Definition of radiance in English:

radiance

noun

mass noun
  • 1Light or heat as emitted or reflected by something.

    ‘the radiance of the sunset dwindled and died’
    • ‘A radiance as bright as the sun shone from the stone and travelled part way down her arm.’
    • ‘The bright white lights reactivated showering the hold with its radiance.’
    • ‘Mother-of-pearl glows and its radiance diffuses a luminous light.’
    • ‘Their glossy, half-silver surfaces reflected the radiance from above brilliantly, almost pulsing with life when one's eyes viewed them at different angles.’
    • ‘The emphasis shifts from bright surfaces and brilliant sparkle to the soft radiance of inner light, exploring the complexities, activities and possibilities of a thousand points of light.’
    • ‘A beam of white light appeared and engulfed them in its radiance.’
    • ‘The shore, the ocean, the beach, the rich sunset radiance falling upon all with dark shadows here and there all made up a perfect picture.’
    • ‘The sun rose just about the hills near the lake, which made the quiet lake reflect its light, adding more radiance.’
    • ‘The brilliant golden rays spill out around the gully like syrup poured over pancakes, with and deep magenta following close behind, that filled the sky with a warm glowing radiance.’
    • ‘It was not the warm, gentle radiance of a flame, but an eerie, greenish glow whose essence was cold and lifeless.’
    • ‘As the light shone, its radiance blazed from one end of the universe to the other.’
    • ‘Her hair was a sleek silver, having the sheen and radiance of the light of the moon.’
    • ‘He knows the dead radiance of fluorescent light in an empty store at 3 a.m.’
    • ‘They both place great emphasis on the fluency and ‘pithiness’ of strokes and on the brightness and radiance of paintings.’
    • ‘Its massive domes reflected the light with painful radiance, blinding any unsuspecting viewers.’
    • ‘At first light, when alpenglow fires the high summits with radiance like the burn of a gigantic campfire, the dusty surface of the old snowpack glows with eerie luster.’
    • ‘At 0300 hours the mist had lifted and the yellow light from the gas lamps cast a ghostly radiance that was reflected from the wet road cobbles.’
    • ‘The brilliant pallid moon remaining in its equitable position, cascading above the rural community and shining down its radiance like a stage light, pinpointing the main theme of a play.’
    • ‘The room was lit by the eerie radiance of the television.’
    • ‘Eric glared at his former captor, the closest thing to a nemesis he could imagine, and suddenly, as the radiance from the torch touched his skin, inner fire consumed him.’
    light, shining, brightness, brilliance, luminosity, radiation, beams, rays, illumination, blaze, glow, luminousness, gleam, lustre, glitter, sparkle, flash, dazzle, shimmer, glare
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    1. 1.1 Great joy or love, apparent in someone's expression or bearing.
      ‘the radiance of the bride's smile’
      • ‘They held so much emotion in them that Darren sometimes wanted to take a picture of his lovely friend, as if to somehow capture the radiance of her expression.’
      • ‘Looking at her now, he felt that he was walking on air, completely captivated by her radiance.’
      • ‘She was radiant, but it was a very natural radiance Kasi possessed.’
      • ‘We can bask freely in the natural radiance of our mind.’
      • ‘Even Mike's eyes were jubilant; his newfound radiance made me think of the fear that I had just previously seen in him.’
      • ‘Their attention to detail, their sense of humour, their radiance, their sense of fun and broad-minded personality is second to none (in my humble opinion).’
      • ‘They have an exuberant, vital, natural radiance around them that is infectious to others.’
      • ‘The third was a very handsome, pleasantly featured man flush with radiance.’
      • ‘I fell in love with his radiance, his charm, his personality but most of all the way he was one of the only guys I had ever met who cared about others as much as he cared about himself.’
      • ‘He looked into my eyes and smiled his big brown eyes just glowing with this new radiance.’
      • ‘This radiance that never fades, this mysterious and magical joy, is the greatest treasure of all - one known only by those who love.’
      • ‘She no longer had the radiance of euphoria she always did.’
      • ‘His face was stern, yet awakened confidence, and his eyes beamed with youthful radiance.’
      • ‘I looked back at him smiling with such radiance I could feel myself blush, and a single joyful tear expressed how hard it was for me to leave him behind.’
      • ‘He paused, and looked at the page filled with scrawled words with a glow of satisfaction on his face; nay, a positive radiance of barely suppressed excitement and glee.’
      • ‘In these moments, the world seemed such a perfect place, all pain and hatred melted away from her radiance.’
      • ‘The radiance of Blanchett and the beatific look of love on the face of Ribisi are unforgettable.’
      • ‘He could feel the radiance of her smile, the gentle expression of her eyes when she looked at him.’
      • ‘That night, I saw her as the most beautiful lady in the room, her heart of gold shining and giving her a glowing radiance.’
      • ‘Her violet eyes cast a look around, her radiance seeming to brighten the gloom around her…’
      joy, joyfulness, elation, jubilance, ecstasy, rapture, euphoria, delirium, happiness, delight, pleasure
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    2. 1.2 A glowing quality of the skin, especially as indicative of good health or youth.
      ‘restore your skin's natural radiance’
      • ‘Skin instantly recovers its natural resilience, suppleness and radiance.’
      • ‘She had gained weight and though her skin lost its glowing radiance, it wasn't ghastly pale anymore.’
      • ‘The skin has a radiance that reaches out and touches you.’
      • ‘That means a bumper package of proteins, minerals and essential oils to revitalise the skin, promoting natural radiance.’
      • ‘The sun shining on her face made her amazing skin seem to glow with an angelic radiance.’
      • ‘It gives skin a healthy radiance without exposing it to the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays.’
      • ‘The girl's movements seemed so fluid and delicate, and her skin glowed with a kind of radiance.’
      • ‘Adina came back and sat by his side, her skin back to its usual radiance.’
      • ‘After a little while, I realized my face was looking a little dull, so I used some more product on my face to bring out the natural bold radiance of my ebony skin.’
      • ‘Colour is draped over the client to see what brings out the natural radiance of the skin.’
      • ‘This patented champ evens skin tone and brings out a natural radiance.’
      • ‘One key characteristic of youthful-looking skin is radiance.’
      • ‘Add tourmaline to your complexion after any of these masks - the mineral helps boost radiance and also delivers moisture to the skin.’
      • ‘Foundations not only smooth out skin tone and boost skin's radiance, they can also help protect your face from everyday sun exposure.’
      • ‘I was entranced by her, and by her soft brown eyes and the skin that seemed to take its radiance from her hair.’
      splendour, resplendence, magnificence, brilliance, dazzle, beauty, vividness, glory, gloriousness
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  • 2Physics
    The flux of radiation emitted per unit solid angle in a given direction by a unit area of a source.

    • ‘However at night, counterilluminators are found closer to the surface, where the spectrum of the downward radiance changes rapidly with depth.’
    • ‘The effect is most prominent at shallow depths, where the light field is usually asymmetric, due to highly directional and intense solar radiance.’
    • ‘This irradiance and the radiance in the opposite direction were then inserted into equation to calculate the ideal reflectance.’
    • ‘The downward radiance measured by the infrared interferometer is a combination of thermal emission by atmospheric water vapor and by the cloud ice mass.’
    • ‘The direct-to-diffuse ratios for UVR are somewhat different from those for broadband, as is the pattern of diffuse sky radiance.’

Pronunciation

radiance

/ˈreɪdɪəns/