• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lustering The act or process of imparting a luster, as to pottery.
    • Lustering The brightening of a metal in the crucible when it becomes pure, as in certain refining processes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lustering The process of making lustrous or glossy.
    • n lustering In metal-working, same as brightening, 1.
    • n lustering A process for giving to woolen cloth a permanent gloss and smooth surface which will not roughen with wear. This is accomplished by stretching the cloth tightly on a perforated copper cylinder, which is then placed in a steam-chest and the steam turned on.
    • n lustering A treatment of furs to render them smooth.
    • n lustering A polishing material, as the black polish used for stoves.
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  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
    “There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!”
  • Edward F. Halifax
    “The plainer the dress, the greater luster does beauty appear.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “One shining quality lends a luster to another, or hides some glaring defect.”
  • Washington Irving
    “Rising genius always shoots out its rays from among the clouds, but these will gradually roll away and disappear as it ascends to its steady luster.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give luster, and many more people see than weigh.”
  • Cyril Connolly
    “Words today are like the shells and rope of seaweed which a child brings home glistening from the beach and which in an hour have lost their luster.”


In literature:

I fear to show you lest their luster pale.
"Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York" by Lemuel Ely Quigg
It was stiff and hard and shone with a metallic luster.
"The Enchanted Island" by Fannie Louise Apjohn
The feathery fringe of the fir-trees glitters like emerald in the luster-bathing air.
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
He stood five-eight, and his red and gold Space Service uniform gleamed with spit-and-polish luster.
"Unwise Child" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Everywhere, an ominous silence, and overhead the crescent growing in luster.
"Under the Rose" by Frederic Stewart Isham
The next instant there rattled to view a soulless, sodden shower of lack-luster, heart-breaking coals.
"The Flaw in the Sapphire" by Charles M. Snyder
The hair is pure white, fine, wavy, and of good length, and possesses a high luster.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
We are ready to plead at the bar of history, and our flag shall wear a new luster.
"In Our First Year of the War" by Woodrow Wilson
His eyes had an unearthly luster, his cheeks a burning flush, and his neglected hair and long beard were matted in a tangled mass.
"The Martyr of the Catacombs" by Anonymous
He would see the joy in their faces, the old luster of which he himself had dreamed in Virginia's eyes.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall

In poetry:

Even as the changing opal
In varying luster glows,
Her face at every moment
New charms and sweetness shows.
"Marriage Song" by Yehudah ha-Levi
Mary of Magdala was brought
From mysteries strange and dark and drear
To heights with joy and gladness fraught;
She radiates a luster clear.
"Ministering Women" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
Still thro' the shades Olympia dawning breaks!
What bloom, what brightness lusters o'er her cheeks!
Again she calls!—I dare no longer stay!
A kind farewel—Olympia, I obey.
"The Wanderer: A Vision: Canto III" by Richard Savage
The same sun shining on your brow
Lustered you hair as it does now,
My heart was standing still, I vow.
I bought a stamp, my eyes were bent
Upon a ring you wore - I went
Away as if indifferent.
"Post Office Romance" by Robert W Service
Whispered thee, come higher, where perennial bloom
Shall with heightened luster its wonted sway resume.
"Come where peaceful rivers quietly do flow—
Hasten mother, hasten, from that world of woe."
"Death Of A Grandparent Mrs. Jennette Bonneau" by Mary Weston Fordham
And sometimes thou art like the horizon-land whereon
Strange lusters kindle to the mist-enfolded sun. . . .
O splendor of a storm-wet dale suddenly bright
Under a sunset heaven where fires and clouds unite.
"Doubtful Skies" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

Environmentalists Adding Green Luster to Bob Taft's Dull Image.
The Golden State lost some of its luster in the last decade as an average quarter-million residents a year fled California for other states, according to a study released Tuesday.
Luster of 'Beamer Ball' has faded .
With a natural, metallic luster, the Mica-Flake systems UV stability ensures consistent color for the life of the floor .
Browns hoping a win over hated Steelers can revive NFL rivalry that's lost luster .
Once the NFL's equivalent to the Hatfields vs McCoys in helmets and shoulder pads, the two-times-per-season clash between the Steelers and Browns has lost its luster .
Has the Apple Cup lost some of its luster .
West Virginia game vs Oklahoma loses some luster .
It has since lost its luster and is barely noticeable.
Upstate won't recover until cities can regain their long-lost luster .
'A' word: Bilbray's scarlet letter losing luster .
TiO2 Coated Fluorphlogopite for a Silver White Luster .
ETF Fervor Shifts to Loans as Bonds Lose Luster : Credit Markets.
Mediterranean-style home gains luster in Richfield.
The luster of the AC World Series San Francisco still radiates two days after racing ended.

In science:

All objects listed in Table 1 of Dobbie et al. (2004; open circles) and the five ’original’ white dwarf c luster members (open stars) are also overplotted.
New Praesepe white dwarfs and the initial mass-final mass relation
The alternative is to c luster until the jet resolution exceeds the preset minimum, after which the event is vetoed, if the number of jets is not equal to the desired number of jets.
A Forward Branching Phase-Space Generator
At faint luminosities (on the right of the diagram) the WiggleZ galaxies have a similar c luster ing strength to loca l star-form ing samp les.
Anglo-Australian Observatory February 2009 newsletter
To the northern end of Orion A, the R -shaped OMC2/3 region is regarded as one of the best sites to study both “c luster ” and triggered star formation due to its near distance.
C2H, HC3N and HNC Observations in OMC-2/3
Without an external trigger, the most efficient search for a c lustering of events is conducted by starting a new window at the time of each event that remains after cuts and counting the number of additional events in the following 1 or 100 seconds.
Search for neutrino-induced cascades from gamma-ray bursts with AMANDA