and air-pumps--several large bubbles which he allowed to float upward into the sky, where the sunshine fell upon them and gave them iridescent hues that were most beautiful.
Billy had to drag Saxon away from the window of a fascinating shop where were iridescent pearls of abalone, set and unset.
Rich furs and strange iridescent mats from some Oriental bazaar were scattered upon the floor.
I am not going in this time with any iridescent ideas.
He played with the idea and grew wilful; tossed it into the air and transformed it; let it escape and recaptured it; made it iridescent with fancy and winged it with paradox.