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Meaning of BRILLIANT

Pronunciation:  'brilyunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  full of light; shining intensely; "a brilliant star"; "brilliant chandeliers"
  2. [adj]  having striking color; "bright greens"; "brilliant tapestries"; "a bird with vivid plumage"
  3. [adj]  characterized by or attended with brilliance or grandeur; "the brilliant court life at Versailles"; "a glorious work of art"; "magnificent cathedrals"; "the splendid coronation ceremony"
  4. [adj]  having or marked by unusual and impressive intelligence; "some men dislike brainy women"; "a brilliant mind"; "a brilliant solution to the problem"
  5. [adj]  clear and sharp and ringing; "the bright sound of the trumpet section"; "the brilliant sound of the trumpets"
  6. [adj]  of surpassing excellence; "a brilliant performance"; "a superb actor"
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 Synonyms: brainy, bright, colorful, colourful, glorious, impressive, intelligent, magnificent, reverberant, ringing, smart as a whip, splendid, superb, superior, vivid



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bril"liant\ (br[i^]l"yant), a. [F. brillant, p. pr.
    of briller to shine or sparkle (cf. Pr. & Sp. brillar, It.
    brillare), fr. L. beryllus a precious stone of sea-green
    color, Prov. It. brill. See {Beryl}.]
    1. Sparkling with luster; glittering; very bright; as, a
       brilliant star.
    2. Distinguished by qualities which excite admiration;
       splendid; shining; as, brilliant talents.
             Washington was more solicitous to avoid fatal
             mistakes than to perform brilliant exploits.
                                                   --Fisher Ames.
    Syn: See {Shining}.
  2. \Bril"liant\, n. [F. brillant. See {Brilliant}, a.]
    1. A diamond or other gem of the finest cut, formed into
       faces and facets, so as to reflect and refract the light,
       by which it is rendered more brilliant. It has at the
       middle, or top, a principal face, called the table, which
       is surrounded by a number of sloping facets forming a
       bizet; below, it has a small face or collet, parallel to
       the table, connected with the girdle by a pavilion of
       elongated facets. It is thus distinguished from the rose
       diamond, which is entirely covered with facets on the
       surface, and is flat below.
             This snuffbox -- on the hinge see brilliants shine.
    2. (Print.) The smallest size of type used in England
    Note: This line is printed in the type called Brilliant.
    3. A kind of cotton goods, figured on the weaving.
Computing Dictionary

One of five pedagogical languages based on Markov algorithms, used in ["Nonpareil, a Machine Level Machine Independent Language for the Study of Semantics", B. Higman, ULICS Intl Report No ICSI 170, U London (1968)].

See also Diamond, Nonpareil, Pearl, Ruby.

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