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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n brightness the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white
    • n brightness the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light "its luminosity is measured relative to that of our sun"
    • n brightness intelligence as manifested in being quick and witty
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Great Pyramids used to be as white as snow because they were encased in a bright limestone that has worn off over the years
    • Brightness Acuteness (of the faculties); sharpness 9wit. "The brightness of his parts . . . distinguished him."
    • Brightness The quality or state of being bright; splendor; luster; brilliancy; clearness. "A sudden brightness in his face appear."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Whooping cranes are born with blue eyes that change to bright gold by the time they six months old
    • n brightness The state or quality of being bright; splendor; luster; glitter: as, “the brightness of the sun,” Acts xxvi. 13.
    • n brightness Acuteness of intellect or faculty; sharpness of wit.
    • n brightness Cheer; cheerfulness.
    • n brightness Synonyms Brilliancy, effulgence.—2. Acumen, mother-wit, ingenuity.
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  • Danny Devito
    Danny Devito
    “In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.”
  • William Wordsworth
    “But an old age serene and bright, and lovely as a Lapland night, shall lead thee to thy grave.”
  • Logan Pearsall Smith
    “What pursuit is more elegant than that of collecting the ignominies of our nature and transfixing them for show, each on the bright pin of a polished phrase?”
  • William Shakespeare
    “It is the bright day that brings forth the adder, and that craves wary walking.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Character must be kept bright as well as clean.”
  • David Kelley
    David Kelley
    “Bright lights cast dark shadows when shone from only one direction.”


Bright and breezy - When someone is cheerful and full of energy, they are bright and breezy.
Bright as a button - A person who is as bright as a button is very intelligent or smart.
Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed - If someone's bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, they are full of energy and enthusiasm.
Look on the bright side - If you look on the bright side, you try to see things in an optimistic way, especially when something has gone wrong.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. beorhines,. See Bright


In literature:

No bright object relieves the eye; no bird pours its melody into the ear.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
She must keep it alive, and the Christ must dwell bright within her.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
The eye is refreshed by the bright emerald garment which the hills have newly donned.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
Dolly came down now and then, and was just as bright and merry as ever.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
She feared her complexion was too bright, and then not bright enough.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Betty was a bright, gay girl.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Is she girt with babes that whine and whimper, That bright being who was always gay?
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
The night was bright with stars, and the city's towers glittered with many lights.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
Even the little freshening made her look bright and rosy and her eyes were vivid with the light of pleasure.
"The Girls at Mount Morris" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
They are all bright and gay.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
His name was Button-Bright; that is, everyone called him by that name, and knew no other.
"The Lost Princess of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
Filling a brightly polished metal cube with boiling water, I determine the quantity of heat emitted by two of the bright surfaces.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Such a bright beginning was enough to make all the rest of the day bright; and bright it was.
"Happy Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
There was no brightness to be found there.
"The Son of His Mother" by Clara Viebig
Father Bright folded the green chasuble and returned it to the drawer, then took out the black one.
"The Eyes Have It" by Gordon Randall Garrett
It was a lively afternoon up at the old farm-house; not for years had the sound of such bright feminine laughter been heard there.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
A bright star was shining overhead.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
It was always new and always nice there; bright and gay and French.
"Norine's Revenge; Sir Noel's Heir" by May Agnes Fleming
It was on a fine, bright, cloudless day; we were all sitting at table, eating breakfast, and the clock struck.
"Yiddish Tales" by Various
The highest eulogy that can be pronounced upon John Adams is the history of his bright and useful career.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson

In poetry:

Nights with bright spindles,
divided, material, nothing
but voice, nothing but
naked every day.
"Sonata" by Pablo Neruda
Isn't it a comfort
To see a child like Aislinn here? Then think
Of a glad, bright child!
"The Miracle Of The Corn" by Padraic Colum
Row till the stars grow bright
Like certain eyes.
Row till the noon be high
As hopes you prize.
"Rowers Chant" by Thomas Sturge Moore
All bright and still the room is,
But easeless here am I.
Deep in my heart
Cold lonely gloom is!
"Loneliness" by John Freeman
And though it was kiss'd
By some dew-drop bright,
Griev'd that it was not
The one of last night.
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
Bright shares cleaving
Through the frosty clods,
Strong flanks heaving
While the ploughman plods.
"Winter Morning" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Friends of Putin Glow Brightly .
A Lens Brightly shines on experimental master Gregory Markopoulos.
Moonlight Cloud Shines Brightly at Deauville.
The Trees of Southampton Sparkle Brightly Every Night.
A proposal to curb police involved shootings by ordering BB and air guns to be brightly colored so they look less like Glocks and Berettas is drawing fire from makers, sellers and users of a wide class of weapons.
Cops Push for Brightly Colored BB and Air Guns.
The sun shines brightly on couple's energy-efficient Covington home.
Where stars shine brightly .
Chick-fil-A Shines Brightly On a Rainy Day in Georgia.
Through A Looking Glass Brightly .
Nabokov's Brightly Colored Wings of Memory.
A year later, it's the home fires that burn brightly .
Viewing posts tagged brightly colored.
With foliage as beautiful as any flower, caladiums add a bright spot to the shade garden, especially a white-leaved version like 'Florida Blizzard.
Next, if you have a flat-panel LCD TV with an adjustable backlight level or a projector with a lamp-brightness adjustment, you'll probably want to turn these down some.

In science:

However, the optically bright supplementary sources are not representative of the faintest X-ray sources as a whole since our selection criteria preferentially select optically bright and X-ray faint non-AGNs (e.g., A03; Hornschemeier et al. 2003).
The Extended Chandra Deep Field-South Survey. Chandra Point-Source Catalogs
For long and bright bursts it is often the case that the recorded HER data are incomplete, however for the bright cases we were able to used the Spectroscopy High Energy Resolution Burst (SHERB) data obtained with the SDs.
Statistical analysis of BATSE gamma-ray bursts: Self-similarity and the Amati-relation
LMC–J 5.—This nebula is an elliptical ring, though there is a knot of bright emission nearly coincident with the extremely bright central star (CS).
Hubble Space Telescope Images of Magellanic Cloud Planetary Nebulae
LMC–J 33.—This slightly elliptical nebula has an attached outer shell that is almost twice the size and about one-third the surface brightness of the bright, inner nebula.
Hubble Space Telescope Images of Magellanic Cloud Planetary Nebulae
LMC–MG 60.—This nebula is slightly elliptical with a fairly uniform surface brightness, apart from a small region of enhanced brightness to the NW of the bright CS.
Hubble Space Telescope Images of Magellanic Cloud Planetary Nebulae
LMC–Sa 121.—This is a mildly elliptical nebula with a core of relatively constant surface brightness, surrounded by a shell with a surface brightness only a factor of two lower.
Hubble Space Telescope Images of Magellanic Cloud Planetary Nebulae
UV-bright galaxies with strong emission lines in their central regions exhibit a larger scatter in their central g − i colours, but their average nuclear colours are very similar to their UV-bright counterparts with weak emission lines.
Ongoing Formation of Bulges and Black Holes in the Local Universe: New Insights from GALEX
The algorithm uses an “arcsinh stretch” that allows faint, low-surface brightness features in a galaxy to be displayed, while simultaneously preserving the structure of the bright, high-surface brightness components.
Ongoing Formation of Bulges and Black Holes in the Local Universe: New Insights from GALEX
The UV-bright galaxies displayed in Figure 7 have higher UV surface brightnesses than those in Figure 6, but the UV emission still clearly extends over the entire region traced by the optical light, and sometimes beyond.
Ongoing Formation of Bulges and Black Holes in the Local Universe: New Insights from GALEX
This comparison finds the structural parameters extracted from the 2MASS pipeline is seriously flawed with scale lengths that are too small by 50% and central surface brightness that are, on average, 1 to 0.5 mags too bright. A cautionary tale on how to reduce information-rich data such as surface brightness profiles.
ARCHANGEL Galaxy Photometry System
For example, early-type galaxies are typically fit to a de Vaucouleurs r1/4 curve to extract a scale length (effective radius) and characteristic surface brightness (effective surface brightness).
ARCHANGEL Galaxy Photometry System
This, in turn, results in fitted central surface brightnesses that are too bright in central surface brightness, and fitted disk scale lengths that are too shallow.
ARCHANGEL Galaxy Photometry System
The newly identified HH objects are primarily located in the southern edge of M8, formed by a group of bright-rimmed clouds de fined as “Southeastern Bright Rim ” and “Extended Bright Rim ” by Lada et al. (1976).
Geysers in the Lagoon: new Herbig-Haro objects in M8
There is bright X-ray emission from a point-like source inside NGC 604 (in pro jection), southeast of the bright cluster of stars.
Chandra ACIS Survey of M33 (ChASeM33): A First Look
We added 1 to 3 brightness drops to simulated light curves of bright stars (BE = 13) with epochs identical to the fields and distributed in each of the monitored sky areas.
R Coronae Borealis stars in the Galactic Bulge discovered by EROS-2