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The interference that arises when an attempt is made to place a telephone call just as an incoming call is arriving; in the case of data transmission under the control of a computer, this can render the line or even the computer temporarily inoperative.
Discomfort produced in an observer by one or more visible sources of light. Also known as discomfort glare.
Visual disability caused by visible sources or areas of luminance which are in an observer's field of view but do not assist in viewing. Also known as disability glare.
Dazzling brightness of the atmosphere, caused by excessive reflection and scattering of light by particles in the line of sight.


A state that reduces the ability to perceive the visual information needed for a particular activity. It arises when some parts of the visual field are much brighter than their surroundings.

blinding glare

So intense that for an appreciable length of time after it has been removed, no visual perception is possible.

discomfort glare

Glare that is distracting or uncomfortable, interfering with the perception of visual information required to satisfy biological needs, it does not significantly reduce the ability to see information needed for activities.

direct glare

Results from high luminances directly visible from a viewer’s position.

disability glare

Reduces the ability to perceive the visual information needed for a particular activity.

reflected glare

The reflection of incident light that partially or totally obscures the surface details by reducing the contrast on a surface.


The sensation produced by brightnesses within the visual field that are sufficiently greater than the luminance to which the eyes are adapted to cause annoyance, discomfort, or loss in visual performance and visibility.
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This, he said, was most glaringly reflected in the mayhem and the spilling of Muslims' blood by the Muslims.
My current favourite thing on there is @Pippatips–a spoof account by someone pretending to be Prince William's pretending to Prince William's sister–in–law and giving po–faced, glaringly obvious advice clearly inspired by the real Pippa's book on how to throw a party.
Roll up, a cacophony of noise Mechanical bells, electric buzzers, the clatter of the pinball, Distorted screeching of rock and roll 50s style, Glaringly lit in all corners and overhead, rattling scoreboards, Grotesque calligraphic signs, as tumblers click, numbers roll, the laughter, Screams of girls, and crude exclamation of boys.
A surname like Lineker is glaringly obvious and in some places I think it would hold me back.
Such behaviour glaringly runs against the strategy of the incumbent Interior Ministry amid the sweeping changes in the wake of the January 25 revolution," added the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Summary: The sense of immediacy glaringly absent from the tentative talks to form a new Lebanese government is demonstrating that this country's political class fails to appreciate the crises threatening the Lebanese people from without and within.
I'm no fan of Mr Brown nor New Labour, but it seems glaringly obvious to me that a bona fide politician is required for the role, rather than a buffoon who once asked: "I can't remember what my line on drugs is.
It is glaringly obvious that the rest of the contestants apart from Katie and Simon who were/are ( in on the act players) were just making up the required numbers - unbeknown to them of course.
However, your story was glaringly void of the facts behind this medication: that Herceptin will cost about $45,000 per year for its full complement--well above the allowance by the HMO/Managed Care combined.
They were glaringly out of sync with realities students faced outside the classroom.
While the investigation techniques tend to be a bit pathetic, the findings are damning--the panel turns out to be a glaringly white and heterosexual group of "concerned parents," sometimes augmented by Catholic and Episcopal priests.