• WordNet 3.6
    • n luster a surface coating for ceramics or porcelain
    • n luster the visual property of something that shines with reflected light
    • n luster a quality that outshines the usual
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Luster A candlestick, chandelier, girandole, or the like, generally of an ornamental character.
    • Luster A fabric of wool and cotton with a lustrous surface, -- used for women's dresses.
    • n Luster A period of five years; a lustrum. "Both of us have closed the tenth luster ."
    • Luster A substance which imparts luster to a surface, as graphite and some of the glazes.
    • Luster Brilliancy; splendor; brightness; glitter. "The right mark and very true luster of the diamond.""The scorching sun was mounted high,
      In all its luster , to the noonday sky."
    • n Luster One who lusts.
    • Luster Renown; splendor; distinction; glory. "His ancestors continued about four hundred years, rather without obscurity than with any great luster ."
    • Luster (Min) The appearance of the surface of a mineral as affected by, or dependent upon, peculiarities of its reflecting qualities.
    • v. t Luster To make lustrous. "Flooded and lustered with her loosened gold."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n luster One who lusts; one inflamed with lust.
    • n luster The quality of shining; brilliancy or refulgence, from inherent constitution or artificial polish; splendor; glow; sheen; gloss: as, the luster of the stars, or of gold.
    • n luster In mineralogy, a variation in the nature of the reflecting surface of minerals. In this sense the word designates, first, the kind or quality of the light reflected; second, the degree of intensity. The principal kinds of luster are: metallic, as in pyrites and galena; adamantine, as in the diamond; vitreous, as in glass; resinous, as in zinc-blende; greasy, as in elæolite; pearly, as in gypsum; and silky, as in amianthus.
    • n luster The state or quality of being illustrious or famous; brilliant distinction; brilliancy, as of a person, a deed, an event, or the like.
    • n luster A branched candelabrum or chandelier or namented with prisms or pendants of glass.
    • n luster The quality of glossiness or brilliancy in a textile material or in a finished fabric: as, the luster of wool or of satin.
    • n luster A thin and light kind of poplin.
    • n luster Synonyms Refulgence.
    • n luster Glory, celebrity.
    • n luster Effulgence, Brilliance, etc. See radiance.
    • luster To impart luster or gloss to.
    • n luster Same as lustrum.
    • n luster The den or abode of a wild beast.
    • n luster A material applied to the surface of something in order to produce a lustrous appearance.
    • n luster In ceramics, a metallic glaze containing gold applied to pottery or porcelain.
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. lustre,; cf. It. lustro,; both fr. L. lustrare, to purify, go about (like the priests at the lustral sacrifice), traverse, survey, illuminate, fr. lustrum, a purificatory sacrifice; perh. akin to E. loose,. But lustrare, to illuminate is perhaps a different word, and akin to L. lucere, to be light or clear, to shine. See Lucid, and cf. Illustrious Lustrum


In literature:

Dried, it becomes hard, and on a cut or burnished surface takes a luster like wax or pitch.
"Peat and its Uses as Fertilizer and Fuel" by Samuel William Johnson
The ambitious doctor began to desire both the honors and luster of royalty.
"Laboulaye's Fairy Book" by Various
Wood light, very soft, not strong, of fine texture, and whitish, grayish to yellowish color, usually with a satiny luster.
"Seasoning of Wood" by Joseph B. Wagner
The Virginia oyster pearl lacks luster.
"The Bounty of the Chesapeake" by James Wharton
No; one window in the front, on the ground-floor, shone with the luster of a lamp.
"Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf" by George W. M. Reynolds
Its shadows under the trees were in her eyes, its luster under the sun was the luster of her body!
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
The expression of melancholy faded from his countenance, his eyes shone with renewed luster and he smiled upon all the world.
"When Dreams Come True" by Ritter Brown
Some, however, we have of very superior luster.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. IX (of X) - America - I" by Various
Its rays, reflected from the surface of the Peel River just beyond, shone with a pale luster such as they had never before known.
"Young Alaskans in the Far North" by Emerson Hough
Alum makes the hair brittle and takes away the luster.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough

In poetry:

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
Returning, we linger here,
These valleys broad to us are dear,
Whose men in their faithful living
To Norway are honor giving;
Their fathers, strong in brain and brawn,
Lent luster to our morning-dawn.
"Norse Nature" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
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
Lost luster under her footsoles.
The long wind, paring her person down
To a pinch of flame, blew its burdened whistle
In the whorl of her ear, and like a scooped-out pumpkin crown
Her head cupped the babel.
"Hardcastle Crags" by Sylvia Plath
Where are they? Ah! dim in the dust lies the clover;
The whippoorwill's call has a sorrowful tone,
And the dove's--I have wept at it over and over;--
I want the glad luster
Of youth, and the cluster
Of faces asleep where the bumblebees drone!
"The Boys" by James Whitcomb Riley
His luster lives untarnished; as he lies
Where Malady has bound him in wild pain,
And only Death can loose the heavy chain
That galls her captive while his nature dies,
He seems far greater in his country's eyes,
Than if an Appomattox spake again.
"The Dying Hero" by Freeman Edwin Miller

In news:

'Liz & Dick': Lindsay Lohan lacks luster.
Marie Luster Henry passed away peacefully Monday, October 29, 2012 surrounded by her loving family.
Manufacturing Jobs Lost Their Luster .
Restore public schools' luster .
Zynga Swings to Loss as Games Lose Luster .
Green technology loses luster amid shale boom.
Honda hopes 2013 Civic restores model's luster .
The Drug Of Choice For Pharmacy Crooks May Be Losing Its Luster .
Romney's message may be losing its luster in N.H. Sunday, November 18, 2012.
Romney's message may be losing its luster in NH.
Romney's Message May be Losing its Luster in NH.
Niagara Falls may have lost some luster , but you'll get misty nonetheless.
In Show's Luster , Seeing Reflections of Europe's Chill.
Futurity has lost its luster .
Dems seek Clinton luster .

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