Meaning of BRIGHTNESS in English


/bruyt"nis/ , n.

1. the quality of being bright.

2. Optics. the luminance of a body, apart from its hue or saturation, that an observer uses to determine the comparative luminance of another body. Pure white has the maximum brightness, and pure black the minimum brightness.

[ bef. 950; ME brihtnes, OE beorhtnes. See BRIGHT, -NESS ]

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