from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a sheen or glow.
  • adj. Gleaming with or as if with brilliant light; radiant. See Synonyms at bright.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a glow.
  • adj. As if shining with a brilliant light; radiant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bright; shining; luminous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Giving out or shedding light, as the sun or a fire; bright; brilliant; luminous: chiefly used figuratively.
  • Reflecting light; having a brilliant surface.
  • Synonyms Radiant, brilliant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. brilliant
  • adj. made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow
  • adj. reflecting light


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