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Princeton's WordNet

  1. radiance, radiancy, shine, effulgence, refulgence, refulgencyverb

    the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light

  2. reflect, shineverb

    be bright by reflecting or casting light

    "Drive carefully--the wet road reflects"

  3. shine, beamverb

    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, shineverb

    be shiny, as if wet

    "His eyes were glistening"

  5. shineverb

    be distinguished or eminent

    "His talent shines"

  6. shineverb

    be clear and obvious

    "A shining example"

  7. glow, beam, radiate, shineverb

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

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

  8. shineverb

    throw or flash the light of (a lamp)

    "Shine the light on that window, please"

  9. fall, shine, strikeverb

    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, shineverb

    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, shineverb

    make (a surface) shine

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


  1. shinenoun

    Brightness from a source of light.

  2. shinenoun

    Brightness from reflected light.

  3. shinenoun

    Excellence in quality or appearance.

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  7. shinenoun

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

  8. shineverb

    To emit light.

  9. shineverb

    To reflect light.

  10. shineverb

    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. shineverb

    To be immediately apparent.

  12. shineverb

    To polish (something).

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

  13. shineverb

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

  14. shineverb

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

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shinenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Be it fair or foul, or rain or shine. Dryden.

    He will accustom himself to heat and cold, and shine and rain; all which if a man’s body will not endure, it will serve him to very little purpose. John Locke.

    He that has inured his eyes to that divine splendour, which results from the beauty of holiness, is not dazzled with the glittering shine of gold, and considers it as a vein of the same earth he treads on. Decay of Piety.

    Say, in what mortal soil thou deign’st to grow?
    Fair op’ning to some court’s propitious shine,
    Or deep with di’monds in the flaming mine? Alexander Pope.

  2. To SHINEverb

    preterite I shone, I have shone; sometimes I shined, I have shined.

    Etymology: scinan , Saxon; schijnen, Dutch.

    To-day the French,
    All clinquant, all in gold, like heathen gods,
    Shone down the English; and to-morrow
    Made Britain India: ev’ry man that stood,
    Shew’d like a mine. William Shakespeare.

    True paradise inclos’d with shining rock. John Milton.

    We can dismiss thee ere the morning shine. John Milton.

    Fair daughter, blow away these mists and clouds,
    And let thy eyes shine forth in their full lustre. John Denham.

    The sun shines when he sees it. John Locke.

    The moon shines bright: in such a night as this,
    When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees,
    And they did make no noise. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venico.

    How bright and goodly shines the moon!
    The moon! the sun: it is not moonlight now. William Shakespeare.

    Two men stood by them in shining garments. Lu. xxiv. 4.

    Clear pools greatly comfort the eyes when the sun is overcast, or when the moon shineth. Francis Bacon.

    They are waxen fat, they shine. Jer. v. 28.

    Fish with their fins and shining scales. John Milton.

    The colour and shining of bodies is nothing but the different arrangement and refraction of their minute parts. John Locke.

    So proud she shined in her princely state,
    Looking to heaven; for earth she did disdain,
    And sitting high. Fairy Queen.

    Of all th’ enamel’d race, whose silv’ry wing
    Waves to the tepid zephyrs of the Spring,
    Or swims along the fluid atmosphere,
    Once brightest shin’d this child of heat and air. Dunciad.

    If there come truth from them,
    As upon thee, Macbeth, their speeches shine,
    Why, by the verities on thee made good,
    May they not be my oracles as well? William Shakespeare.

    Her face was veil’d; yet to my fancied sight
    Love, sweetness, goodness, in her person shin’d
    So clear, as in no face with more delight. John Milton.

    Cato’s soul
    Shines out in every thing she acts or speaks;
    While winning mildness and attractive smiles
    Dwell in her looks, and, with becoming grace,
    Soften the rigour of her father’s virtues. Addison.

    The reformation, in its first establishment, produced its proper fruits, and distinguished the whole age with shining instances of virtue and morality. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    The courtier smooth, who forty years had shin’d
    An humble servant to all human kind. Alexander Pope.

    Few are qualified to shine in company; but it is in most mens power to be agreeable. Jonathan Swift.

    The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious. Num. vi. 25.

    The light of righteousness hath not shined unto us, and the sun of righteousness rose not upon us. Wisd. v. 6.

    Celestial light
    Shine inward, and the mind through all her powers
    Irradiate. John Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shineverb

    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. Shineverb

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

  3. Shineverb

    to be effulgent in splendor or beauty

  4. Shineverb

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

  5. Shineverb

    to cause to shine, as a light

  6. Shineverb

    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. Shinenoun

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

  8. Shinenoun

    sunshine; fair weather

  9. Shinenoun

    a liking for a person; a fancy

  10. Shinenoun

    caper; antic; row

  11. Shineverb

    shining; sheen

  12. Etymology: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. shine

    To reflect or emit light.

    The sun does shine many days and it brings joy to our souls.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

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

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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. Haji Semboja:

    Tanesco must use an energy mix in the order of priority to include natural gas, coal, hydro and renewables if it has to make electricity generation sustainable, natural gas can keep electricity flowing when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind fails to blow. You can switch it on and off pretty quickly.

  2. Charlie Sheen:

    Stigma prevents people from getting tested, it prevents people from getting treated, and it can contribute to increased rates of infection. In this new era of prevention and treatment, including methods like PrEP, the media must take this opportunity to end the stigma and shine light on the stories of more than 1.2 million Americans living full lives with HIV today.

  3. Ted Budd:

    The prospect of Russia funneling money to U.S. environmental groups to do Russia’s bidding and actively oppose U.S. energy is a dangerous form of interference in our politics, it is time to shine a light on how and why green energy groups undermine American energy dominance, destroy American jobs, and weaken America on the world stage.

  4. Mayim Bialik:

    It is an incredible honor to guest host Jeopardy!, i was raised in a very creative and academic family, but it wasn't until high school that I fell in love with science, and that love led me to a Ph.D. in neuroscience. I so appreciate that ‘Jeopardy!’ is a show that tests all aspects of intellect and allows the brightest minds to shine.

  5. Gwyneth Paltrow:

    Our mission is to really open doors and help ourselves and others really get close to what their purpose might be, we’re brave, we’re not afraid to ask questions. We like to shine light on things.

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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
  • درخششPersian
  • 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
  • bersinarIndonesian
  • 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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    a vigorous blow
    • A. bash
    • B. empire
    • C. equity
    • D. slip

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