Definition of radiance in US English:

radiance

noun

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

    ‘the radiance of the sunset dwindled and died’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their glossy, half-silver surfaces reflected the radiance from above brilliantly, almost pulsing with life when one's eyes viewed them at different angles.’
    • ‘Its massive domes reflected the light with painful radiance, blinding any unsuspecting viewers.’
    • ‘As the light shone, its radiance blazed from one end of the universe to the other.’
    • ‘It was not the warm, gentle radiance of a flame, but an eerie, greenish glow whose essence was cold and lifeless.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The bright white lights reactivated showering the hold with its radiance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They both place great emphasis on the fluency and ‘pithiness’ of strokes and on the brightness and radiance of paintings.’
    • ‘He knows the dead radiance of fluorescent light in an empty store at 3 a.m.’
    • ‘The room was lit by the eerie radiance of the television.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The sun rose just about the hills near the lake, which made the quiet lake reflect its light, adding more radiance.’
    • ‘Her hair was a sleek silver, having the sheen and radiance of the light of the moon.’
    • ‘A radiance as bright as the sun shone from the stone and travelled part way down her arm.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mother-of-pearl glows and its radiance diffuses a luminous light.’
    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 happiness, apparent in someone's expression or bearing.
      ‘the radiance of the bride's smile’
      • ‘Her violet eyes cast a look around, her radiance seeming to brighten the gloom around her…’
      • ‘The third was a very handsome, pleasantly featured man flush with radiance.’
      • ‘He looked into my eyes and smiled his big brown eyes just glowing with this new radiance.’
      • ‘Even Mike's eyes were jubilant; his newfound radiance made me think of the fear that I had just previously seen in him.’
      • ‘In these moments, the world seemed such a perfect place, all pain and hatred melted away from her radiance.’
      • ‘We can bask freely in the natural radiance of our mind.’
      • ‘That night, I saw her as the most beautiful lady in the room, her heart of gold shining and giving her a glowing radiance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His face was stern, yet awakened confidence, and his eyes beamed with youthful radiance.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He could feel the radiance of her smile, the gentle expression of her eyes when she looked at him.’
      • ‘They have an exuberant, vital, natural radiance around them that is infectious to others.’
      • ‘Looking at her now, he felt that he was walking on air, completely captivated by her radiance.’
      • ‘The radiance of Blanchett and the beatific look of love on the face of Ribisi are unforgettable.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This radiance that never fades, this mysterious and magical joy, is the greatest treasure of all - one known only by those who love.’
      • ‘She was radiant, but it was a very natural radiance Kasi possessed.’
      • ‘She no longer had the radiance of euphoria she always did.’
      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.
      • ‘Colour is draped over the client to see what brings out the natural radiance of the skin.’
      • ‘She had gained weight and though her skin lost its glowing radiance, it wasn't ghastly pale anymore.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One key characteristic of youthful-looking skin is radiance.’
      • ‘Adina came back and sat by his side, her skin back to its usual radiance.’
      • ‘The skin has a radiance that reaches out and touches you.’
      • ‘It gives skin a healthy radiance without exposing it to the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays.’
      • ‘Add tourmaline to your complexion after any of these masks - the mineral helps boost radiance and also delivers moisture to the skin.’
      • ‘That means a bumper package of proteins, minerals and essential oils to revitalise the skin, promoting natural radiance.’
      • ‘Skin instantly recovers its natural resilience, suppleness and radiance.’
      • ‘The sun shining on her face made her amazing skin seem to glow with an angelic radiance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The girl's movements seemed so fluid and delicate, and her skin glowed with a kind of radiance.’
      • ‘This patented champ evens skin tone and brings out a natural radiance.’
      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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This irradiance and the radiance in the opposite direction were then inserted into equation to calculate the ideal reflectance.’

Pronunciation

radiance

/ˈreɪdiəns//ˈrādēəns/