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BRIGHT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bright mean? 

BRIGHT (adjective)
  The adjective BRIGHT has 11 senses:

1. emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts
2. having striking color
3. characterized by quickness and ease in learning
4. having lots of light either natural or artificial
5. made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow
6. splendid
7. not made dim or less bright
8. clear and sharp and ringing
9. characterized by happiness or gladness
10. abounding with sunlight
11. full or promise

  Familiarity information: BRIGHT used as an adjective is familiar.


BRIGHT (adverb)
  The adverb BRIGHT has 1 sense:

1. with brightness

  Familiarity information: BRIGHT used as an adverb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BRIGHT (adjective)


Sense 1bright [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts

Context examples:

the sun was bright and hot / a bright sunlit room

Similar:

glimmering; glimmery (shining softly and intermittently)

glistening; glossy; lustrous; sheeny; shining; shiny (reflecting light)

iridescent; nacreous; opalescent; opaline; pearlescent (having a play of lustrous rainbow-like colors)

lurid (shining with an unnatural red glow as of fire seen through smoke)

noctilucent (shining or glowing by night)

self-luminous (having in itself the property of emitting light)

shimmery (glistening tremulously)

silver; silvern; silvery (having the white lustrous sheen of silver)

twinkling (shining intermittently with a sparkling light)

flashing (emitting light in sudden short or intermittent bursts)

ardent (glowing or shining like fire)

agleam; gleaming; nitid (bright with a steady but subdued shining)

aglow; lambent; lucent; luminous (softly bright or radiant)

aglitter; coruscant; fulgid; glinting; glistering; glittering; glittery; scintillant; scintillating; sparkly (having brief brilliant points or flashes of light)

beadlike; beady; buttonlike; buttony (small and round and shiny like a shiny bead or button)

beaming; beamy; effulgent; radiant; refulgent (radiating or as if radiating light)

blazing; blinding; dazzling; fulgent; glaring; glary (shining intensely)

bright as a new penny ((metaphor) shining brightly)

brilliant (full of light; shining intensely)

Attribute:

brightness; brightness level; light; luminance; luminosity; luminousness (the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light)

Antonym:

dull (emitting or reflecting very little light)


Sense 2bright [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having striking color

Synonyms:

bright; vivid; brilliant

Context examples:

bright dress / brilliant tapestries / a bird with vivid plumage

Similar:

colorful; colourful (having striking color)


Sense 3bright [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by quickness and ease in learning

Synonyms:

bright; smart

Context examples:

some children are brighter in one subject than another / smart children talk earlier than the average

Similar:

intelligent (having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree)


Sense 4bright [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having lots of light either natural or artificial

Context examples:

the room was bright and airy / a stage bright with spotlights

Similar:

light (characterized by or emitting light)


Sense 5bright [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow

Synonyms:

burnished; lustrous; shining; shiny; bright

Context examples:

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

Similar:

polished (perfected or made shiny and smooth)


Sense 6bright [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Splendid

Context examples:

the bright stars of stage and screen / a bright moment in history / the bright pageantry of court

Similar:

glorious (having or deserving or conferring glory)


Sense 7bright [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not made dim or less bright

Synonyms:

undimmed; bright

Context examples:

undimmed headlights / surprisingly the curtain started to rise while the houselights were still undimmed


Sense 8bright [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Clear and sharp and ringing

Synonyms:

brilliant; bright

Context examples:

the bright sound of the trumpet section / the brilliant sound of the trumpets

Similar:

reverberant; ringing (having a tendency to reverberate or be repeatedly reflected)


Sense 9bright [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by happiness or gladness

Context examples:

bright faces / all the world seems bright and gay

Similar:

happy (enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure or good fortune)


Sense 10bright [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Abounding with sunlight

Synonyms:

sunny; sunshiny; shining; shiny; bright

Context examples:

a bright sunny day / one shining morning / when it is warm and shiny

Similar:

clear (free from clouds or mist or haze)


Sense 11bright [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Full or promise

Synonyms:

promising; bright

Context examples:

had a bright future in publishing / the scandal threatened an abrupt end to a promising political career

Similar:

auspicious (auguring favorable circumstances and good luck)


BRIGHT (adverb)


Sense 1bright [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

With brightness

Synonyms:

bright; brightly; brilliantly

Context examples:

the stars shone brilliantly / the windows glowed jewel bright


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