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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 ?
Oh, this is the hostility of light to the shining one: unpityingly doth it pursue its course.
Immovable she stands Before the shining mirror of her charms And, gazing on their beauty, lets the years Slip into centuries past her.
A sweet fragrance was smelt, and the maidens vanished in the wood; the fragrance grew stronger--three coffins, and in them three lovely maidens, glided out of the forest and across the lake: the shining glow-worms flew around like little floating lights.
Then high above, on shining wings, soared a little form.
Now when Anchises saw her, he marked her well and wondered at her mien and height and shining garments.
They had shining buckles at the knees of their small-clothes, and buckles likewise in their shoes.
The sun, just bursting forth from behind a cloud that had concealed it, was shining, with rays still half broken by the clouds, over the roofs of the street opposite, on the dew-besprinkled dust of the road, on the walls of the houses, on the windows, the fence, and on Pierre's horses standing before the hut.
Hand-in-hand, shining in their unearthly brightness through the bright moonlight itself, the two stood before me.
I can see her shining in the sky through the little window by my desk, and tonight she seems calling to me again as she has not called before since that long dead night, and I think I can see, across that awful abyss of space, a beautiful black-haired woman standing in the garden of a palace, and at her side is a little boy who puts his arm around her as she points into the sky toward the planet Earth, while at their feet is a huge and hideous creature with a heart of gold.
Slowly the priest ascended the steps and placed his shining sun on the lace cloth.
They had therefore no sooner finished their tea than Sophia proposed to set out, the moon then shining extremely bright, and as for the frost she defied it; nor had she any of those apprehensions which many young ladies would have felt at travelling by night; for she had, as we have before observed, some little degree of natural courage; and this, her present sensations, which bordered somewhat on despair, greatly encreased.
Because I shall wear shining armor and gauntlets of steel, like the other white princes, and ride on a horse.