Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being brilliant; splendor; glitter; great brightness, whether in a literal or figurative sense.

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Examples

  • While these influences are thus severally operating on us, the planets traverse their appropriate orbits, and the stars shine with their usual brillancy.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • They called all the world freely to their discussions, and created eclat by the brillancy of their programme.

    The Young Seigneur Or, Nation-Making

  • This place has been retained for centuries with distinction and brillancy, especially in the domain of theology and philosophy.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • And he used to do this boldly in the city, where the brillancy of the lamps at night often equalled the light of day.

    The Roman History of Ammianus Marcellinus During the Reigns of the Emperors Constantius, Julian, Jovianus, Valentinian, and Valens

  • A very thin filmy sort of cloud had been going over the moon's disc, but now had passed completely away, and such a flood of unchecked untempered brillancy poured in at the open window, if it might be so called of the dead-house that it became quite radiant with the silvery beams.

    Varney the vampire; or, The feast of blood. Volume 3

  • After this, nothing was said until they reached the church door, and then while Mr. Bevan was searching in his pockets for the little key which opened the small private entrance, some vivid flashes of lightning lit up with extraordinary brillancy the old gothic structure -- the neighouring tombs and the melancholy yew trees that waved their branches in the night air.

    Varney the vampire; or, The feast of blood. Volume 3

  • Take a turn down Lakeview Run at Alpine Meadows and you'll see its brillancy, catch a glimpse of the basin's blue background from the heights of Squaw or Northstar, or attack the powder on the face at Homewood Mountain Resort and you will feel like you're skiing right into the depths of the lake.

    Sierra Sun - Top Stories

  • Take a turn down Lakeview Run at Alpine Meadows and you'll see its brillancy, catch a glimpse of the basin's blue background from the heights of Squaw or Northstar, or attack the powder on the face at Homewood Mountain Resort and you will feel like you're skiing right into the depths of the lake.

    Sierra Sun - Top Stories

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