Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A momentary flash of light; a sparkle.
  • n. A faint or fleeting indication; a trace.
  • intransitive v. To gleam or flash briefly. See Synonyms at flash.
  • transitive v. To cause to gleam or flash.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. short flash of light
  • v. to flash briefly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A glimpse, glance, or gleam.
  • transitive v. To glance; to peep forth, as a flower from the bud; to glitter.
  • transitive v. To glance; to turn.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To shine; gleam; glance; show suddenly, as a gleam of light or a flash of lightning, or an objeet appearing and disappearing.
  • To glance; turn the eyes.
  • To glance aside; pass by.
  • To pass quickly or suddenly, like a gleam of light.
  • To reflect in glints or flashes.
  • To cast; throw; put aside.
  • Slippery.
  • n. A gleam; a shimmer of light, as through a chink; a flash, as of lightning.
  • n. A glimpse; a momentary view.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. throw a glance at; take a brief look at
  • n. a spatially localized brightness
  • v. be shiny, as if wet
  • n. a momentary flash of light

Etymologies

Middle English glent, of Scandinavian origin; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • And they are almost all powered by solar panels which glint from the walls and rooftops wherever you look.

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  • There's a certain glint to your eyes, Naomi -- and when your voice gets kind of quiet, well, watch out.

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  • Tyler Robinson hopes "glint" - the effect seen when light is reflected from an ocean's surface - may reveal the presence of Earth-like planets beyond our cosmic neighbourhood.

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  • The glint is the same; the twinkle in the eye of the giver is the same; the cost is a little less, but these are diamonds with a difference.

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  • Tony Curtis (sword glint of light off teeth) and Natalie Wood, beautiful in white tulle (lungs not yet waterlogged) in heady love.

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  • Among a dozen other things which flashed through his kindling brain he recalled the glint of what now he knew was mockery brightening the pale eyes of the chairman as the door closed behind him.

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  • You may recall the glint of joy in that bully's eyes way back when.

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  • The cartoon characters on the back of my cereal box have a "glint" in their eyes, but I'm pretty sure there isn't an actual cartoon character sticking his head through the box.

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  • The "glint" in the eyes could easily be a bit of white paint.

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  • "The Palace is quite remarkable," said Ancar, a kind of glint in his eye that Talia didn't understand and didn't at all like.

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