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Radiance definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

RA'DIANCY, n. [L. radians, radio, to beam or shoot rays. See Radius and Ray.]
Properly, brightness shooting in rays or beams; hence in general, brilliant or sparkling luster; vivid brightness; as the radiance of the sun.
The Son girt with omnipotence, with radiance crown'd of majesty divine.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the amount of electromagnetic radiation leaving or arriving at a point on a surface [syn: radiance, glow, glowing]
2: the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light [syn: radiance, radiancy, shine, effulgence, refulgence, refulgency]
3: an attractive combination of good health and happiness; "the radiance of her countenance"

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1600 1. the quality or state of being radiant 2. a deep pink 3. the flux density of radiant energy per unit solid angle and per unit projected area of radiating surface

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Radiance Ra"di*ance, Radiancy Ra"di*an*cy, n. The quality of being radiant; brilliancy; effulgence; vivid brightness; as, the radiance of the sun. Girt with omnipotence, with radiance crowned. --Milton. What radiancy of glory, What light beyond compare ! --Neale. Syn: Luster; brilliancy; splendor; glare; glitter.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Radiance is great happiness which shows in someone's face and makes them look very attractive. She has the vigour and radiance of someone young enough to be her grand-daughter... N-UNCOUNT: also a N 2. Radiance is a glowing light shining from something. The dim bulb of the bedside lamp cast a soft radiance over his face. N-UNCOUNT: also a N

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Brilliance, brilliancy, lustre, brightness, splendor, resplendence, effulgence, refulgence, glare, glitter, shine, glister.

Moby Thesaurus

aura, blare, blaze, blaze of glory, blazing light, blinding light, blitheness, blithesomeness, bright light, brightness, brilliance, brilliancy, brilliant light, burst of light, charisma, cheer, cheerfulness, cheeriness, cheery vein, coruscation, dazzle, dazzling light, delight, diffusion, dispersion, effulgence, emanation, envelope, eupeptic mien, flamboyance, flood of light, fulgor, geniality, gladness, gladsomeness, glamour, glare, glaring light, gleam, gloriousness, glory, glow, good cheer, gorgeousness, halo, happiness, heavenliness, highlight, hopefulness, illumination, illustriousness, incandescence, irradiance, irradiancy, irradiation, joy, light, light source, luminosity, luminous energy, luminousness, luster, magic, mystique, nimbus, numinousness, optimism, phosphorescence, photosensitivity, pleasantness, pleasure, radiancy, radiant energy, radiant splendor, radiation, radius, ravishingness, ray, refulgence, refulgency, resplendence, resplendency, rosy expectation, sanguine humor, sanguineness, scattering, scintillation, shimmer, shine, sidelight, sparkle, splendidness, splendor, splendorousness, splendrousness, spoke, streaming light, sublimity, sunniness, twinkle, visible radiation, vividness, warmth, winsomeness


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