the work of making something smooth and shiny by rubbing or waxing it
"the shining of shoes provided a meager living"; "every Sunday he gave his car a good polishing"
marked by exceptional merit
"had shining virtues and few faults"; "a shining example"
bright, burnished, lustrous, shining, shiny(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"
glistening, glossy, lustrous, sheeny, shiny, shining(adj)
"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"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Light, strictly denoting a form of radiant energy, is used as a general term for any luminous effect discernible by the eye, from the faintest phosphorescence to the blaze of the noonday sun. A flame is both hot and luminous; if it contains few solid particles it will yield little light, tho it may afford intense heat, as in the case of a hydrogen-flame. A blaze is an extensive, brilliant flame. A flare is a wavering flame or blaze; a flash is a light that appears and disappears in an instant; as, a flash of lightning; the flash of gunpowder. The glare and glow are steady, the glare painfully bright, the glow subdued; as, the glare of torches; the glow of dying embers. Shine and shining refer to a steady or continuous emission of light; sheen is a faint shining, usually by reflection. Glimmer, glitter, and shimmer denote wavering light. We speak of the glimmer of distant lamps through the mist; of the shimmer of waves in sunlight or moonlight. A gleam is not wavering, but transient or intermittent; a sudden gleam of light came through the half-open door; a glitter is a hard light; as, the glitter of burnished arms. A sparkle is a sudden light, as of sparks thrown out; scintillation is the more exact and scientific term for the actual emission of sparks, also the figurative term for what suggests such emission; as, scintillations of wit or of genius. Twinkle and twinkling are used of the intermittent light of the fixed stars. Glistening is a shining as from a wet surface. Illumination is a wide-spread, brilliant light, as when all the windows of a house or of a street are lighted. The light of incandescence is intense and white like that from metal at a white heat.
blaze, flame, flare, flash, flicker, glare, gleam, gleaming, glimmer, glistening, glistering, glitter, glow, illumination, incandescence, light, luster, scintillation, sheen, shimmer, shine, sparkle, twinkle, twinkling
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How to use shining in a sentence?
Modesty is a shining light it prepares the mind to receive knowledge, and the heart for truth.
Life has a way of shining on people who stand in the sunshine of kind actions.
All those who talk about confusion or mixed messages are grossly overstating the position, the common sense of the British people is shining through.
That's when we're the shining light on the hill.
She's a shining light, hardworking and with an integrity that the rest of the motley crew in British politics just doesn't have.
Translations for shining
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- ilustre, lúcido, lustroso, reputado, renombrado, famoso, espléndido, brillante, célebreSpanish
- hohtaa, loistavaFinnish
- lustré, brillant, réputé, renommé, illustre, splendide, célèbre, fameuxFrench
- brillante, lucente, lucido, lustro, splendenteItalian
- پهخش, بریقهدارKurdish
- reflector, strălucitor, reputat, ilustru, luciosRomanian
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