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English noun: brightness

1. brightness (attribute) the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white

Broader (hypernym)light, lightness

Narrower (hyponym)blaze, brilliance, brilliancy, dazzle, effulgence, flash, glare, glint, glisten, glister, glitter, iridescence, luster, lustre, opalescence, radiance, radiancy, refulgence, refulgency, scintillation, shine, sparkle, splendor, splendour


2. brightness (cognition) intelligence as manifested in being quick and witty

Synonymscleverness, smartness

Broader (hypernym)intelligence

3. brightness (attribute) the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light

SamplesIts luminosity is measured relative to that of our sun.

Synonymsbrightness level, light, luminance, luminosity, luminousness

Broader (hypernym)physical property

Narrower (hyponym)glow, illuminance, illumination, incandescence, luminescence

Attributebright, dull

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