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binocular Tweet Definition of binocular Like Definition of binocular on Facebook
adjective
  1. Using two eyes or viewpoints; especially, using two eyes or viewpoints to ascertain distance.
birefringence Tweet Definition of birefringence Like Definition of birefringence on Facebook
noun
  1. (physics) the splitting of a ray of light into two parallel rays of perpendicular polarization by passage through an optically anisotropic medium
bloom Tweet Definition of bloom Like Definition of bloom on Facebook
noun
  1. A blossom; the flower of a plant; an expanded bud.
  2. Flowers, collectively.
  3. (uncountable) The opening of flowers in general; the state of blossoming or of having the flowers open.
The cherry trees are in bloom.
  1. A state or time of beauty, freshness, and vigor/vigour; an opening to higher perfection, analogous to that of buds into blossoms.
the bloom of youth
  1. The delicate, powdery coating upon certain growing or newly-gathered fruits or leaves, as on grapes, plums, etc.
  2. Anything giving an appearance of attractive freshness.
  3. The clouded appearance which varnish sometimes takes upon the surface of a picture.
  4. A yellowish deposit or powdery coating which appears on well-tanned leather. (Knight.)
  5. (mineralogy) A popular term for a bright-hued variety of some minerals.
the rose-red cobalt bloom
  1. A white area of cocoa butter that forms on the surface of chocolate when warmed and cooled.
borescope Tweet Definition of borescope Like Definition of borescope on Facebook
noun
  1. An optical instrument used for seeing inside tight spaces, consisting of a rigid or flexible tube with an optical relay inside so that the view through a lens or window at one end of the tube may be seen from a lens or eyepiece in the opposite end of the tube.
brightness Tweet Definition of brightness Like Definition of brightness on Facebook
noun
  1. the quality of being bright
  2. the perception elicited by the luminance of an object
  3. intelligence, cleverness
brilliance Tweet Definition of brilliance Like Definition of brilliance on Facebook
noun
  1. The quality of being exceptionally effulgent (giving off light).
  2. The quality of having extraordinary mental capacity.
    1. (context, mostly, _, UK) magnificence, Magnificence; resplendence.

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