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brightness (n.)
Old English beorhtnes "brightness, clearness, splendor, beauty;" see bright + -ness.
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refurbish (v.)

"to polish (something) up," 1610s, from re- "again" + furbish "rub or scour to brightness; renew the glory or brightness of," on model of French refourbir. Related: Refurbished; refurbishing; refurbishment.

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lucidity (n.)
1650s, "brightness," from French lucidité, from Late Latin luciditas, from Latin lucidus "light, bright, clear," from lucere "to shine," from PIE *louk-eyo-, suffixed (iterative) form of root *leuk- "light, brightness." Meaning "intellectual clarity, transparency of expression" is by 1851.
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clarity (n.)

c. 1300, clarte, clerte "brightness, radiance; glory, splendor," from Old French clerte, clartet (Modern French clarté) "clarity, brightness," from Latin claritas "brightness, splendor," also, of sounds, "clearness;" figuratively "celebrity, renown, fame," from clarare "make clear," from clarus "clear" (see clear (adj.)).

Modern form is first attested early 15c., perhaps a reborrowing directly from Latin. Original senses are obsolete; meaning "clearness" (of color, judgment, style, etc.) is from mid-15c.

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lux (n.)
unit of illumination, 1889, from Latin lux "light," from PIE root *leuk- "light, brightness."
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clearness (n.)

c. 1300, "state or quality of being clear, brightness," from clear (adj.) + -ness.

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lucency (n.)
"brightness, luster, luminosity," 1650s, from lucent + abstract noun suffix -cy. Lucence is from late 15c.
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gleam (n.)
Old English glæm "a brilliant light; brightness; splendor, radiance, beauty," from Proto-Germanic *glaimiz (source also of Old Saxon glimo "brightness;" Middle High German glim "spark," gleime "glow-worm;" German glimmen "to glimmer, glow;" Old Norse glja "to shine, glitter, glisten"), from PIE root *ghel- (2) "to shine."
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luminaire (n.)
electric lighting unit, 1921, a trade term, from French luminaire, from Old French luminarie "lamp, candle; brightness, illumination" (see luminary).
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dimmer (n.)

"one who or that which makes dim," 1822, agent noun from dim (v.). Of mechanisms for reducing the brightness of electric lights, from 1905.

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