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  • noun Plural form of brightening.


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  • Although it hasn't exploded as a supernova yet, its history has seen some pronounced brightenings.

    Probing the Explosive History of Eta Car | Universe Today 2010

  • I've had Derma microdermabrasion and the brightenings (ph), but this is the first time I've ever tried poop.

    CNN Transcript Jun 10, 2008 2008

  • I've had Derma Microdermabrasions and the brightenings but this is the first time I've ever tried poop.

    CNN Transcript Jun 10, 2008 2008

  • Observations made at the observatory of the British Association, detected, in 1850, sudden brightenings of the light, altogether different from pulsations.

    Outlines of a Mechanical Theory of Storms Containing the True Law of Lunar Influence T. Bassnett

  • There were intervals when life, like the flicker of an expiring lamp, appeared successfully struggling with death; but these occasional brightenings were always succeeded by a more entire prostration and languor.

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851 Various

  • A vain man might have fancied that she was singing at him, and that the by-play of her song – the sudden eye-brightenings, the little twists of her mouth, the head gestures, were for his particular benefit.

    Lady Bridget in the Never-Never Land 1915

  • As these brightenings almost invariably coincided with the first rumbling of a train far down the line that glimmered beneath red lamps and green, leading from the north out of the gathered dusk, it seemed as though the cheering prospect came from thence.

    The Prodigal Father 1907

  • The night quivered with mighty energies -- strange brightenings flashed before his eyes.

    Fate Knocks at the Door A Novel Will Levington Comfort 1905

  • Smithsonian Institute turned over to me, my throat choked; something sang all around; the years I had hated put on strange brightenings.

    Child and Country A Book of the Younger Generation Will Levington Comfort 1905

  • And first the swallows, that had looked as if they would never stay their hunting, ceased; and the light, that had seemed fastened above the world, for all its last brightenings, slowly fell wingless and dusky.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works John Galsworthy 1900


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