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radiance

[rey-dee-uh ns] /ˈreɪ di əns/
noun
1.
radiant brightness or light:
the radiance of the tropical sun.
2.
warm, cheerful brightness:
the radiance of her expression.
3.
Rare. radiation.
Also, radiancy.
Origin of radiance
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605; radi(ant) + -ance
Related forms
nonradiance, noun
subradiance, noun
superradiance, noun
Synonyms
1. resplendence, splendor, brilliance.
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  • Sidney, as tender as ever, had lost a little of the radiance from her eyes; her voice had deepened.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Around them was a radiance of virtues and graces from the first hour of their meeting.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • This portion of the figure he enriches by the attribution of whiteness, or unity and radiance.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • This time it was the old Buddha of the radiance of the Light.

  • Suddenly its radiance turned blue, and was split into two tongues.

  • And there, on the bank, he found a wooden coffin, from which came the radiance he had noticed.

  • Oh, how the moon, intoxicated with radiance, bewilders all the world!'

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    Benjamin Taylor
  • A moment later she was on the terrace bathed in the radiance of the moon.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • The moonlight, which dimmed their radiance, made them look like pools of blood.

British Dictionary definitions for radiance

radiance

/ˈreɪdɪəns/
noun (pl) -ances, -ancies
1.
the quality or state of being radiant
2.
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 Le
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Word Origin and History for radiance
n.

c.1600, "brilliant light," from radiant or else from Medieval Latin radiantia "brightness," from radiare "to beam, shine" (see radiation). Figurative use from 1761. Related: Radiancy.

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radiance in Medicine

radiance ra·di·ance (rā'dē-əns) or ra·di·an·cy (-ən-sē)
n.

  1. The quality or state of being radiant.

  2. The radiant energy emitted per unit time in a specified direction by a unit area of an emitting surface.

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