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[rey-dee-uh ns] /ˈreɪ di əns/
radiant brightness or light:
the radiance of the tropical sun.
warm, cheerful brightness:
the radiance of her expression.
Rare. radiation.
Also, radiancy.
Origin of radiance
First recorded in 1595-1605; radi(ant) + -ance
Related forms
nonradiance, noun
subradiance, noun
superradiance, noun
1. resplendence, splendor, brilliance. Unabridged
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  • Its radiance streaming against the white fluted columns threw their shadows far out on the lawn.

    The Sins of the Father Thomas Dixon
  • That radiance at the summit is the delight and the aspiration of all below.

  • The radiance of her face, the lilt of her voice, stabbed me with a jealous pang.

    The Firefly Of France Marion Polk Angellotti
  • They swam in tears, and yet the unspoken thanks in them were radiance itself.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • But, as when a cloud suddenly passes over the sun, Aranka's bright face lost its radiance the next moment.

  • That is the incomparable buoyancy and radiance of deepest Tuscan summer.

    Laurus Nobilis Vernon Lee
  • The radiance in Jimsy's eyes brought Aunt Judith to her knees beside him, her sweet, tired eyes wet with tears of pleasure.

    Jimsy Leona Dalrymple
  • She seemed exalted, transfigured, as by a radiance that shone from within.

  • Phaethon was dazzled with the sight, but when he entered the palace hall he could hardly bear the radiance.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew Josephine Preston Peabody
British Dictionary definitions for radiance


noun (pl) -ances, -ancies
the quality or state of being radiant
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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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radiance in Medicine

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

  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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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