radiance

[rey-dee-uhns]
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:
1595–1605; radi(ant) + -ance

nonradiance, noun
subradiance, noun
superradiance, noun


1. resplendence, splendor, brilliance.
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radiance or radiancy (ˈreɪdɪəns)
 
n , pl -ances, -ancies
1.  the quality or state of being radiant
2.  Le 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
 
radiancy or radiancy
 
n

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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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Example sentences
Ammons's poems there is an offbeat, sideways, unpredictable radiance.
He found in their lives a radiance that, paradoxically, he captured in shadows
  and dark hues.
The extra radiance can last from a few days to a year.
It is lighted neither by window nor by lamp, yet it is filled with a soft
  radiance.
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