SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun radiant brightness or light: the radiance of the tropical sun. warm, cheerful brightness: the radiance of her expression. Related forms non·ra·di·ance, noun sub·ra·di·ance, noun su·per·ra·di·ance, noun
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Related Words for radiance warmth
pleasure Examples from the Web for radiance Contemporary Examples of radiance Historical Examples of radiance
Sidney, as tender as ever, had lost a little of the
radiance from her eyes; her voice had deepened.
Around them was a
radiance of virtues and graces from the first hour of their meeting.
This portion of the figure he enriches by the attribution of whiteness, or unity and
This time it was the old Buddha of the
Radiance of the Light.
And there, on the bank, he found a wooden coffin, from which came the
radiance he had noticed. British Dictionary definitions for radiance noun plural -ances or -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 Symbol: L e
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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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n. The quality or state of being radiant. The radiant energy emitted per unit time in a specified direction by a unit area of an emitting surface.
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