Definition of Bright

1. Adjective. Emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts. "A bright sunlit room"

2. Adverb. With brightness. "The windows glowed jewel bright"
Exact synonyms: Brightly, Brilliantly
Partainyms: Brilliant

3. Adjective. Having striking color. "A bird with vivid plumage"
Exact synonyms: Brilliant, Vivid
Similar to: Colorful, Colourful
Derivative terms: Brightness, Brilliancy, Vividness

4. Adjective. Characterized by quickness and ease in learning. "Smart children talk earlier than the average"
Exact synonyms: Smart
Similar to: Intelligent
Derivative terms: Brightness, Smartness

5. Adjective. Having lots of light either natural or artificial. "A stage bright with spotlights"
Similar to: Light
Derivative terms: Brightness

6. Adjective. Made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow. "Shiny black patents"
Exact synonyms: Burnished, Lustrous, Shining, Shiny
Similar to: Polished
Derivative terms: Brightness, Shine, Shininess

7. Adjective. Splendid. "The bright pageantry of court"
Similar to: Glorious

8. Adjective. Not made dim or less bright. "Surprisingly the curtain started to rise while the houselights were still undimmed"
Exact synonyms: Undimmed
Derivative terms: Brightness
Antonyms: Dimmed

9. Adjective. Clear and sharp and ringing. "The brilliant sound of the trumpets"
Exact synonyms: Brilliant
Similar to: Reverberant
Derivative terms: Brilliancy

10. Adjective. Characterized by happiness or gladness. "All the world seems bright and gay"
Similar to: Happy

11. Adjective. Full or promise. "A hopeful new singer on Broadway"
Exact synonyms: Hopeful, Promising
Similar to: Auspicious
Derivative terms: Brightness, Hopeful, Hopefulness

Definition of Bright

1. v. i. See Brite, v. i.

2. a. Radiating or reflecting light; shedding or having much light; shining; luminous; not dark.

3. n. Splendor; brightness.

4. adv. Brightly.

Definition of Bright

1. Proper noun. (surname) ¹

2. Adjective. Visually dazzling; luminous, lucent, clear, radiant; not dark. ¹

3. Adjective. Intelligent, brilliant. ¹

4. Adjective. Vivid, colourful, brilliant. ¹

5. Adjective. Happy. ¹

6. Noun. An artists brush used in oil and acrylic painting with a long ferrule and a flat, somewhat tapering bristle head. ¹

7. Noun. A neologism intended as a positive-sounding umbrella term to describe various kinds of non-religious and non-superstitious people. (There is a Wikipedia article on this usage.) ¹

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Definition of Bright

1. emitting much light [adj BRIGHTER, BRIGHTEST] : BRIGHTLY [adv] / a light-hued tobacco [n -S]

Medical Definition of Bright

1. 1. Radiating or reflecting light; shedding or having much light; shining; luminous; not dark. "The sun was bright o'erhead." (Longfellow) "The earth was dark, but the heavens were bright." (Drake) "The public places were as bright as at noonday." (Macaulay) 2. Transmitting light; clear; transparent. "From the brightest wines He 'd turn abhorrent." (Thomson) 3. Having qualities that render conspicuous or attractive, or that affect the mind as light does the eye; resplendent with charms; as, bright beauty. "Bright as an angel new-dropped from the sky." (Parnell) 4. Having a clear, quick intellect; intelligent. 5. Sparkling with wit; lively; vivacious; shedding cheerfulness and joy around; cheerful; cheery. "Be bright and jovial among your guests." (Shak) 6. Illustrious; glorious. "In the brightest annals of a female reign." (Cotton) 7. Manifest to the mind, as light is to the eyes; clear; evident; plain. "That he may with more ease, with brighter evidence, and with surer success, draw the bearner on." (I. Watts) 8. Of brilliant colour; of lively hue or appearance. "Here the bright crocus and blue violet grew." (Pope) Bright is used in composition in the sense of brilliant, clear, sunny, etc.; as, bright-eyed, bright-haired, bright-hued. Synonym: Shining, splending, luminous, lustrous, brilliant, resplendent, effulgent, refulgent, radiant, sparkling, glittering, lucid, beamy, clear, transparent, illustrious, witty, clear, vivacious, sunny. Origin: OE. Briht, AS. Beorht, briht; akin to OS. Berht, OHG. Beraht, Icel. Bjartr, Goth. Bairhts. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Bright

bright (current term)
bright's disease
bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
bright-line rule
bright and morning star
bright as a new penny(p)
bright blue
bright eyed and bushy tailed
bright field
bright field illumination
bright field imaging
bright field microscopy
bright line

Literary usage of Bright

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1915)
"61 Cygni is not nearly so bright as a Lyne. but has a very great angular movement ... Thus when a bright star and faint star are looked at, one half of the ..."

2. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1888)
"The green line will be seei bright, while D is dark. In the bodies in which these phenomena apparently ..."

3. Biographical Memoirs by National Academy of Sciences (U.S.) (1895)
"dark lines they must coincide with bright ones, or at least must agree with the interspaces between the dark Hues. Moreover, in the above paper the ..."

4. Dictionary of national biography by Leslie Stephen, Sidney Lee (1901)
"Its introduction was preceded by a conference between bright and Lord John Russell, ... Monckton Millies was of opinion that Lord John bound bright over to ..."

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