Webster 1913 Edition
lustrum: cf. F.
A period of five years; a lustrum.
Both of us have closed the tenth
lustre; cf. It.
lustro; both fr. L.
lustrareto purify, go about (like the priests at the lustral sacrifice), traverse, survey, illuminate, fr.
lustruma purificatory sacrifice; perh. akin to E.
lustrareto illuminate is perhaps a different word, and akin to L.
lucereto be light or clear, to shine. See
Lucid, and cf.
Brilliancy; splendor; brightness; glitter.
The right mark and very true
lusterof the diamond.
Sir T. More.
The scorching sun was mounted high,
In all its
In all its
luster, to the noonday sky.
☞ There is a tendency to limit the use of luster, in this sense, to the brightness of things which do not shine with their own light, or at least do not blaze or glow with heat. One speaks of the luster of a diamond, or of silk, or even of the stars, but not often now of the luster of the sun, a coal of fire, or the like.
Renown; splendor; distinction; glory.
His ancestors continued about four hundred years, rather without obscurity than with any great
Sir H. Wotton.
A candlestick, chandelier, girandole, or the like, generally of an ornamental character.
The appearance of the surface of a mineral as affected by, or dependent upon, peculiarities of its reflecting qualities.
☞ The principal kinds of luster recognized are: metallic, adamantine, vitreous, resinous, greasy, pearly, and silky. With respect to intensity, luster is characterized as splendent, shining, glistening, glimmering, and dull.
A substance which imparts luster to a surface, as graphite and some of the glazes.
A fabric of wool and cotton with a lustrous surface, – used for women’s dresses.
earthenware decorated by applying to the glazing metallic oxides, which acquire brilliancy in the process of baking.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To make lustrous.
[R. & Poetic]
lusteredwith her loosened gold.