What does shine mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word shine.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. radiance, radiancy, shine, effulgence, refulgence, refulgency(verb)

    the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light

  2. reflect, shine(verb)

    be bright by reflecting or casting light

    "Drive carefully--the wet road reflects"

  3. shine, beam(verb)

    emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light

    "The sun shone bright that day"; "The fire beamed on their faces"

  4. glitter, glisten, glint, gleam, shine(verb)

    be shiny, as if wet

    "His eyes were glistening"

  5. shine(verb)

    be distinguished or eminent

    "His talent shines"

  6. shine(verb)

    be clear and obvious

    "A shining example"

  7. glow, beam, radiate, shine(verb)

    have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink

    "Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna"

  8. shine(verb)

    throw or flash the light of (a lamp)

    "Shine the light on that window, please"

  9. fall, shine, strike(verb)

    touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly

    "Light fell on her face"; "The sun shone on the fields"; "The light struck the golden necklace"; "A strange sound struck my ears"

  10. glow, beam, radiate, shine(verb)

    experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion

    "She was beaming with joy"; "Her face radiated with happiness"

  11. polish, smooth, smoothen, shine(verb)

    make (a surface) shine

    "shine the silver, please"; "polish my shoes"


  1. shine(Noun)

    Brightness from a source of light.

  2. shine(Noun)

    Brightness from reflected light.

  3. shine(Noun)

    Excellence in quality or appearance.

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  7. shine(Noun)

    The amount of shininess on a cricket ball, or on each side of the ball.

  8. shine(Verb)

    To emit light.

  9. shine(Verb)

    To reflect light.

  10. shine(Verb)

    To distinguish oneself; to excel.

    My nephew tried other sports before deciding on football, which he shined at right away, quickly becoming the star of his school team.

  11. shine(Verb)

    To be immediately apparent.

  12. shine(Verb)

    To polish (something).

    He shined my shoes until they were polished smooth and gleaming.

  13. shine(Verb)

    To polish a cricket ball using saliva and one's clothing.

  14. shine(Verb)

    To create light with a flashlight, lamp, torch, etc.

    I shined my light into the darkness to see what was making the noise.

  15. Origin: scīnan, from skīnanan. Cognate with Dutch schijnen, German scheinen, Swedish skina.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shine(verb)

    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. Shine(verb)

    to be bright by reflection of light; to gleam; to be glossy; as, to shine like polished silver

  3. Shine(verb)

    to be effulgent in splendor or beauty

  4. Shine(verb)

    to be eminent, conspicuous, or distinguished; to exhibit brilliant intellectual powers; as, to shine in courts; to shine in conversation

  5. Shine(verb)

    to cause to shine, as a light

  6. Shine(verb)

    to make bright; to cause to shine by reflected light; as, in hunting, to shine the eyes of a deer at night by throwing a light on them

  7. Shine(noun)

    the quality or state of shining; brightness; luster, gloss; polish; sheen

  8. Shine(noun)

    sunshine; fair weather

  9. Shine(noun)

    a liking for a person; a fancy

  10. Shine(noun)

    caper; antic; row

  11. Shine(verb)

    shining; sheen

  12. Origin: [OE. shinen, schinen, AS. scnan; akin to D. schijnen, OFries. skna, OS. & OHG. scnan, G. scheinen, Icel. skna, Sw. skina, Dan. skinne, Goth. skeinan, and perh. to Gr. shadow. 157. Cf. Sheer pure, and Shimmer.]


  1. SHINE

    SHINE is a nationwide festival in Singapore "by youth, for youth' and is jointly supported by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and the National Youth Council. Inaugurated in 2005, SHINE aims to: ⁕Showcase and develop youth talent and skills ⁕Facilitate and profile youth community contribution ⁕Project a positive youth image and profile young role models Youth aged 15–35 can sign up as participants, SHINE volunteers or realize their ideas through grants. Over 200,000 youth were part of SHINE 2007’s wide assortment of activities.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shine

    shīn, v.i. to beam with steady radiance: to glitter: to be bright or beautiful: to be eminent.—v.t. to cause to shine:—pa.t. and pa.p. shone (shon), (B.) shīned.—adj. (Spens.) bright.—n. brightness: splendour: fair weather: (slang) disturbance, row, a trick.—n. Shī′ner, that which shines: (slang) a coin, esp. a sovereign: a small American fresh-water fish.—adj. Shī′ning.—adv. Shī′ningly.—n. Shī′ningness.—adj. Shī′ny, clear, unclouded: glossy.—Cause, or Make, the face to shine (B.), to be propitious; Take the shine out of (slang), to outshine, eclipse. [A.S. scínan; Ger. scheinen.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. shine

    To take the shine out of. To excel another vessel in a manœuvre. To surpass in any way.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shine' in Verbs Frequency: #675

Anagrams for shine »

  1. Hsien

  2. NIEHS

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shine in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of shine in a Sentence

  1. Linson:

    Shine like stars

  2. Anti-War Poster:

    Let the sun shine in.

  3. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    To shine always love always.

  4. Kathy Ann Jensen:

    Rain makes the sun shine brighter.

  5. Eddy M Reyes:

    Make your smile today shine like a star.

Images & Illustrations of shine

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Translations for shine

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  • لمعArabic
  • brillantor, lluentor, lluir, lluïssor, brillarCatalan, Valencian
  • svítitCzech
  • disgleirioWelsh
  • skinne, glimte, brillans, lyse, stråle, glimre, brillere, skin, glans, pudse, polere, blankeDanish
  • Brillanz, Glanz, leuchten, Schein, Bravour, scheinen, glänzen, polieren, bohnernGerman
  • ακτινοβολώGreek
  • poluro, briliEsperanto
  • brillo, brillar, lucirSpanish
  • loiste, paiste, kirkkaus, valo, loistaa, paistaa, loistavuus, kiiltää, paistaa silmään, loistokkuus, hohde, hohtaa, helottaa, loisteliaisuus, erottua, kiillottaa, puleerataFinnish
  • éclat, briller, luireFrench
  • deàlraich, boillsg, deàrrs, lìomhScottish Gaelic
  • brillo, brillantez, brillar, lucir, coruscar, resplandecer, relucirGalician
  • चमकHindi
  • ragyogHungarian
  • փայլել, փայլArmenian
  • brillarInterlingua
  • lumarIdo
  • ljómaIcelandic
  • risplendere, splendere, brillareItalian
  • 輝き, 卓越, 輝く, 目立つ, 照らす, 光, 光る, 磨くJapanese
  • 비치다, 비추다, 빛나다Korean
  • nitere, emineo, anteeo, antecedo, excello, lūceō, polio, expolio, levigo, tergeo, luceatLatin
  • schéngenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • šviestiLithuanian
  • straling, bravoure, stralen, glanzen, voor de hand liggen, schijn, glans, uitmuntendheid, schijnen, blinken, uitblinken, polieren, opblinkenDutch
  • lusejar, lusirOccitan
  • esplendor, brilhar, cintilar, sobressair, brilho, luzir, resplandecer, lustrar, polirPortuguese
  • k'anchay, illay, llimphiyQuechua
  • tarlischar, glüschir, traglischar, glischar, glischear, targlischierRomansh
  • strălucire, luciu, luci, lumina, lustru, străluci, lustruiRomanian
  • свет, сияние, светить, сиять, блестеть, блеск, светиться, блистать, полировать, чиститьRussian
  • lúgere, luxi, lúchereSardinian
  • sijati, svetitiSlovene
  • glans, finish, stråla, reflektera, glänsa, sken, polish, lysa, skina, blänka, lysande, lysa i ögonen, putsa, poleraSwedish
  • பிரகாசம்Tamil
  • ప్రకాశము, మెరుపు, మెరియు, వెలిగిపోవు, ప్రకాశించుTelugu
  • parlatmakTurkish
  • چمکنا, جگمگانا, جهلملانا, چمکUrdu
  • soi sáng, tỏa sáng, chiếu sángVietnamese
  • 闪耀Chinese

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