Pronunciation: (brīt'nis), [key]
1. the quality of being bright.
2. Optics.the luminance of a body, apart from its hue or saturation, that an observer uses to determine the comparative luminance of another body. Pure white has the maximum brightness, and pure black the minimum brightness.
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