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brightness

[brahyt-nis] /ˈbraɪt nɪs/
noun
1.
the quality of being bright.
2.
Optics. the luminance of a body, apart from its hue or saturation, that an observer uses to determine the comparative luminance of another body. Pure white has the maximum brightness, and pure black the minimum brightness.
Origin of brightness
950
before 950; Middle English brihtnes, Old English beorhtnes. See bright, -ness
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  • Do you observe this red glow,—dusky, too, amid all the brightness?

    Other Tales and Sketches Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • This flash of gold is the only brightness in the place, otherwise dull and monotonous.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • It seemed to them as if the brightness of the moon had been increased, and was as resplendent as that of the sun.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • But there is a light, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about her.

    Slavery Ordained of God Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
  • The only brightness was that of the red velvet of the benches and the gallery hand-rests.

British Dictionary definitions for brightness

brightness

/ˈbraɪtnɪs/
noun
1.
the condition of being bright
2.
(physics) a former name for luminosity (sense 4)
3.
(psychol) the experienced intensity of light
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Word Origin and History for brightness
n.

Old English beorhtnes "brightness, clearness, splendor, beauty;" see bright + -ness.

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