Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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
  • noun Brightness; effulgence; light; sheen.
  • noun Lightning.
  • noun An effort to eclipse others or to be conspicuous; ostentatious display.
  • noun The hunting of deer by attracting them with fire by night; jack-hunting. See to shine deer, under shine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Emitting light.
  • adjective Reflecting light.
  • adjective Having a high polish or sheen.
  • adjective Having exceptional merit.
  • verb Present participle of shine.
  • noun A bright emission of light; a gleam.

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

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

Etymologies

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Examples

  • When an animal is startled, he will stand gazing at the light, and his eyes may be seen shining distinctly: this is called "_shining the eyes_."

    The Adventures of Daniel Boone: the Kentucky rifleman

  • Newest, Picard echoed, the word shining in his mind bright as a nova.

    Star Trek: Myriad Universes: Shattered Light

  • The magazines came to me in shrink-wrap, my name shining out in glossy black or blue or pink.

    The Mother Garden

  • The magazines came to me in shrink-wrap, my name shining out in glossy black or blue or pink.

    The Mother Garden

  • Steve's got a glamorous, feng-shuied-to-death new joint down the street with the four letters of his name shining out in the extensive flashing heraldry at the front entrance.

    Forbes.com: News

  • Bush also pointed to what he called a shining example of democracy in action, referring to the group's decision to hold a vote to decide to try to overpower the hijackers.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • Bush also pointed to what he called a shining example of democracy in action, referring to the group's decision to hold a vote to decide to try to overpower the hijackers.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • Bush also pointed to what he called a shining example of democracy in action, referring to the group's decision to hold a vote to decide to try to overpower the hijackers.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • In Mongolia, the vice president tried his hand at archery, watched a wrestling match and named a horse during a brief visit to Mongolia, which he called a shining example of democratic development.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • Bush also pointed to what he called a shining example of democracy in action, referring to the group's decision to hold a vote to decide to try to overpower the hijackers.

    Thestar.com - Home Page

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  • My name is literally Shining. I'm a gerund, verb, and adjective. Fun.

    November 20, 2009