radiance

Radiance is a type of glowing: either from a light source like the sun or a healthy, beaming person.

The sun radiates lights, and bright objects that give off light rays have a quality called radiance. The sun's radiance can be felt the strongest in the afternoon. We use lights for their radiance: they brighten rooms and streets. Also, if someone is happy and healthy, we can talk about their radiance. A sign of radiance in a person is a wide smile, and pregnant women are often said to have a glow or radiance because they’re full of life.

Definitions of radiance
  1. noun
    an attractive combination of good health and happiness
    “the radiance of her countenance”
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    felicity, happiness
    state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy
    good health, healthiness
    the state of being vigorous and free from bodily or mental disease
  2. noun
    the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
    synonyms: effulgence, radiancy, refulgence, refulgency, shine
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    gleam, gleaming, glow, lambency
    an appearance of reflected light
    luster, lustre, sheen, shininess
    the visual property of something that shines with reflected light
    burnish, gloss, glossiness, polish
    the property of being smooth and shiny
    French polish
    the glaze produced by repeated applications of French polish shellac
    glaze
    a glossy finish on a fabric
    patina
    a sheen or gloss on a surface, especially resulting from use or age
    type of:
    brightness
    the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white
  3. noun
    the amount of electromagnetic radiation leaving or arriving at a point on a surface
    synonyms: glow, glowing
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    aureole, corona
    the outermost region of the sun's atmosphere; visible as a white halo during a solar eclipse
    type of:
    light, visible light, visible radiation
    (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation
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