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English Dictionary: Luster by the DICT Development Group
4 results for Luster
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a quality that outshines the usual [syn: luster, lustre, brilliancy, splendor, splendour]
  2. the visual property of something that shines with reflected light
    Synonym(s): shininess, sheen, luster, lustre
  3. a surface coating for ceramics or porcelain
    Synonym(s): luster, lustre
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 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.
      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.
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