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ra·di·ance

 (rā′dē-əns) also ra·di·an·cy (-ən-sē)
n.
1. The quality or state of being radiant.
2. Physics The radiant energy emitted per unit time in a specified direction by a unit area of an emitting surface.

radiance

(ˈreɪdɪəns) or

radiancy

n, pl -ances or -ancies
1. the quality or state of being radiant
2. (Units) a measure of the amount of electromagnetic radiation leaving or arriving at a point on a surface. It is the radiant intensity in a given direction of a small element of surface area divided by the orthogonal projection of this area onto a plane at right angles to the direction. Symbol: Le

ra•di•ance

(ˈreɪ di əns)

also ra′di•an•cy,



n.
1. radiant brightness or light.
2. warm, cheerful brightness.
[1595–1605]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.radiance - the amount of electromagnetic radiation leaving or arriving at a point on a surfaceradiance - the amount of electromagnetic radiation leaving or arriving at a point on a surface
aureole, corona - the outermost region of the sun's atmosphere; visible as a white halo during a solar eclipse
light, visible light, visible radiation - (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation; "the light was filtered through a soft glass window"
2.radiance - the quality of being bright and sending out rays of lightradiance - the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
brightness - the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white
gleam, lambency, gleaming, glow - an appearance of reflected light
sheen, shininess, luster, lustre - the visual property of something that shines with reflected light
burnish, glossiness, polish, gloss - the property of being smooth and shiny
3.radiance - an attractive combination of good health and happiness; "the radiance of her countenance"
happiness, felicity - state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy
good health, healthiness - the state of being vigorous and free from bodily or mental disease

radiance

noun
1. happiness, delight, pleasure, joy, warmth, rapture, elation, gaiety There was a new radiance about her.
2. brightness, light, shine, glow, glitter, glare, gleam, brilliance, lustre, luminosity, incandescence, resplendence, effulgence The dim bulb cast a soft radiance over his face.

radiance

noun
Exceptional brightness and clarity, as of a cut and polished stone:
Translations
بَريق، لَمَعان، إشْعاع
zářivost
udstråling
ljómi, útgeislun
neşe/mutluluk saçma

radiance

[ˈreɪdɪəns] N
1. (= glow) [of face, personality, beauty] → lo radiante
2. (liter) (= brightness) [of sun, colour, light] → resplandor m
3. (Phys) → radiancia m

radiance

[ˈreɪdiəns] n
[face, person] → éclat m
[sunset] → lumière f; [light] → éclat m

radiance

n (of sun, smile)Strahlen nt; (of colours also)Leuchten nt

radiance

[ˈreɪdɪəns] n (brilliance) → splendore m, fulgore m (fig) → radiosità

radiant

(ˈreidiənt) adjective
1. showing great joy. a radiant smile.
2. sending out rays of heat, light etc or carried, sent etc in the form of, or by means of, rays of heat, light etc.
ˈradiantly adverb
ˈradiance noun
the radiance of her smile.
References in classic literature ?
This funny spectacle appeared to amuse the sun, for he burst out with such radiance that Jo woke up and roused her sisters by a hearty laugh at Amy's ornament.
There were clumps of thorn trees here and there, gorgeous in their spring radiance.
The reflected radiance served to show, pretty distinctly, the aspect and arrangement of the room which Hepzibah entered, after descending the stairs.
So magnificent was the small figure when thus arrayed, and such was the splendour of Pearl's own proper beauty, shining through the gorgeous robes which might have extinguished a paler loveliness, that there was an absolute circle of radiance around her on the darksome cottage floor.
But high above the flying scud and dark-rolling clouds, there floated a little isle of sunlight, from which beamed forth an angel's face; and this bright face shed a distinct spot of radiance upon the ship's tossed deck, something like that silver plate now inserted into the Victory's plank where Nelson fell.
The sky looks lacquered; clouds there are none; the horizon floats; and this nakedness of unrelieved radiance is as the insufferable splendors of God's throne.
While, therefore, John ran to the spring for fresh water, and Simeon the second sifted meal for corn-cakes, and Mary ground coffee, Rachel moved gently, and quietly about, making biscuits, cutting up chicken, and diffusing a sort of sunny radiance over the whole proceeding generally.
Its radiance was strong and clear, but at the same time it was singularly soft, and spiritual, and benignant.
There would be no lessons to learn to-night, and the vision of helping with the preserves on the morrow had no terrors for her--fears could not draw breath in the radiance that flooded her soul.
They woke, they kindled: first, they glowed in the bright tint of her cheek, which till this hour I had never seen but pale and bloodless; then they shone in the liquid lustre of her eyes, which had suddenly acquired a beauty more singular than that of Miss Temple's--a beauty neither of fine colour nor long eyelash, nor pencilled brow, but of meaning, of movement, of radiance.
It glowed delightfully in the radiance of an immense fire, compounded of coal, peat, and wood; and near the table, laid for a plentiful evening meal, I was pleased to observe the
As she spoke those words, the traces of sickness seemed, for the moment, to disappear from her face; her eyes shone with a steady inner light; all the woman warmed and brightened in the radiance of her own triumph -- the triumph, trebly won, of carrying her point, of vindicating her integrity, and of matching Magdalen's incorruptible self-denial on Magdalen's own ground.