• WordNet 3.6
    • n brilliance the quality of being magnificent or splendid or grand "for magnificence and personal service there is the Queen's hotel","his `Hamlet' lacks the brilliance that one expects","it is the university that gives the scene its stately splendor","an imaginative mix of old-fashioned grandeur and colorful art","advertisers capitalize on the grandness and elegance it brings to their products"
    • n brilliance a light within the field of vision that is brighter than the brightness to which the eyes are adapted "a glare of sunlight"
    • n brilliance unusual mental ability
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brilliance The quality of being brilliant; great brightness; splendor; luster: as, the brilliance of the diamond.
    • n brilliance Figuratively, remarkable excellence or distinction; admirable or splendid quality or qualities; absolutely, conspicuous mental ability or an exhibition of it.
    • n brilliance Synonyms Effulgence, Luster, etc. See radiance.
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  • Dorothy Nevill
    Dorothy Nevill
    “The commercial class has always mistrusted verbal brilliancy and wit, deeming such qualities, perhaps with some justice, frivolous and unprofitable.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “Among the attributes of God, although they are equal, mercy shines with even more brilliance than justice.”
  • David Fasold
    David Fasold
    “Intellectual brilliance is no guarantee against being dead wrong.”
  • Warren Buffett
    “When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.”
  • Ann Landers
    “Sensual pleasures have the fleeting brilliance of a comet; a happy marriage has the tranquillity of a lovely sunset.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Before a diamond shows its brilliancy and prismatic colors it has to stand a good deal of cutting and smoothing.”


In literature:

The moon no longer eclipsed the star but was lost to sight in the brilliance of the sky.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
His splendid brilliance gives him the pre-eminence over all other celestial bodies.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
The other rested from the laborious sawing of a log, blinking and tremulous in the hard brilliancy of midday.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Her dazzling eyes seemed to be endowed with something of the brilliancy of the sunlight that was so intensely pouring down upon them.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
These beautifully groomed young gentlemen sat upon high stools at desks of great brilliancy.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
The rich colours and the sparkling jewels of an assembly of Indian nobility attract the eye by their brilliance.
"India and the Indians" by Edward F. Elwin
You didn't find much brilliance there, I imagine?
"The Rhodesian" by Gertrude Page
Vivacity and brilliancy in playing are largely matters of temperament and a fluent technic.
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
They are, however, sometimes very beautiful, especially when well cut for brilliancy, and when in a strong light.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
The stars now began to show themselves, and shone forth with great brilliancy in the deep blue Heaven.
"A Yacht Voyage to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden" by W. A. Ross

In poetry:

Now in a thousand facets cut,
It sparkles out at me,
The brilliance of eternal love,
Eternal constancy.
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose
Amid the tempest, wild and dark,
Upon Life's troubled sea;
One only star illumes the scene,
With heavenly brilliancy.
"A Song" by James Avis Bartley
Farewell ! thou vase of splendour,
I need thy light no more;
No brilliance canst thou render
The world to which I soar.
"The Departing Spirit" by James Edmeston
For, oh! when chill the sunbeams fall
Adown that dreary sky,
And gild yon dank and darkened wall
With transient brilliancy;
"The Bluebell" by Emily Jane Bronte
The clear white moon sails through the skies
And silvers all the night,
I see the brilliance of your eyes
And need no other light.
"Khan Zada's Song On The Hillside" by Laurence Hope
Still kept the weaver weaving on,
Though he wove a texture gray,
Its tissued brilliance all had gone,
The gold threads cankered lay.
"The Weaver" by Emily Chubbuck Judson

In news:

Brilliance Composite Camera cables.
What is Your Brilliance Quotient.
For Devils, Martin Brodeur's brilliance not quite enough.
Q&A: Applied Brilliance at NeoCon 2009.
Cindy Allen talks with Deborah Patton about the upcoming Applied Brilliance seminar series.
If Obama Can't Dazzle 'Em With Brilliance .
The brilliance of Brittany .
Recipe-brilliance can strike anytime — as quickly as you can snap your fingers, or when you're standing in a crowded produce section — and you have to be ready for it.
I expected this movie to be very good but was amazed at its brilliance.
Ten minutes can seem like an eternity—at least it can if you're an audience member waiting to see the newest iteration of the sketch comedy brilliance of the Cody Rivers Show.
In eastern Essex County expect 40 to 60 percent average color change this weekend and leaves of mostly average brilliance with some bright sparks of color .
Now in addition to being completely positive, how many people do you know with impeccable personal and professional honesty, qualifications, experience, fairness, integrity, valor, compassion and brilliance.
Studio Theatre's 'Invisible Man' has visual brilliance, compelling performance.
The 962-foot Brilliance of the Seas is scheduled to arrive in Portland at 7 am Wednesday with approximately 2,400 passengers and 850 crew members.
Lip colour with large particle pearls reflect and refract light to mimic the brilliance of quartz and opal crystal.

In science:

Fig. 2 shows the gain in average and peak brilliance of the X–ray sources over the last 100 years.
TESLA Technical Design Report Part I: Executive Summary
It is the free–electron laser (FEL), which finally will provide lateral fully coherent polarised X–rays with peak brilliances that are more than a 100 million times higher than what is available today from the best synchrotron radiation sources.
TESLA Technical Design Report Part I: Executive Summary
Especially electron storage rings used for the production of X–ray beams of unprecedented brilliance provide key tools for modern research.
TESLA Technical Design Report Part I: Executive Summary
At storage ring based synchrotron radiation sources a gain in brilliance by more than ten orders of magnitude has been achieved over the last thirty years.
TESLA Technical Design Report Part I: Executive Summary
Modern third-generation synchrotron radiation facilities provide micro-focus beams of very high brilliance, with cross sections in the sub-micrometer range, beams of almost complete circular or linear polarisation, and beams with a significant degree of coherence.
TESLA Technical Design Report Part I: Executive Summary