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shine

 (shīn)
v. shone (shōn) or shined, shin·ing, shines
v.intr.
1. To emit light.
2. To reflect light; glint or glisten.
3. To distinguish oneself in an activity or a field; excel.
4. To be immediately apparent: Delight shone in her eyes.
v.tr.
1. To aim or cast the beam or glow of (a light).
2. past tense and past participle shined To make glossy or bright by polishing.
n.
1. Brightness from a source of light; radiance.
2. Brightness from reflected light; luster.
3. A shoeshine.
4. Excellence in quality or appearance; splendor.
5. Fair weather: rain or shine.
6. shines Informal Pranks or tricks.
7. Slang Whiskey; moonshine.
8. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a black person.
Idioms:
shine up to Informal
To try to impress or please: shined up to the boss, hoping to get a raise.
take a shine to Informal
To like spontaneously.

[Middle English shinen, from Old English scīnan.]
Usage Note: The verb shine has two different past tenses, shined and shone, and these forms also function as past participles. By tradition, the past tense and past participle shone is used when the verb is intransitive and means "to emit light, be luminous": The full moon shone over the field. The form shined, on the other hand, is normally used when the verb is transitive and means "to direct (a beam of light)" or "to polish," as in He shined his flashlight down the dark staircase or The butler shined the silver. In our 2008 survey, the Usage Panel found both forms acceptable in transitive literal use (shone/shined the light) and in figurative intransitive use (Carolyn always shined/shone at ribbon-cutting ceremonies), but a larger majority preferred the traditional usages (shined the light; shone at ceremonies) over the nontraditional ones, so maintaining the traditional distinction remains a sensible practice.

shining

(ˈʃaɪnɪŋ)
adj
used to say that an achievement or quality is a very good one which should be greatly admired; outstandingvery bright and clear due to reflecting light; gleaming

shin•ing

(ˈʃaɪ nɪŋ)

adj.
1. radiant; gleaming.
2. resplendent; brilliant.
3. conspicuously fine.
[before 900]
shin′ing•ly, adv.

Shining

 

See Also: BRIGHTNESS, GLITTER AND GLOSS

  1. Gleamed like dogs’ eyes in a car’s headlights —Frank Swinnerton
  2. [A ballroom] polished like a skull —Lawrence Durrell
  3. (Her face could) shine as a sack of apples —Wallace Whatley
  4. Shine like a tear —Yocheved Bat-Miriam
  5. [Hands] shine like old wood —Philip Levine
  6. (A pool) shines, like a bracelet shaken in a dance —Wallace Stevens
  7. Shines like a glowworm —Robert Penn Warren
  8. Shines like a rhinestone in a trashcan —Nora Ephron reviewing a Jaqueline Susann novel within its context as a roman a clef
  9. (Say to the court it glows and) shines like rotten wood —Sir Walter Raleigh
  10. Shining and clear as white stones in a brook —George Garrett
  11. [A table] shining like a pair of shoes —Shelby Hearon
  12. [A room] shining like holiness —Jessamyn West
  13. (Eyes) shining like the icing on a cake —Scott Spencer
  14. Shone [the city in the light] as dazzling bright and pretty as money that you find in a dream of finding money —Edna St. Vincent Millay
  15. Shone darkly, like water before a storm —Donald Seaman
  16. Shone like a brand-new quarter —Karl Shapiro
  17. Shone … like a cloud of lightning bugs —Eudora Welty
  18. Shone like a meteor streaming in the wind —John Milton
  19. Shone like patent leather —Rita Mae Brown
  20. (The rails) shone like quicksilver —John Yount
  21. (Her black, oiled hair) shone like a river under the moon —Colette
  22. (Porch-slats) shone like sculpture —Alan Williamson
  23. Sparkle like wedding cakes —Graham Swift

    In Swift’s novel, The Sweet-Shop Owner, the comparison refers the effects of the sun’s rays on graves.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shining - the work of making something smooth and shiny by rubbing or waxing itshining - 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"
work - activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
shoeshine - the act of shining shoes; "he charged a dollar for a shoeshine"
Adj.1.shining - marked by exceptional merit; "had shining virtues and few faults"; "a shining example"
superior - of high or superior quality or performance; "superior wisdom derived from experience"; "superior math students"
2.shining - made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbingshining - 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"
polished - perfected or made shiny and smooth; "his polished prose"; "in a freshly ironed dress and polished shoes"; "freshly polished silver"
3.shining - reflecting lightshining - 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"
bright - emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts; "the sun was bright and hot"; "a bright sunlit room"

shining

shining

adjective
Having a high, radiant sheen:
Translations
blyštivý
skinnende
skínandi
blýskavý

shining

[ˈʃaɪnɪŋ] ADJ [surface, light] → brillante; [face] → radiante; [hair] → brillante, lustroso; [eyes] → brillante, chispeante
a shining exampleun ejemplo perfecto

shining

[ˈʃaɪnɪŋ] adj
(= gleaming) [eyes, hair, face, metal] → brillant(e)
(= outstanding) [success] → éclatant(e)
a shining example to sb → un modèle pour qn

shining

adj (lit, fig)leuchtend; lightstrahlend; metal, paint, hairglänzend; carblitzend, blitzblank; a shining light (fig)eine Leuchte; shining whiteleuchtend or strahlend weiß; he’s my knight in shining armour (Brit) or armor (US) → er ist mein Märchenprinz

shining

[ˈʃaɪnɪŋ] adj (surface, hair) → lucente; (light) → brillante; (eyes) → splendente
a shining example (fig) → un fulgido esempio

shine

(ʃain) past tense, past participle shone (ʃon, (American) ʃoun) verb
1. to (cause to) give out light; to direct such light towards someone or something. The light shone from the window; The policeman shone his torch; He shone a torch on the body.
2. to be bright. She polished the silver till it shone.
3. (past tense, past participle shined) to polish. He tries to make a living by shining shoes.
4. (often with at) to be very good (at something). He shines at games; You really shone in yesterday's match.
noun
1. brightness; the state of being well polished. He likes a good shine on his shoes; a ray of sunshine.
2. an act of polishing. I'll just give my shoes a shine.
ˈshining adjective
very bright and clear; producing or reflecting light; polished. a shining star; The windows were clean and shining.
ˈshiny adjective
glossy; reflecting light; polished. a shiny cover on a book; a shiny nose; shiny shoes.
ˈshininess noun
References in classic literature ?
Tell on, please," he said, taking his face out of the sofa cushion, red and shining with merriment.
At the end of a year he had stopped writing letters, and only once in a long time, when he was lonely or when he went into one of the city parks and saw the moon shining on the grass as it had shone that night on the meadow by Wine Creek, did he think of her at all.
Enough now to show you an old map I found, or, rather, a copy of it, and some of the papers that tell of the idol," and he spread out his packet of papers on the table in front of him, his eyes shining with excitement and pleasure.
Some of the cottonwoods had already turned, and the yellow leaves and shining white bark made them look like the gold and silver trees in fairy tales.
She missed him the days when some pretext served to take him away from her, just as one misses the sun on a cloudy day without having thought much about the sun when it was shining.
The tresses of this lady were shining and black, like the plumage of the raven.
But now let's improve the shining hours by going to sleep, and talk about it in the morning
The Kearney brothers had divided a suit between them, the elder wearing a tightly-fitting, single-breasted blue frock-coat and a pair of pink striped cotton trousers, while the younger candidly displayed the trousers of his brother's suit, as a harmonious change to a shining black alpaca coat and crimson neckerchief.
Now and then a maid-servant, neatly dressed, and now the shining sable face of a slave, might be seen bustling across the windows, in the lower part of the house.
So magnificent was the small figure when thus arrayed, and such was the splendour of Pearl's own proper beauty, shining through the gorgeous robes which might have extinguished a paler loveliness, that there was an absolute circle of radiance around her on the darksome cottage floor.
He was the admiration of all the negroes; who, having gathered, of all ages and sizes, from the farm and the neighborhood, stood forming a pyramid of shining black faces at every door and window; gazing with delight at the scene; rolling their white eye-balls, and showing grinning rows of ivory from ear to ear.
So I see her still, so I see her best: facing the flame from her straight chair in the dusky, shining room, a large clean image of the "put away"-- of drawers closed and locked and rest without a remedy.