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Meaning of LUSTER

Pronunciation:  'lustur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a surface coating for ceramics or porcelain
  2. [n]  the visual property of something that shines with reflected light
  3. [n]  a quality that outshines the usual

LUSTER is a 6 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: brilliancy, lustre, sheen, shininess, splendor, splendour
 See Also: brightness, effulgence, glaze, radiance, radiancy, refulgence, refulgency, shine



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Lust"er\, n.
    One who lusts.
  2. \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.
    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.
  3. \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.
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