shining Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun the work of making something smooth and shiny by rubbing or waxing it
- the shining of shoes provided a meager living
- every Sunday he gave his car a good polishing
verb be bright by reflecting or casting light
- Drive carefully--the wet road reflects
verb emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light
- The sun shone bright that day
- The fire beamed on their faces
verb be shiny, as if wet
shine; glint; glitter; glisten; gleam.
- His eyes were glistening
verb be distinguished or eminent
- His talent shines
verb be clear and obvious
- A shining example
verb have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink
shine; beam; radiate; glow.
- Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna
verb throw or flash the light of (a lamp)
- Shine the light on that window, please
verb touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly
shine; strike; fall.
- Light fell on her face
- The sun shone on the fields
- The light struck the golden necklace
- A strange sound struck my ears
verb experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion
shine; beam; radiate; glow.
- She was beaming with joy
- Her face radiated with happiness
verb make (a surface) shine
shine; polish; smooth; smoothen.
- shine the silver, please
- polish my shoes
verb climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
shin; shinny; skin; sputter; clamber; scramble; struggle.
adjective satellite marked by exceptional merit
- had shining virtues and few faults
- a shining example
adjective satellite made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow
bright; burnished; shiny; lustrous.
- bright silver candlesticks
- a burnished brass knocker
- she brushed her hair until it fell in lustrous auburn waves
- rows of shining glasses
- shiny black patents
adjective satellite reflecting light
lustrous; glistening; sheeny; glossy; shiny.
- glistening bodies of swimmers
- the horse's glossy coat
- lustrous auburn hair
- saw the moon like a shiny dime on a deep blue velvet carpet
- shining white enamel
Emitting light, esp. in a continuous manner; radiant;"Fish . . . with their fins and shining scales." Milton. as,; also, bright by the reflection of light; shininglamps as,. shiningarmor
Splendid; illustrious; brilliant; distinguished; conspicious; as, a. shiningexample of charity
Having the surface smooth and polished; -- said of leaves, the surfaces of shells, etc. Syn. -- Glistening; bright; radiant; resplendent; effulgent; lustrous; brilliant; glittering; splendid; illustrious. -- Shining, Brilliant, Sparking. Shining describes the steady emission of a strong light, or the steady reflection of light from a clear or polished surface. Brilliant denotes a shining of great brightness, but with gleams or flashes. Sparkling implies a fitful, intense shining from radiant points or sparks, by which the eye is dazzled. The same distinctions obtain when these epithets are figuratively applied. A man of shining talents is made conspicious by possessing them; if they flash upon the mind with a peculiarly striking effect, we call them brilliant; if his brilliancy is marked by great vivacity and occasional intensity, he is sparkling.
True paradise . . . inclosed with shining rock. Milton.
Some in a brilliant buckle bind her waist, Some round her neck a circling light display. Gay.
His sparkling blade about his head he blest. Spenser.
Emission or reflection of light.
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