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Meaning of SHINING

Pronunciation:  sh'Ining

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the work of making something shine by polishing it; "the shining of shoes provided a meager living"
  2. [adj]  reflecting light; "glistening bodies of swimmers"; "the horse's glossy coat"; "lustrous auburn hair"; "saw the moon like a shiny dime on a deep blue velvet carpet"; "shining white enamel"
  3. [adj]  emitting or radiating light; "the shining sun"; "gazed up at the shining heavens"
  4. [adj]  reflecting an inner radiance; "with shining eyes"
  5. [adj]  abounding with sunlight; "a bright sunny day"; "one shining norming"- John Muir; "when it is warm and shiny"
  6. [adj]  made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow; "bright silver candlesticks"; "a burnished brass knocker"; "she brushed her hair until it fell in lustrous auburn waves"; "rows of shining glasses"; "shiny black patents"
  7. [adj]  marked by exceptional merit; "had shining virtues and few faults"; "a shining example"

SHINING is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: bright, burnished, clear, glistening, glossy, lustrous, polished, polishing, sheeny, shiny, sunny, sunshiny, superior
 See Also: shoeshine, work



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Shin"ing\, a.
    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.
    Usage: {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.
                 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.
  2. \Shin"ing\, n.
    Emission or reflection of light.