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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
1595-1605
1595-1605; radi(ant) + -ance
Related forms
nonradiance, noun
subradiance, noun
superradiance, noun
Synonyms
1. resplendence, splendor, brilliance.
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  • 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.
  • At night the eye is not distracted by the radiance of gilded domes.
  • Wendy will be missed by all who where touched by her radiance.
  • The lunar radiance casts a moonbow through the thin clouds of a mackerel sky.
  • The conclusion is suffused with whitewashed radiance and the swell of an organ.
  • She derived enormous pleasure from the radiance she created after she left the world of finance.
  • The chapel walls are clothed in a panoply of colored marbles while its ceiling dissolves in a burst of heavenly radiance.
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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