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
- 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.
- 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.
- adj. Shining; sheen.
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.
- 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.
- Bright or shining; glittering.
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
A "shine" is always a negro, so called, possibly, from the high lights on his countenance.
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