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Luminescence caused by the excitation of electrons during the rubbing, crushing, or tearing of a material.

[Greek trībein, to rub; see terə- in Indo-European roots + luminescence.]


(General Physics) luminescence produced by friction, such as the emission of light when certain crystals are crushed
ˌtriboˌlumiˈnescent adj


(ˌtraɪ boʊˌlu məˈnɛs əns, ˌtrɪb oʊ-)

luminescence produced by friction, usu. within a crystalline substance.
tri`bo•lu`mi•nes′cent, adj.


a form of Iuminescence created by friction. — triboluminescent, adj.
See also: Light
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