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Webster 1913 Edition


Shining

Shin′ing

,
Adj.
1.
Emitting light, esp. in a continuous manner; radiant;
as,
shining
lamps
; also, bright by the reflection of light;
as,
shining
armor
.
“Fish . . . with their fins and shining scales.”
Milton.
2.
Splendid; illustrious; brilliant; distinguished; conspicious;
as, a
shining
example of charity
.
3.
Having the surface smooth and polished; – said of leaves, the surfaces of shells, etc.
Syn. – Glistening; bright; radiant; resplendent; effulgent; lustrous; brilliant; glittering; splendid; illustrious.
Shining
,
Brilliant
,
Sparking
. Shining describes the steady emission of a strong light, or the steady reflection of light from a clear or polished surface. Brilliant denotes a shining of great brightness, but with gleams or flashes. Sparkling implies a fitful, intense shining from radiant points or sparks, by which the eye is dazzled. The same distinctions obtain when these epithets are figuratively applied. A man of shining talents is made conspicious by possessing them; if they flash upon the mind with a peculiarly striking effect, we call them brilliant; if his brilliancy is marked by great vivacity and occasional intensity, he is sparkling.
True paradise . . . inclosed with
shining
rock.
Milton.
Some in a
brilliant
buckle bind her waist,
Some round her neck a circling light display.
Gay.
His
sparkling
blade about his head he blest.
Spenser.

Shin′ing

,
Noun.
Emission or reflection of light.

Webster 1828 Edition


Shining

SHI'NING

, ppr.
1. Emitting light; beaming; gleaming.
2. a. Bright; splendid; radiant.
3. Illustrious; distinguished; conspicuous; as a shining example of charity.

SHI'NING

,
Noun.
Effusion or clearness of light; brightness.

Definition 2022


shining

shining

English

Adjective

shining (comparative more shining, superlative most shining)

  1. Emitting light.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      'Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.
  2. Reflecting light.
  3. Having a high polish or sheen.
  4. Having exceptional merit.
    a shining example

Translations

Verb

shining

  1. present participle of shine

Noun

shining (plural shinings)

  1. A bright emission of light; a gleam.