1. of surpassing excellence;
- Example: "a brilliant performance"
- Example: "a superb actor"
[syn: brilliant, superb]
2. having or marked by unusual and impressive intelligence;
- Example: "some men dislike brainy women"
- Example: "a brilliant mind"
- Example: "a brilliant solution to the problem"
[syn: brainy, brilliant, smart as a whip]
3. characterized by grandeur;
- Example: "the brilliant court life at Versailles"
- Example: "a glorious work of art"
- Example: "magnificent cathedrals"
- Example: "the splendid coronation ceremony"
[syn: brilliant, glorious, magnificent, splendid]
4. having striking color;
- Example: "bright dress"
- Example: "brilliant tapestries"
- Example: "a bird with vivid plumage"
[syn: bright, brilliant, vivid]
5. full of light; shining intensely;
- Example: "a brilliant star"
- Example: "brilliant chandeliers"
6. clear and sharp and ringing;
- Example: "the bright sound of the trumpet section"
- Example: "the brilliant sound of the trumpets"
[syn: bright, brilliant]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Brilliant \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. [1913 Webster] 2. Distinguished by qualities which excite admiration; splendid; shining; as, brilliant talents. [1913 Webster] Washington was more solicitous to avoid fatal mistakes than to perform brilliant exploits. --Fisher Ames. [1913 Webster] 3. Exceedingly intelligent, or of distinguished accomplishment in a field; -- as, a brilliant chemist. [PJC] Syn: See Shining. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Brilliant \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. [1913 Webster] This snuffbox -- on the hinge see brilliants shine. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. (Print.) The smallest size of type used in England printing. [1913 Webster] Note: This line is printed in the type called Brilliant. [1913 Webster] 3. A kind of cotton goods, figured on the weaving. [1913 Webster]The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (17 December 2009):
Brilliant 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.U.S. Gazetteer (1990):
Brilliant, AL (town, FIPS 9424) Location: 34.01672 N, 87.77581 W Population (1990): 751 (366 housing units) Area: 7.8 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 35548 Brilliant, OH (village, FIPS 8812) Location: 40.26850 N, 80.62490 W Population (1990): 1672 (695 housing units) Area: 2.5 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 43913Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
187 Moby Thesaurus words for "brilliant": Attic, Daedalian, able, accomplished, adept, adroit, apt, artistic, authoritative, beaming, beautiful, bedazzling, biting, blinding, blooming, brainy, bravura, bright, bright and shining, bright-hued, brim, brink, burning, celebrated, charismatic, clean, clever, colorful, colory, competent, coordinated, coruscating, crack, crackerjack, creative, cunning, cute, daedal, dazzling, deep-colored, deft, devastating, dexterous, dextrous, diplomatic, discerning, distinguished, divine, droll, edge, effulgent, eminent, enlightened, erudite, excellent, exceptional, exotic, expert, facetious, famous, fancy, flamboyant, flaming, fringe, fulgent, fulgid, funny, garish, gay, gay-colored, gifted, glamorous, glaring, glary, glittering, glorious, glowing, good, goodish, gorgeous, graceful, handy, heavenly, hem, high-colored, humorous, humorsome, illustrious, imaginative, incandescent, ingenious, intelligent, intense, jesting, jocose, jocular, joking, joky, joshing, keen, keen-witted, killing, knowing, knowledgeable, lambent, learned, lucent, luminous, lustrous, magic, magisterial, magnificent, margin, masterful, masterly, mordant, neat, nimble, nimble-witted, no dumbbell, no mean, not born yesterday, noted, numinous, outstanding, perimeter, periphery, pointed, politic, professional, proficient, prominent, pungent, quick, quick-thinking, quick-witted, quite some, radiant, rapier-like, raving, ravishing, ready, refulgent, remarkable, renowned, resourceful, resplendent, rich, rich-colored, sage, salt, salty, scintillating, sharp, sharp-witted, shining, skillful, skirt, slick, smart, some, sparkling, splendent, splendid, splendorous, splendrous, sprightly, statesmanlike, steel-trap, striking, stunning, stylish, sublime, superb, tactful, talented, the compleat, the complete, twinkling, verge, virtuoso, vivid, well-done, whimsical, wise, witty, workmanlike