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  • adj. Emitting light.
  • adj. Reflecting light.
  • adj. Having a high polish or sheen.
  • adj. Having exceptional merit.
  • v. Present participle of shine.
  • n. A bright emission of light; a gleam.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Emitting light, esp. in a continuous manner; radiant; ; also, bright by the reflection of light.
  • adj. Splendid; illustrious; brilliant; distinguished; conspicious.
  • adj. Having the surface smooth and polished; -- said of leaves, the surfaces of shells, etc.
  • n. Emission or reflection of light.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Emitting or reflecting light; bright; gleaming; glowing; radiant; lustrous; polished; glossy.
  • Splendid; illustrious; distinguished; conspicuous; notable: as, a shining example of charity.
  • Synonyms Resplendent, effulgent, brilliant, luminous. See shine, intransitive verb
  • n. Brightness; effulgence; light; sheen.
  • n. Lightning.
  • n. An effort to eclipse others or to be conspicuous; ostentatious display.
  • n. The hunting of deer by attracting them with fire by night; jack-hunting. See to shine deer, under shine.

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

  • adj. made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow
  • adj. marked by exceptional merit
  • adj. reflecting light
  • n. the work of making something smooth and shiny by rubbing or waxing it


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