from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Radiating light; bright.
  • adjective Bright from reflected light; glistening.
  • adjective Having a sheen from being rubbed or worn smooth.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Rubbed smooth by abrasion: said of cloth, rails, wire rope, etc.
  • Reflecting light or showing differences in shade or color on account of the presence of a film of grease, as in cloth, or its absence locally from a surface which is normally lubricated, as in engine-guides.
  • Clear; unclouded; lighted by the sun or moon.
  • Having a. glittering appearance; glossy.
  • noun Gold; money. Also shiney.

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

  • adjective Bright; luminous; clear; unclouded.

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

  • adjective Reflecting light.
  • adjective Emitting light.
  • adjective colloquial Excellent; remarkable.
  • adjective obsolete Bright; luminous; clear; unclouded.
  • noun informal Anything shiny; a trinket.

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

  • adjective reflecting light
  • adjective having a shiny surface or coating
  • adjective made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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