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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BRIGHT, a. brite. [Heb. to shine.]
1. Shining; lucid; luminous; splendid; as a bright sun or star; a bright metal.
2. Clear; transparent; as liquors.
3. Evident; clear; manifest to the mind,as light is to the eyes.
4. Resplendent with charms; as a bright beauty; the brightest fair.
5. Illuminated with science; sparkling with wit; as the brightest of men.
6. Illustrious; glorious; as the brightest period of a kingdom.
7. In popular language, ingenious; possessing an active mind.
8. Promising good or success; as bright prospects.
9. Sparkling; animated; as bright eyes.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts; "the sun was bright and hot"; "a bright sunlit room" [ant: dull]
2: having striking color; "bright dress"; "brilliant tapestries"; "a bird with vivid plumage" [syn: bright, brilliant, vivid]
3: characterized by quickness and ease in learning; "some children are brighter in one subject than another"; "smart children talk earlier than the average" [syn: bright, smart]
4: having lots of light either natural or artificial; "the room was bright and airy"; "a stage bright with spotlights"
5: made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow; "bright silver candlesticks"; "a burnished brass knocker"; "she brushed her hair until it fell in lustrous auburn waves"; "rows of shining glasses"; "shiny black patents" [syn: bright, burnished, lustrous, shining, shiny]
6: splendid; "the bright stars of stage and screen"; "a bright moment in history"; "the bright pageantry of court"
7: not made dim or less bright; "undimmed headlights"; "surprisingly the curtain started to rise while the houselights were still undimmed" [syn: undimmed, bright] [ant: dim, dimmed]
8: clear and sharp and ringing; "the bright sound of the trumpet section"; "the brilliant sound of the trumpets" [syn: bright, brilliant]
9: characterized by happiness or gladness; "bright faces"; "all the world seems bright and gay"
10: full or promise; "had a bright future in publishing"; "the scandal threatened an abrupt end to a promising political career"; "a hopeful new singer on Broadway" [syn: bright, hopeful, promising] adv
1: with brightness; "the stars shone brilliantly"; "the windows glowed jewel bright" [syn: brilliantly, brightly, bright]

Merriam Webster's

biographical name John 1811-1889 English orator & statesman

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English beorht; akin to Old High German beraht bright, Sanskrit bhr?jate it shines Date: before 12th century 1. a. radiating or reflecting light ; shining, sparkling <bright lights> <bright eyes> b. sunny <a bright day>; also radiant with happiness <bright smiling faces> <bright moments> 2. illustrious, glorious <brightest star of the opera> 3. beautiful 4. of high saturation or lightness <bright colors> 5. a. lively, cheerful <be bright and jovial among your guests Shakespeare> b. intelligent, clever <a bright idea> <bright children> 6. auspicious, promising <bright prospects for the future> bright adverb brightly adverb Synonyms: bright, brilliant, radiant, luminous, lustrous mean shining or glowing with light. bright implies emitting or reflecting a high degree of light. brilliant implies intense often sparkling brightness. radiant stresses the emission or seeming emission of rays of light. luminous implies emission of steady, suffused, glowing light by reflection or in surrounding darkness. lustrous stresses an even, rich light from a surface that reflects brightly without sparkling or glittering. II. noun Date: 1969 a bright color usually used in plural <rich earth tones and crisp brights Patricia Peterson>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & adv. --adj. 1 emitting or reflecting much light; shining. 2 (of colour) intense, vivid. 3 clever, talented, quick-witted (a bright idea; a bright child). 4 cheerful, vivacious. --adv. esp. poet. brightly (the moon shone bright). Phrases and idioms: bright and early very early in the morning. bright-eyed and bushy-tailed colloq. alert and sprightly. the bright lights the glamour and excitement of the city. look on the bright side be optimistic. Derivatives: brightish adj. brightly adv. brightness n. Etymology: OE beorht, (adv.) beorhte, f. Gmc

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bright Bright, a. [OE. briht, AS. beorht, briht; akin to OS. berht, OHG. beraht, Icel. bjartr, Goth. ba['i]rhts. [root]94.] 1. Radiating or reflecting light; shedding or having much light; shining; luminous; not dark. The sun was bright o'erhead. --Longfellow. The earth was dark, but the heavens were bright. --Drake. The public places were as bright as at noonday. --Macaulay. 2. Transmitting light; clear; transparent. From the brightest wines He 'd turn abhorrent. --Thomson. 3. Having qualities that render conspicuous or attractive, or that affect the mind as light does the eye; resplendent with charms; as, bright beauty. Bright as an angel new-dropped from the sky. --Parnell. 4. Having a clear, quick intellect; intelligent. 5. Sparkling with wit; lively; vivacious; shedding cheerfulness and joy around; cheerful; cheery. Be bright and jovial among your guests. --Shak. 6. Illustrious; glorious. In the brightest annals of a female reign. --Cotton. 7. Manifest to the mind, as light is to the eyes; clear; evident; plain. That he may with more ease, with brighter evidence, and with surer success, draw the bearner on. --I. Watts. 8. Of brilliant color; of lively hue or appearance. Here the bright crocus and blue violet grew. --Pope. Note: Bright is used in composition in the sense of brilliant, clear, sunny, etc.; as, bright-eyed, bright-haired, bright-hued. Syn: Shining; splending; luminous; lustrous; brilliant; resplendent; effulgent; refulgent; radiant; sparkling; glittering; lucid; beamy; clear; transparent; illustrious; witty; clear; vivacious; sunny.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bright Bright, v. i. See Brite, v. i.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bright Bright, n. Splendor; brightness. [Poetic] Dark with excessive bright thy skirts appear. --Milton.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bright Bright, adv. Brightly. --Chaucer. I say it is the moon that shines so bright. --Shak.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Brite Brite, Bright Bright, v. t. To be or become overripe, as wheat, barley, or hops. [Prov. Eng.]

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(brighter, brightest) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. A bright colour is strong and noticeable, and not dark. ...a bright red dress. ...the bright uniforms of the guards parading at Buckingham Palace. ADJ: usu ADJ n, ADJ colour brightly ...a display of brightly coloured flowers. ADV brightness You'll be impressed with the brightness and the beauty of the colors. N-UNCOUNT: oft the N of n 2. A bright light, object, or place is shining strongly or is full of light. ...a bright October day... She leaned forward, her eyes bright with excitement. ? dull ADJ brightly ...a warm, brightly lit room... The sun shone brightly. ADV: ADV with v brightness An astronomer can determine the brightness of each star. N-UNCOUNT: oft the N of n 3. If you describe someone as bright, you mean that they are quick at learning things. I was convinced that he was brighter than average. = clever ADJ: usu v-link ADJ 4. A bright idea is clever and original. Ford had the bright idea of paying workers enough to buy cars. = clever ADJ: usu ADJ n 5. If someone looks or sounds bright, they look or sound cheerful and lively. The boy was so bright and animated... 'May I help you?' said a bright American voice over the telephone. = cheerful, lively ADJ brightly He smiled brightly as Ben approached. ADV: ADV with v 6. If the future is bright, it is likely to be pleasant or successful. Both had successful careers and the future looked bright... There are much brighter prospects for a comprehensive settlement than before. = promising ? bleak ADJ 7. If you look on the bright side, you try to be cheerful about a bad situation by thinking of some advantages that could result from it, or thinking that it is not as bad as it could have been. PHRASE: V inflects

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. a. 1. Luminous, shining, resplendent, glowing, lustrous, beaming, gleaming, glittering, glistening, glistering, twinkling, beaming, shimmering, sparkling, scintillating, scintillant, coruscating, flashing, flaming, blazing, dazzling, irradiant, radiant, brilliant, effulgent, refulgent, splendid, luminiferous, luciferous, light, vivid, nitid, sheeny, glossy, burnished, sunny, orient, noon-day, meridian, noontide, fulgid, fulgent, beamy, silvery, argent. 2. Clear, transparent, lucid, pellucid, lucent, lambent, cloudless, untroubled, limpid. 3. Illustrious, glorious, famous. 4. Acute, ingenious, discerning, keen. See intelligent. 5. Auspicious, cheering, promising, propitious, encouraging, favorable, enlivening, inspiriting, exhilarating, inspiring. 6. Merry, lively, cheerful, cheery, happy, sprightly, genial, smiling, pleasant, animated, vivacious. II. n. Brightness, light, splendor, effulgence, sheen, radiance, lustre, luminosity, luminousness.

Moby Thesaurus

Leibnizian, Saturnian, adroit, advanced, agile, aglow, alert, alight, alive, animate, animated, apt, astute, attentive, auspicious, awake, balmy, beaming, bedazzling, benign, benignant, blazing, bleached, blinding, blithe, blithesome, blooming, brainy, brave, bright and shining, bright and sunny, bright-hued, brilliant, burning, burnished, cant, charismatic, cheerful, cheery, chiliastic, clean, cleanly, clear, clever, cloudless, colorful, colory, conceptive, conceptual, coruscating, couleur de rose, dainty, dazzling, deep-colored, devastating, dexter, dexterous, dirt-free, discursive, distinguished, divine, docile, educable, effulgent, elated, eupeptic, euphoric, exalted, exhilarated, exotic, exuberant, facile, fair, fastidious, favorable, favoring, flamboyant, flaming, flashing, fluorescent, flushed, formable, fortunate, fresh, fulgent, fulgid, full of promise, garish, gay, gay-colored, genial, gifted, glad, gladsome, glamorous, glaring, glary, gleaming, glistening, glittering, glorious, glossy, glowing, golden, good, gorgeous, halcyon, happy, harmless, heavenly, high, high-colored, hopeful, ideational, illuminated, illustrious, immaculate, impressionable, in good spirits, in high spirits, incandescent, ingenious, instructable, intellectual, intelligent, intense, inviolate, irrepressible, keen, keen-witted, killing, knowing, kosher, lambent, laughing, light, lighted, lively, lucent, lucid, lucky, luminous, lustrous, magic, magnificent, malleable, mild, millenarian, millennialistic, mint, moldable, motivated, nimble, nimble-witted, no dumbbell, noetic, nonpolluted, not born yesterday, not so dumb, numinous, of cleanly habits, of good cheer, of good omen, of happy portent, of promise, on the, on the alert, on the ball, on the job, optimistic, outstanding, perfectibilitarian, perfectionist, plastic, pleasant, pliable, polished, precocious, pristine, promising, prompt, propitious, prosperous, pure, qui vive, quick, quick-thinking, quick-witted, radiant, rational, raving, ravishing, ready, reasonable, receptive, refulgent, resplendent, riant, rich, rich-colored, ripe for instruction, ritually pure, rose-colored, roseate, rosy, sane, sanguine, sanguineous, scatheless, schoolable, scintillating, sensible, sharp, sharp-witted, shimmering, shining, shiny, sleepless, smart, smiling, smut-free, smutless, sophic, sparkling, spirited, splendent, splendid, splendorous, splendrous, spotless, sprightly, stainless, steel-trap, strong-minded, stunning, sublime, sunny, sunshiny, susceptible, sweet, tahar, talented, teachable, thirsty for knowledge, trainable, tubbed, unadulterated, unbesmirched, unblemished, unblinking, unblotted, unbroken, unbruised, unclouded, undamaged, undefaced, undefiled, undeformed, undemolished, understanding, undestroyed, undimmed, unfaded, unharmed, unhurt, unimpaired, uninjured, unmaimed, unmangled, unmarked, unmarred, unmuddied, unnodding, unpolluted, unscarred, unscathed, unscratched, unshattered, unsleeping, unsmirched, unsmudged, unsoiled, unspoiled, unspotted, unstained, unsullied, untainted, untarnished, untorn, untouched, unwinking, unwithered, unworn, upbeat, utopian, virgin, vivacious, vivid, wakeful, well-scrubbed, well-washed, white, whitened, wide-awake, willing, winsome, witty



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