bright

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bright full or promise "had a bright future in publishing","the scandal threatened an abrupt end to a promising political career","a hopeful new singer on Broadway"
    • adj bright having lots of light either natural or artificial "the room was bright and airy","a stage bright with spotlights"
    • adj bright emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts "the sun was bright and hot","a bright sunlit room"
    • adj bright not made dim or less bright "undimmed headlights","surprisingly the curtain started to rise while the houselights were still undimmed"
    • adj bright having striking color "bright dress","brilliant tapestries","a bird with vivid plumage"
    • adj bright splendid "the bright stars of stage and screen","a bright moment in history","the bright pageantry of court"
    • adj bright characterized by happiness or gladness "bright faces","all the world seems bright and gay"
    • adj bright characterized by quickness and ease in learning "some children are brighter in one subject than another","smart children talk earlier than the average"
    • adj bright made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow "bright silver candlesticks","a burnished brass knocker","she brushed her hair until it fell in lustrous auburn waves","rows of shining glasses","shiny black patents"
    • adj bright clear and sharp and ringing "the bright sound of the trumpet section","the brilliant sound of the trumpets"
    • adv bright with brightness "the stars shone brilliantly","the windows glowed jewel bright"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Great Pyramids used to be as white as snow because they were encased in a bright limestone that has worn off over the years
    • adv Bright Brightly. "I say it is the moon that shines so bright ."
    • Bright Having a clear, quick intellect; intelligent.
    • Bright 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."
    • Bright Illustrious; glorious. "In the brightest annals of a female reign."
    • Bright 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."
    • Bright Of brilliant color; of lively hue or appearance. "Here the bright crocus and blue violet grew."
    • Bright Radiating or reflecting light; shedding or having much light; shining; luminous; not dark. "The sun was bright o'erhead.""The earth was dark, but the heavens were bright .""The public places were as bright as at noonday."
    • v. i Bright See Brite v. i.
    • Bright Sparkling with wit; lively; vivacious; shedding cheerfulness and joy around; cheerful; cheery. "Be bright and jovial among your guests."
    • n Bright Splendor; brightness. "Dark with excessive bright thy skirts appear."
    • v. t Bright To be or become overripe, as wheat, barley, or hops.
    • Bright Transmitting light; clear; transparent. "From the brightest wines
      He 'd turn abhorrent."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pixie, a Siberian Husky, gave birth to 7 puppies, one of which was bright green
    • bright Radiating or reflecting light; filled with light; brilliant; shining; luminous; sparkling: as, a bright sun.
    • bright Transmitting light; clear; transparent, as liquors.
    • bright Manifest to the mind, as light is to the eye; evident; clear.
    • bright Resplendent, as with beauty; splendid.
    • bright Illustrious; glorious: as, the brightest period of a kingdom.
    • bright Having or marked by brilliant mental qualities; quick in wit; witty; clever; not dull: as, he is by no means bright; a bright remark; a bright book.
    • bright Sparkling in action or manner; animated or animating; vivacious; lively; cheerful.
    • bright Favorable; pleasing; auspicious: as, a bright prospect.
    • bright In painting, luminous; glittering; full of light. A picture is said to be bright when the lights so much prevail as to overcome the shadows, and are kept so clear and distinct as to produce an effect of brilliancy.
    • bright Nautical, alert; vigilant.
    • bright Synonyms Glowing, lustrous, gleaming, radiant, effulgent.
    • bright Acute, intelligent, discerning.
    • bright Promising, encouraging.
    • bright Brightly.
    • n bright Brightness.
    • bright To make bright; brighten.
    • bright See brite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: About 1 in 5,000 North Atlantic lobsters are born bright blue
    • adj Bright brīt shining: full of light: clear: beautiful: cheerful: clever: illustrious
    • adv Bright (Shak.) brightly: clearly
    • v.i Bright to grow bright or brighter: to clear up
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Quotations

  • Logan Pearsall Smith
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    “What pursuit is more elegant than that of collecting the ignominies of our nature and transfixing them for show, each on the bright pin of a polished phrase?”
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    “There is no danger of developing eyestrain from looking on the bright side of things.”
  • David Kelley
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    “Bright lights cast dark shadows when shone from only one direction.”
  • Clive James
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    “As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.”
  • John Luckey Mccreery
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    “There is no death. the stars go down to rise upon some other shore. And bright in Heaven's jeweled crown, they shine for ever more.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “The pest of society are the egotist, they are dull and bright, sacred and profane, course and fine. It is a disease that like the flu falls on all constitutions.”

Idioms

Bright and breezy - When someone is cheerful and full of energy, they are bright and breezy.
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Bright as a button - A person who is as bright as a button is very intelligent or smart.
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Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed - If someone's bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, they are full of energy and enthusiasm.
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Look on the bright side - If you look on the bright side, you try to see things in an optimistic way, especially when something has gone wrong.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. briht, AS. beorht, briht,; akin to OS. berht, OHG. beraht, Icel. bjartr, Goth. baírhts,. √94

Usage

In literature:

And, as I looked dreamily towards the clouds, the sky became bright.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
Her powers of body were almost exhausted, but her eyes flashed brightly, and on her cheeks was a rosy flush.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Bright kept his papers and did his writing.
"Eyebright" by Susan Coolidge
The coals of the tree, how bravely they burn, how bright and clear they glow!
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
We thus have the brightness of the image on the retina intensified.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
The group of khaki-clad figures separated, and turned first to the Chief, then to the bright-eyed, bright-faced enthusiast.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
But well-springs, mortal and immortal, were beginning to bubble up brightly in Beth, despite the hard conditions of her life.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
The day was beautifully bright and a trifle warm.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
A spectrum is said to be "reversed" when lines previously seen bright on a dark background appear dark on a bright background.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
From some of the windows bright lights were already beginning to stream until it was almost as bright as day.
"The Children's Book of Christmas Stories" by Various
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In poetry:

With burning kisses
Of bright gold
Fills her young womb
With joy untold;
"Summer Songs" by Richard Le Gallienne
Live thy Life,
Young and old,
Like yon oak,
Bright in spring,
Living gold;
"The Oak" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
My worshipping eyes
Thy presence bright
Shall still suffice,
Their only light.
"Invitation" by Friedrich Ruckert
Two bright stars
Peep'd into the shell.
"What are you dreaming of?
Who can tell?"
"Minnie and Winnie" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
In the East--oh, that flashed
Brightness, past
The loveliness even
Of sunset's flush!
"The Brightness" by John Freeman

All foolish, at their prayers,
Hunkering toward that light
From heaven bright and fair,
"The Runaways/ Les Effares" by Arthur Rimbaud

In news:

The Darkness and Brightness of Teaching: Portraits of College Dropouts.
Introduces LV-8235 Ultra-Short Throw Projector With Widescreen WXGA Resolution, 2500 Lumen Brightness And 3D Support.
'Transformers' to pump up 3D brightness .
Baker and Banker brings simple brightness to Octavia.
Brightness Cloaked in Hubris.
Diode Laser Module Offers Increased Brightness and High Reliability.
Two fiber coupled diode laser arrays offer substantially higher brightness than previously available from the company, without any sacrifice in reliability or lifetime.
The Value Of Brightness /Contrast.
As soon as I mention the Brightness /Contrast adjustment control, I know some Photoshop sophisticates will turn up their noses and figure that I've lost it.
They say there is no buffing or sanding required and you`ll have showroom bright headlights in just 30 seconds.
Yes, I know that ' brite ' is spelled 'bright', we spell it phonetically because it's on our show and we get to call it what we want.
Twin Rivers Paper Company announces the launch of a new lightweight, high-bright hybrid publishing paper, Border Brite .
Remember that YouTube video that went viral a little over a year ago where a girl with bright red lips and a weird hair bump was spitting Lil Wayne's raps like it was a piece of cake.
This rich broth gets brightness from tomato and fennel and a deep brininess from clam juice.
Why Felix Doubront's future looks very bright.
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In science:

In the VLA data cube, the H I emission of a tiny irregular dwarf low surface brightness galaxy was discovered.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
This SNR contains three bright maser features along with several weaker features within ∼ 1′ (6 pc) near the center of the remnant.
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
They show that the HV H i is located toward the western edge of the centrally bright X-ray emitting region of W51C in an arc-shape, while the shocked CO gas is located slightly east of the HV H i emission.
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
The primary goal of the QSO search is to identify QSOs bright enough for absorption line system spectroscopy follow-up, so the marginal improvement in magnitude limits is not ultimately important.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
UVX candidates were divided into “bright” and “faint” sets, depending on whether the U, B , and V magnitudes were brighter or fainter than the 10% uncertainty levels.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
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