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[rey-dee-uh nt] /ˈreɪ di ənt/
emitting rays of light; shining; bright:
the radiant sun; radiant colors.
bright with joy, hope, etc.:
radiant smiles; a radiant future.
Physics. emitted or propagated by radiation.
  1. noting a partition line having a series of flamelike indentations formed by ogees joined in zigzags; rayonny.
  2. (of a charge, as an ordinary) having an edge or edges so formed.
a point or object from which rays proceed.
Astronomy. the point in the heavens from which a shower of meteors appears to radiate.
a refractory absorbing and radiating heat from the flames of a gas fireplace or the like.
Origin of radiant
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin radiant- (stem of radiāns, present participle of radiāre to radiate light, shine), equivalent to radi(us) beam, ray (see radius) + -ant- -ant
Related forms
radiantly, adverb
antiradiant, adjective
nonradiant, adjective
nonradiantly, adverb
superradiant, adjective
unradiant, adjective
1. beaming, refulgent, resplendent. See bright.
1. dim. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for radiant
  • Ask your builder to include a radiant barrier in the attic.
  • Solar-heated water circulates in a radiant-heat floor that is further warmed by winter sun.
  • Some of them can be seen on the walls of his radiant paintings of the period.
  • Energy precipitation in nature is circular in radiant.
  • Everything was under control and the future was radiant.
  • One can easily miss a radiant poem amid the many lackluster ones.
  • The central light ribbon in this image resembles the head and beak of a bird, flanked by a radiant wingspan.
  • Temperature and humidity sensors throughout the house control four heating and cooling systems, plus in-floor radiant heat.
  • For the writer, winter is a backdrop to perilous stories of birth and the radiant exhaustion of new motherhood.
  • When you remove the mask, your face will look fresh and radiant.
British Dictionary definitions for radiant


sending out rays of light; bright; shining
characterized by health, intense joy, happiness, etc: a radiant countenance
emitted or propagated by or as radiation; radiated: radiant heat
sending out heat by radiation: a radiant heater
(physics) (of a physical quantity in photometry) evaluated by absolute energy measurements: radiant flux, radiant efficiency Compare luminous
a point or object that emits radiation, esp the part of a heater that gives out heat
(astronomy) the point in space from which a meteor shower appears to emanate
Derived Forms
radiantly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin radiāre to shine, from radius ray of light, radius
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Word Origin and History for radiant

mid-15c., from Middle French radiant and directly from Latin radiantem (nominative radians) "beaming, shining," present participle of radiare "to beam, shine" (see radiation). Of beauty, etc., first attested c.1500. Related: Radiantly.


"point or object from which light radiates," 1727; see radiant (adj.). In astronomy, of meteor showers, from 1864.

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radiant in Medicine

radiant ra·di·ant (rā'dē-ənt)

  1. Emitting heat or light.

  2. Consisting of or emitted as radiation.

A point from which light radiates to the eye.
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radiant in Science
  1. Transmitting light, heat, or other radiation. Stars, for example, are radiant bodies.

  2. Consisting of or transmitted as radiation.

Noun  The apparent celestial origin of a meteor shower. For example, a point in the constellation Gemini is the radiant of the Geminid meteor shower.
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