[ luhs-ter-ing ]
/ ˈlʌs tər ɪŋ /


the treatment of fabrics by chemical or mechanical means in order to increase their property to reflect light.

Origin of lustering

First recorded in 1870–75; luster1 + -ing1

Definition for lustering (2 of 2)


[ luhs-ter ]
/ ˈlʌs tər /


verb (used with object)

to finish (fur, cloth, pottery, etc.) with a luster or gloss.

verb (used without object)

to be or become lustrous.
Also especially British, lus·tre.

Origin of luster

1515–25; < Middle French lustre < Italian lustro, derivative of lustrare to polish, purify < Latin lūstrāre to purify ceremonially, derivative of lūstrum lustrum
Related formslus·ter·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Science definitions for lustering


[ lŭstər ]

The shine from the surface of a mineral. Luster is important in describing different kinds of minerals. It is usually characterized as metallic, glassy, pearly, or dull.
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