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Shining definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SHI'NING, ppr.
1. Emitting light; beaming; gleaming.
2. a. Bright; splendid; radiant.
3. Illustrious; distinguished; conspicuous; as a shining example of charity.
SHI'NING, n. Effusion or clearness of light; brightness.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: marked by exceptional merit; "had shining virtues and few faults"; "a shining example"
2: made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow; "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" [syn: bright, burnished, lustrous, shining, shiny]
3: reflecting light; "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" [syn: glistening, glossy, lustrous, sheeny, shiny, shining] n
1: 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" [syn: shining, polishing]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: before 12th century 1. emitting or reflecting light 2. bright and often splendid in appearance ; resplendent 3. possessing a distinguished quality ; illustrious 4. full of sunshine

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Shine Shine, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Shone (? or ?; 277) (archaic Shined); p. pr. & vb. n. Shining.] [OE. shinen, schinen, AS. sc[=i]nan; akin to D. schijnen, OFries. sk[=i]na, OS. & OHG. sc[=i]nan, G. scheinen, Icel. sk[=i]na, Sw. skina, Dan. skinne, Goth. skeinan, and perh. to Gr. ??? shadow. [root]157. Cf. Sheer pure, and Shimmer.] 1. To emit rays of light; to give light; to beam with steady radiance; to exhibit brightness or splendor; as, the sun shines by day; the moon shines by night. Hyperion's quickening fire doth shine. --Shak. God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Cghrist. --2 Cor. iv. 6. Let thine eyes shine forth in their full luster. --Denham. 2. To be bright by reflection of light; to gleam; to be glossy; as, to shine like polished silver. 3. To be effulgent in splendor or beauty. ``So proud she shined in her princely state.'' --Spenser. Once brightest shined this child of heat and air. --Pope. 4. To be eminent, conspicuous, or distinguished; to exhibit brilliant intellectual powers; as, to shine in courts; to shine in conversation. Few are qualified to shine in company; but it in most men's power to be agreeable. --Swift. To make, or cause, the face to shine upon, to be propitious to; to be gracious to. --Num. vi. 25.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Shining Shin"ing, n. Emission or reflection of light.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Shining Shin"ing, a. 1. Emitting light, esp. in a continuous manner; radiant; as, shining lamps; also, bright by the reflection of light; as, shining armor. ``Fish . . . with their fins and shining scales.'' --Milton. 2. Splendid; illustrious; brilliant; distinguished; conspicious; as, a shining example of charity. 3. 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. Usage: 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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

A shining achievement or quality is a very good one which should be greatly admired. She is a shining example to us all... ADJ see also shine

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Beaming, gleaming. 2. Radiant, bright, splendid, glistening, lustrous, brilliant, glittering, resplendent, effulgent, glowing, lucid, luminous. 3. Illustrious, splendid, conspicuous, distinguished.

Moby Thesaurus

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