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Definition of Luster

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gloss, shine, sheen; substance which gives a surface a gloss, polish; radiance, brightness; glory, splendor; cut glass ornament on a chandelier; chandelier or other light decorated with cut glass ornaments; synthetic shiny fabric
coat with a glossy finish, give a sheen to; make lustrous, cause to shine; become lustrous
Luster Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t.)
Alt. of Lustre
One who lusts.
Alt. of Lustre
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\lust"er\ (?), n. one who lusts.
\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. t. more. the scorching sun was mounted high, in all its luster, to the noonday sky.
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. h. wotton.
3. a candlestick, chandelier, girandole, or the like, generally of an ornamental character.
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.
ware, earthenware decorated by applying to the glazing metallic oxides, which acquire brilliancy in the process of baking. [
\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.
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]

  similar words(2) 

 luster lustre 
 luster ware 
1.A quality that outshines the usual
1.give luster or distinction to
2. coat or treat with a substance that imparts luster

WordNet 2.0

1. a quality that outshines the usual
(synonym) lustre, brilliancy, splendor, splendour
(hypernym) brightness
2. the visual property of something that shines with reflected light
(synonym) shininess, sheen, lustre
(hypernym) radiance, radiancy, shine, effulgence, refulgence, refulgency
3. a surface coating for ceramics or porcelain
(synonym) lustre
(hypernym) glaze
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Lustre or Luster may refer to:

  • Luster, Norway, a municipality
  • Lustre, Montana, Valley County, Montana, United States, a farming community

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