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Definitions for radiant
ˈreɪ di əntra·di·ant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beaming, beamy, effulgent, radiant, refulgentadjective

    radiating or as if radiating light

    "the beaming sun"; "the effulgent daffodils"; "a radiant sunrise"; "a refulgent sunset"


  1. radiantnoun

    A point source from which radiation is emitted.

  2. radiantnoun

    The apparent origin, in the night sky, of a meteor shower.

  3. radiantadjective

    Radiating light and/or heat.

  4. radiantadjective

    Emitted as radiation.

  5. radiantadjective

    Bright, glowing or filled with light.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Radiantadjective

    Shining; brightly sparkling; emitting rays.

    Etymology: radians, Lat.

    There was a sun of gold radiant upon the top, and before, a small cherub of gold with wings displayed. Francis Bacon.

    Mark what radiant state she spreads,
    In circle round her shining throne,
    Shooting her beams like silver threads,
    This, this is she alone. John Milton, Arcades.

    Virtue could see to do what virtue would
    By her own radiant light, though sun and moon
    Were in the flat sea sunk. John Milton.

    I see the warlike host of heaven,
    Radiant in glitt’ring arms and beamy pride,
    Go forth to succour truth below. John Milton.


  1. Radiant

    Radiant is a 2018 Japanese anime series based on French author Tony Valente's comic book series Radiant, which is published in Japan by Asukashinsha. It follows the main protagonist, Seth, as he looks for the legendary Radiant in order to defeat creatures called Nemesis. The series is directed by Seiji Kishi and Daisei Fukuoka, and written by Makoto Uezu, with animation by studio Lerche. Character designs for the series are produced by Nozomi Kawano, and Masato Koda is composing the series' music. The opening theme song is "Utopia" by 04 Limited Sazabys. The ending theme song is "Radiant" by Polkadot Stingray. The 21-episode anime series aired on NHK Educational TV from October 6, 2018 to February 23, 2019. It is based on volumes 1 through 4 of the comic. The series is simulcast by Crunchyroll, with Funimation producing an English dub as it airs. In the season finale, a 21-episode second season has been announced. It premiered on October 2, 2019. The second season's opening theme song is "Naraku" by Halo at Yojohan, while the ending theme song is "Chitto mo Shiranakatta" by Emi Nakamura.


  1. radiant

    Radiant is an adjective that refers to the emission or transmission of energy in the form of rays or waves, particularly with light or heat. It also describes someone or something that shines or glows brightly. Furthermore, it can refer to genuine happiness or beauty that is emanating from within a person.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Radiantadjective

    emitting or proceeding as from a center; resembling rays; radiating; radiate

  2. Radiantadjective

    especially, emitting or darting rays of light or heat; issuing in beams or rays; beaming with brightness; emitting a vivid light or splendor; as, the radiant sun

  3. Radiantadjective

    beaming with vivacity and happiness; as, a radiant face

  4. Radiantadjective

    giving off rays; -- said of a bearing; as, the sun radiant; a crown radiant

  5. Radiantadjective

    having a raylike appearance, as the large marginal flowers of certain umbelliferous plants; -- said also of the cluster which has such marginal flowers

  6. Radiantnoun

    the luminous point or object from which light emanates; also, a body radiating light brightly

  7. Radiantnoun

    a straight line proceeding from a given point, or fixed pole, about which it is conceived to revolve

  8. Radiantnoun

    the point in the heavens at which the apparent paths of shooting stars meet, when traced backward, or whence they appear to radiate

  9. Etymology: [L. radians, -antis, p. pr. of radiare to emit rays or beams, fr. radius ray: cf. F. radiant. See Radius, Ray a divergent line.]


  1. Radiant

    The radiant or apparent radiant of a meteor shower is the point in the sky, from which meteors appear to originate. The Perseids, for example, are meteors which appear to come from a point within the constellation of Perseus. An observer might see such a meteor anywhere in the sky but the direction of motion, when traced back, will point to the radiant. A meteor that does not point back to the known radiant for a given shower is known as a sporadic and is not considered part of that shower. Many showers have a radiant point that changes position during the interval when it appears. For example, the radiant point for the Delta Aurigids drifts by more than a degree per night.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Radiant

    rā′di-ant, adj. emitting rays of light or heat: issuing in rays: beaming with light: shining: (her.) edged with rays.—n. (opt.) the luminous point from which light emanates: (astron.) the centre point from which meteoric showers proceed: (geom.) a straight line from a point about which it is conceived to revolve.—ns. Rā′diance, Rā′diancy, quality of being radiant: brilliancy: splendour.—adv. Rā′diantly.—adj. Rā′dious (obs.), radiant.—Radiant energy, energy in the form of light or radiant heat; Radiant heat, heat proceeding in rays or direct lines from a centre. [L. radians, -antis, pr.p. of radiāre, -ātum, to radiate—radius.]

Editors Contribution

  1. radiant

    Emitting light.

    Her husbands face was so radiant and her eyes sparkled wide with delight.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 4, 2020  

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Anagrams for radiant »

  1. anti-rad

  2. antirad

  3. intrada

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of radiant in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of radiant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of radiant in a Sentence

  1. Jean Baudrillard:

    The local is a shabby thing. There's nothing worse than bringing us back down to our own little corner, our own territory, the radiant promiscuity of the face to face. A culture which has taken the risk of the universal, must perish by the universal.

  2. Kate Beckinsale:

    My mum’s voice is in my head, very loud, at all times. My mum wouldn’t even get a facial, she is suspicious of anything like that, and looks f-----g radiant and amazing. I know if I did do Botox, I’d be the one that would get the droopy eye, and my mum would go, ‘I f-----g told you! See? You should never do that.’.

  3. Russian President Vladimir Putin:

    There is no doubt that we will properly overcome the challenges that have confronted us, our people often say: God helps those who help themselves. And that is how were acting. But on this radiant holiday of Christs resurrection, I would still like to say: All will be well, with Gods help.

  4. Sigmund Freud:

    What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.

  5. Rosa de Winter-Levy:

    ‘I saw Anne Frank and Peter van Pels in Westerbork. They were always together. (…) In Westerbork Anne was lovely, so radiant that her beauty flowed over into Peter. (…) Perhaps it’s not the right expression to say that her eyes were radiant. But they had a glow, if you know what I mean. And her movements, her looks, had such a lilt to them that I often asked myself: Can she possibly be happy? She was happy in Westerbork, though that seems almost incredible.’

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