from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Soft reflected light; sheen.
- n. Brilliance or radiance of light; brightness.
- n. Glory, radiance, distinction, or splendor, as of achievement, reputation, or beauty.
- n. A glass pendant, especially on a chandelier.
- n. A decorative object, such as a chandelier, that gives off light.
- n. Any of various substances, such as wax or glaze, used to give an object a gloss or polish.
- n. The surface glossiness of ceramic ware after glazing, especially the metallic sheen of lusterware.
- n. A fabric, such as alpaca, having a glossy surface.
- n. The appearance of a mineral surface judged by its brilliance and ability to reflect light.
- transitive v. To give a gloss, glaze, or sheen to.
- transitive v. To give or add glory, radiance, distinction, or splendor to.
- intransitive v. To be or become lustrous.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A lustrum, quinquennium, a period of five years, originally the interval between Roman censuses
- n. One who lusts.
- n. Shine, polish or sparkle.
- n. By extension, brilliance, attractiveness or splendor.
- n. Refinement, polish or quality.
- v. To gleam, have luster
- v. To give luster, distinguish
- v. To give a coating or other treatment to impart physical luster
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who lusts.
- n. A period of five years; a lustrum.
- n. Brilliancy; splendor; brightness; glitter.
- n. Renown; splendor; distinction; glory.
- n. A candlestick, chandelier, girandole, or the like, generally of an ornamental character.
- n. The appearance of the surface of a mineral as affected by, or dependent upon, peculiarities of its reflecting qualities.
- n. A substance which imparts luster to a surface, as graphite and some of the glazes.
- n. A fabric of wool and cotton with a lustrous surface, -- used for women's dresses.
- transitive v. To make lustrous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who lusts; one inflamed with lust.
- n. The quality of shining; brilliancy or refulgence, from inherent constitution or artificial polish; splendor; glow; sheen; gloss: as, the luster of the stars, or of gold.
- n. In mineralogy, a variation in the nature of the reflecting surface of minerals.
- n. The state or quality of being illustrious or famous; brilliant distinction; brilliancy, as of a person, a deed, an event, or the like.
- n. A branched candelabrum or chandelier or namented with prisms or pendants of glass.
- n. The quality of glossiness or brilliancy in a textile material or in a finished fabric: as, the luster of wool or of satin.
- n. A thin and light kind of poplin.
- n. Synonyms Refulgence.
- n. Glory, celebrity.
- n. 1 and Effulgence, Brilliance, etc. See radiance.
- To impart luster or gloss to.
- n. Same as lustrum.
- n. The den or abode of a wild beast.
- n. A material applied to the surface of something in order to produce a lustrous appearance.
- n. In ceramics, a metallic glaze containing gold applied to pottery or porcelain.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a quality that outshines the usual
- n. the visual property of something that shines with reflected light
- n. a surface coating for ceramics or porcelain
The luster of a pearl is then not purely a _surface luster_ in the usual sense of that term, but it is a luster due to many superposed surfaces.
In the end, an award only merits respect if it honors what is honorable; the Hugo will gain luster by honoring Anathem.
With No. 20 Clemson also losing Saturday to Maryland, much of the luster is gone from the Clemson-Wake Forest matchup Oct. 9 that was supposed to determine superiority in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
MANHATTAN, Kansas (Ticker) -- Some of the luster is back at
Under the spell of the June light, a certain luster and radiance appeared to emerge from every surface.
The top crust should be smooth and should have a luster, which is usually spoken of as the "bloom" of the crust.
The rarest pieces are those of which the luster is a delicate green.
The still visible portion of the iris has lost its natural, clear, dark luster, which is replaced by a brownish or yellowish sere-leaf color.
Now, the truly funny thing is (and I think it may account some for my ability to sustain decent grades) when I want to put something off, and Facebook and random road trips around Huntington start losing their luster, which is happening more often than not this semester, I find myself opting out of writing a paper that's due in a week and instead studying for an exam that's a month down the road.
Artists borrowed another kind of luster, too, gradually supplanting their social betters as gleaming examples of how to act, how to look and how to feel.