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Webster 1913 Edition


Brightness

Bright′ness

,
Noun.
[AS.
beorhines
. See
Bright
.]
1.
The quality or state of being bright; splendor; luster; brilliancy; clearness.
A sudden
brightness
in his face appear.
Crabbe.
2.
Acuteness (of the faculties); sharpness 9wit.
The
brightness
of his parts . . . distinguished him.
Prior.
Syn. – Splendor; luster; radiance; resplendence; brilliancy; effulgence; glory; clearness.

Webster 1828 Edition


Brightness

BRIGHTNESS

,
Noun.
briteness. Splendor; luster; glitter.
1.
Acuteness, applied to the faculties; sharpness of wit; as the brightness of a man's parts.

Definition 2022


brightness

brightness

English

Noun

brightness (usually uncountable, plural brightnesses)

  1. The quality of being bright.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.
  2. The perception elicited by the luminance of an object.
  3. Intelligence, cleverness.

Synonyms

  • See also Wikisaurus:intelligence

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