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

  • intransitive v. To emit light.
  • intransitive v. To reflect light; glint or glisten.
  • intransitive v. To distinguish oneself in an activity or a field; excel.
  • intransitive v. To be immediately apparent: Delight shone in her eyes.
  • transitive v. To aim or cast the beam or glow of (a light).
  • transitive v. To make glossy or bright by polishing.
  • n. Brightness from a source of light; radiance.
  • n. Brightness from reflected light; luster.
  • n. A shoeshine.
  • n. Excellence in quality or appearance; splendor.
  • n. Fair weather: rain or shine.
  • n. Informal Pranks or tricks.
  • n. Slang Whiskey; moonshine.
  • n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a Black person.
  • idiom shine up to Informal To try to impress or please: shined up to the boss, hoping to get a raise.
  • idiom take a shine to Informal To like spontaneously.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To emit light.
  • v. To reflect light.
  • v. To distinguish oneself; to excel.
  • v. To be immediately apparent.
  • v. To create light with (a flashlight, lamp, torch, or similar).
  • n. Brightness from a source of light.
  • n. Brightness from reflected light.
  • n. Excellence in quality or appearance.
  • n. Shoeshine.
  • n. Sunshine.
  • n. Moonshine.
  • n. The amount of shininess on a cricket ball, or on each side of the ball.
  • v. To cause (something) to shine; put a shine on (something); polish (something).
  • v. To polish a cricket ball using saliva and one’s clothing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Shining; sheen.
  • n. The quality or state of shining; brightness; luster, gloss; polish; sheen.
  • n. Sunshine; fair weather.
  • n. A liking for a person; a fancy.
  • n. Caper; antic; row.
  • intransitive v. To emit rays of light; to give light; to beam with steady radiance; to exhibit brightness or splendor
  • intransitive v. To be bright by reflection of light; to gleam; to be glossy.
  • intransitive v. To be effulgent in splendor or beauty.
  • intransitive v. To be eminent, conspicuous, or distinguished; to exhibit brilliant intellectual powers.
  • transitive v. To cause to shine, as a light.
  • transitive v. To make bright; to cause to shine by reflected light.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To send forth or give out light or brightness, literally or figuratively: as, the sun shines by day, the moon by night.
  • To present a bright appearance; glow; gleam; glitter.
  • To beam forth; show itself clearly or conspicuously; be noticeably prominent or brilliant.
  • To excel; be eminent, distinguished, or conspicuous: as, to shine in society, or in conversation; to shine in letters.
  • To present a splendid or dazzling appearance; make a brave show.
  • Synonyms To radiate, glow. Shine differs from the words compared under glare, v., in that it generally stands for a steady radiation or emission of light. It is with different thoughts of the light of the fixed stars that we say that they shine, sparkle, gleam, or glitter.
  • To cause to shine.
  • Bright or shining; glittering.
  • n. Light; illumination.
  • n. Sunshine; hence, fair weather.
  • n. Sheen; brilliancy; luster; gloss.
  • n. Brightness; splendor; irradiation.
  • n. A fancy; liking: as, to take a shine to a person.
  • n. A disturbance; a row; a rumpus; a shindy.
  • n. A trick; a prank: as, to cut up shines.

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

  • n. the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
  • v. emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light
  • v. have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink
  • v. be shiny, as if wet
  • v. be bright by reflecting or casting light
  • v. experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion
  • v. throw or flash the light of (a lamp)
  • v. touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly
  • v. make (a surface) shine
  • v. be distinguished or eminent
  • v. be clear and obvious


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

Middle English shinen, from Old English scīnan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English schinen (preterite schon, past participle schinen), from Old English scīnan ("to shine, flash; be resplendent"; preterite scān, past participle scinen), from Proto-Germanic *skīnanan (“to shine”). Cognate with Dutch schijnen, German scheinen, Swedish skina.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the noun shine, or perhaps continuing Middle English schinen (preterite schinede, past participle schined), from Old English scīn ("brightness, shine"), and also Middle English schenen, from Old English scǣnan ("to render brilliant, make shine"), from Proto-Germanic *skainijanan, causitive of Proto-Germanic *skīnanan (“to shine”).



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