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  • n. the visual property of something shining with reflective light; shine
  • n. the coefficient of specular reflectivity associated with the surface of an object being displayed

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Shiny or glossy character or condition; luster; glossiness; sheen.

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

  • n. the visual property of something that shines with reflected light


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shiny +‎ -ness


  • The dual purpose also exists in the equation of shininess with impenetrability and completeness: this shininess is available to paintings through varnishing, and to textiles through the oiling or calendaring of cloths, or the use of glossy fibers.

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  • Whereas, the Assembly building has been created by people of such narrow and blinkered view that they seem to be mesmerised by the 'shininess' of their building.

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  • Ummm ... its pretty cool, as far as the 'shininess' factor goes.


  • The fruit bowl morphing into the surface is a logical progression of enhancing the shininess, typifying the forms seen in ceramics, and creating an interesting dialogue between the surfaces.

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  • Samsung's Galaxy Tablet was all over the convention, with its Android powered shininess, causing Apple fanboys to have more than a few stolen glances.

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  • But here large, color photographs by Richard Pare, executed over 15 years, show Russian avant-garde architecture in various states of use and disuse, shininess and dullness, and demonstrate that an architecture exhibit can be a beautiful thing to behold.

    Ideology Through Geometry

  • If you have oily skin or any shininess on the forehead and nose, follow the moisturizer with an anti-shine gel to provide a matte surface for the foundation.

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  • I like the way the wine looks, because it has to lie there so thickly, has a shininess to the deepest parts and sometimes you can see the crystals from the sugar.

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  • But also bigger and shinier necessary stuff --- Refrigerators, dish washers, clothes dryers, cars --- that by being bigger and shinier without bigness and shininess adding anything necessary to the machines 'basic functions turned into toys and gizmos.

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  • It was like a Pollock, there was so much blood spattered over it, and you could see some of the shininess of the blood in the photograph.

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