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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj riant showing or feeling mirth or pleasure or happiness "laughing children"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Riant Laughing; laughable; exciting gayety; gay; merry; delightful to the view, as a landscape. "In such cases the sublimity must be drawn from the other sources, with a strict caution, howewer, against anything light and riant ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • riant Laughing; gay; smiling: as, a riant landscape.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Riant rī′ant laughing: gay
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. riant, p. pr. of rire, to laugh, L. ridere,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. ridens, pr.p. of ridēre, to laugh.


In literature:

Le spectacle qu'elles fournissent n'est pas riant, mais il est rare et singulier.
"Theory of the Earth, Volume 2 (of 4)" by James Hutton
Until they had rightly appraised the value of his friendship, women had been wont to regard him with a riant curiosity.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
Its spreading, riant beauty is hidden behind that little cliff.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
She talked of her griefs in a plucky, riant way, making eternal fun of herself as a giddy fool.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
Quant ne puis ne n'os regarder Vostre doue vis, riant et cler.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
Here in the riant and overflowing opulence of July, time without love's companionship was time wasted.
"Rose of Dutcher's Coolly" by Hamlin Garland
Her hair was the real classic gold, and her grey eyes were riant with health and content.
"Hoosier Mosaics" by Maurice Thompson
I have just mentioned Niels Andersen, and this good figure, at once so droll and so lovable, emerges all riant in my memory.
"Satires And Profanities" by James Thomson and G. W. Foote
What, for example, can be more riant and joyful than the concluding strophe of Psalm xcvi.?
"Expositor's Bible: The Book of Ecclesiastes" by Samuel Cox
Lady Jane was not a riant beauty.
"Guy Deverell, v. 1 of 2" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

In science:

Senesi, Irreducible finite-dimensional representations of equiva riant map algebras, Trans.
Finite-dimensional representations of twisted hyper loop algebras
Senesi, Irreducible finite-dimensional representations of equiva riant map algebras, Trans.
On multigraded generalizations of Kirillov-Reshetikhin modules
Oettel, “Nucleon form factors in the cova riant diquark-quark model,” hep-ph/0105320. 10. F. D.
Boundary of Nuclear Physics and QCD
Based on it, we can define equivariant homology and establish the equiva riant Riemann-Roch theorem (Theorem 5.1).
Equivariant Todd Classes for Toric Varieties