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luster


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Luster  \Lust"er\,  n. 
  One  who  lusts. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Luster  \Lus"ter\,  Lustre  \Lus"tre\,  n.  [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  perh.  a  different 
  word  and  akin  to  L.  lucere  to  be  light  or  clear,  to  shine. 
  See  {Lucid},  and  cf  {Illustrious},  {Lustrum}.] 
  1.  Brilliancy;  splendor;  brightness;  glitter. 
 
  The  right  mark  and  very  true  luster  of  the  diamond. 
  --Sir  T.  More 
 
  The  scorching  sun  was  mounted  high,  In  all  its 
  luster,  to  the  noonday  sky.  --Addison. 
 
  Note:  There  is  a  tendency  to  limit  the  use  of  luster,  in  this 
  sense  to  the  brightness  of  things  which  do  not  shine 
  with  their  own  light,  or  at  least  do  not  blaze  or  glow 
  with  heat.  One  speaks  of  the  luster  of  a  diamond,  or  of 
  silk,  or  even  of  the  stars,  but  not  often  now  of  the 
  luster  of  the  sun,  a  coal  of  fire,  or  the  like 
 
  2.  Renown;  splendor;  distinction;  glory. 
 
  His  ancestors  continued  about  four  hundred  years, 
  rather  without  obscurity  than  with  any  great  luster. 
  --Sir  H. 
  Wotton. 
 
  3.  A  candlestick,  chandelier,  girandole,  or  the  like 
  generally  of  an  ornamental  character.  --Pope. 
 
  4.  (Min.)  The  appearance  of  the  surface  of  a  mineral  as 
  affected  by  or  dependent  upon  peculiarities  of  its 
  reflecting  qualities. 
 
  Note:  The  principal  kinds  of  luster  recognized  are:  metallic, 
  adamantine,  vitreous,  resinous,  greasy,  pearly,  and 
  silky.  With  respect  to  intensity,  luster  is 
  characterized  as  splendent,  shining,  glistening, 
  glimmering,  and  dull. 
 
  5.  A  substance  which  imparts  luster  to  a  surface,  as  plumbago 
  and  some  of  the  glazes. 
 
  6.  A  fabric  of  wool  and  cotton  with  a  lustrous  surface,  -- 
  used  for  women's  dresses. 
 
  {Luster  ware},  earthenware  decorated  by  applying  to  the 
  glazing  metallic  oxides,  which  acquire  brilliancy  in  the 
  process  of  baking. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Luster  \Lus"ter\,  Lustre  \Lus"tre\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p. 
  {Lustred};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Lustering},  or  {Lustring}.] 
  To  make  lustrous.  [R.  &  Poetic] 
 
  Flooded  and  lustered  with  her  loosened  gold.  --Lowell. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  luster 
  n  1:  a  quality  that  outshines  the  usual  [syn:  {lustre},  {brilliancy}, 
  {splendor},  {splendour}] 
  2:  the  visual  property  of  something  that  shines  with  reflected 
  light  [syn:  {shininess},  {sheen},  {lustre}] 
  3:  a  surface  coating  for  ceramics  or  porcelain  [syn:  {lustre}] 




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