A clever thought or plan. For example, John had a bright idea for saving space—we would each have a terminal but share the printer. This term uses bright in the sense of “intelligent” or “quick-witted” and may be employed either straightforwardly, as in the example above, or ironically, as in Jumping in the pool with your clothes on—that was some bright idea. [ Late 1800s ]
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(of rules, standards, etc.) unambiguously clear: This muddies the waters of what should be a brightline rule. Physical Chemistry, brightline spectrum.
the spectrum of an incandescent substance appearing on a spectrogram as one or more bright lines against a dark background.
the wool of sheep raised east of the Mississippi River.