Definition of Shine

1. Noun. The quality of being bright and sending out rays of light.

2. Verb. Be bright by reflecting or casting light. "The coins shine "; "Drive carefully--the wet road reflects"
Exact synonyms: Reflect
Specialized synonyms: Resplend, Glare, Opalesce, Luminesce, Coruscate, Scintillate, Sparkle
Generic synonyms: Emit, Give Off, Give Out
Derivative terms: Reflective, Shiner

3. Verb. Emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light. "The horizon is shineing with lights"; "The fire beamed on their faces"
Exact synonyms: Beam
Specialized synonyms: Beat Down, Beacon, Glare, Flame, Flare, Outshine, Shimmer, Flick, Flicker, Blaze, Scintillate, Twinkle, Winkle, Burn, Glow
Derivative terms: Beam

4. Verb. Be shiny, as if wet. "The horizon is shineing with lights"; "His eyes were glistening"
Exact synonyms: Gleam, Glint, Glisten, Glitter
Generic synonyms: Appear, Look, Seem
Specialized synonyms: Spangle, Shimmer
Derivative terms: Glint, Glisten, Glitter

5. Verb. Be distinguished or eminent. "His talent shines"
Generic synonyms: Be

6. Verb. Be clear and obvious. "A shining example"
Generic synonyms: Be

7. Verb. Have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink. "Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna"
Exact synonyms: Beam, Glow, Radiate
Generic synonyms: Appear, Look, Seem
Derivative terms: Glow

8. Verb. Throw or flash the light of (a lamp). "Shine the light on that window, please"
Causes: Beam

9. Verb. Touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly. "A strange sound struck my ears"
Exact synonyms: Fall, Strike
Generic synonyms: Come About, Fall Out, Go On, Hap, Happen, Occur, Pass, Pass Off, Take Place

10. Verb. Experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion. "Her face radiated with happiness"
Exact synonyms: Beam, Glow, Radiate
Generic synonyms: Experience, Feel
Derivative terms: Glow, Glow, Radiance

11. Verb. Make (a surface) shine. "They shine the glass tubes"; "Polish my shoes"
Exact synonyms: Polish, Smooth, Smoothen
Generic synonyms: Beautify, Embellish, Fancify, Prettify
Specialized synonyms: Simonise, Simonize, Sleek, Slick, Buff, Burnish, Furbish, Gloss
Entails: Rub
Derivative terms: Polish, Polish, Polisher, Polishing, Shining

Definition of Shine

1. v. i. To emit rays of light; to give light; to beam with steady radiance; to exhibit brightness or splendor; as, the sun shines by day; the moon shines by night.

2. v. t. To cause to shine, as a light.

3. n. The quality or state of shining; brightness; luster, gloss; polish; sheen.

4. a. Shining; sheen.

Definition of Shine

1. Verb. (intransitive) To emit light. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To reflect light. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To distinguish oneself; to excel. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To be immediately apparent. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To polish (something). ¹

6. Verb. (transitive cricket) To polish a cricket ball using saliva and one’s clothing. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) (ergative) To create light with a flashlight, lamp, torch, etc. ¹

8. Noun. Brightness from a source of light. ¹

9. Noun. Brightness from reflected light. ¹

10. Noun. Excellence in quality or appearance. ¹

11. Noun. Shoeshine. ¹

12. Noun. Sunshine. ¹

13. Noun. (slang) Moonshine. ¹

14. Noun. (cricket) The amount of shininess on a cricket ball, or on each side of the ball. ¹

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Definition of Shine

1. to emit light [v SHONE or SHINED, SHINING, SHINES]

Medical Definition of Shine

1. 1. To emit rays of light; to give light; to beam with steady radiance; to exhibit brightness or splendor; as, the sun shines by day; the moon shines by night. "Hyperion's quickening fire doth shine." (Shak) "God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Cghrist." (2 Cor. Iv. 6) "Let thine eyes shine forth in their full luster." (Denham) 2. To be bright by reflection of light; to gleam; to be glossy; as, to shine like polished silver. 3. To be effulgent in splendor or beauty. "So proud she shined in her princely state." "Once brightest shined this child of heat and air." (Pope) 4. To be eminent, conspicuous, or distinguished; to exhibit brilliant intellectual powers; as, to shine in courts; to shine in conversation. "Few are qualified to shine in company; but it in most men's power to be agreeable." (Swift) To make, or cause, the face to shine upon, to be propitious to; to be gracious to. Origin: OE. Shinen, schinen, AS. Scinan; akin to D. Schijnen, OFries. Skina, OS. & OHG. Scinan, G. Scheinen, Icel.skina, Sw. Skina, Dan. Skinne, Goth. Skeinan, and perh. To Gr. Shadow. Cf. Sheer pure, and Shimmer. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Shine

shin pad
shin pads
shin splint
shin splints
shindesi kensa
shine (current term)
shine-dalgarno sequence
shine at
shine up
shingle oak
shingle tree

Literary usage of Shine

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Works of George Fox by George Fox (1831)
"And the light of the candle shall shine no more in Babylon, which has enlightened their spirits, that they might see their deeds and repent; but they repent ..."

2. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"y BH ARG, to roast, parch ; prob, akin to <J BH ARK, to shine. Curtius, i. 231. Der./ry, sb. FRY (2), the spawn of fishes. (Scand.) In Shak. All's Well, iv. ..."

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