Shining vs Brightsome - What's the difference?

shining | brightsome |

As adjectives the difference between shining and brightsome

is that shining is emitting light while brightsome is (archaic) bright in appearance, shining.

As a verb shining

is .

As a noun shining

is a bright emission of light; a gleam.




(en adjective)
  • Emitting light.
  • *
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients, chapter=1 , passage='Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the sun was shining , and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.}}
  • Reflecting light.
  • Having a high polish or sheen.
  • Having exceptional merit.
  • Verb

  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • A bright emission of light; a gleam.
  • brightsome



    (en adjective)
  • (archaic) Bright in appearance, shining.
  • * , The Jew of Malta , act 2:
  • But rather let the brightsome heavens be dim,
    And nature's beauty choke with stifling clouds,
    Than my fair Abigail should frown on me.
  • * 1869 , , Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor , ch. 45:
  • [A]ll the shifts of cloud and sun, all the difference between black death and brightsome liveliness, scarcely may suggest or equal Lorna's transformation.
  • * 1922 , , "The Wood Fire" in Late Lyrics and Earlier :
  • This is a brightsome blaze you've lit good friend, to-night!
  • * 2008 , Paul S. Sunga, Red Dust, Red Sky , ISBN 9781550503708, p. 117:
  • The few chairs and the low table had been stripped of paint to reveal the brightsome grain of pine wood.

    Usage notes

    * The Oxford English Dictionary'' suggests that this is a less definite term than (bright), "leaving more to the imagination".''Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.


    * brilliant, luminous

    Derived terms

    * brightsomeness


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