• WordNet 3.6
    • v shine make (a surface) shine "shine the silver, please","polish my shoes"
    • v shine 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"
    • v shine have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink "Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna"
    • v shine be shiny, as if wet "His eyes were glistening"
    • v shine 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"
    • v shine be clear and obvious "A shining example"
    • v shine be distinguished or eminent "His talent shines"
    • v shine throw or flash the light of (a lamp) "Shine the light on that window, please"
    • v shine emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light "The sun shone bright that day","The fire beamed on their faces"
    • v shine be bright by reflecting or casting light "Drive carefully--the wet road reflects"
    • n shine the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A kitten looks round from a window, while the moon shines outside A kitten looks round from a window, while the moon shines outside
A kitten stretches and yawns in its basket while the sun shines outside A kitten stretches and yawns in its basket while the sun shines outside
The sun was shining on a noble city The sun was shining on a noble city

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some people start to sneeze if they are exposed to sunlight or have a light shined into their eye
    • Shine A liking for a person; a fancy.
    • Shine Caper; antic; row.
    • a Shine Shining; sheen.
    • Shine Sunshine; fair weather. "Be it fair or foul, or rain or shine ."
    • Shine The quality or state of shining; brightness; luster, gloss; polish; sheen. "Now sits not girt with taper's holy shine .""Fair opening to some court's propitious shine .""The distant shine of the celestial city."
    • Shine To be bright by reflection of light; to gleam; to be glossy; as, to shine like polished silver.
    • Shine To be effulgent in splendor or beauty. "So proud she shined in her princely state.""Once brightest shined this child of heat and air."
    • Shine To be eminent, conspicuous, or distinguished; to exhibit brilliant intellectual powers; as, to shine in courts; to shine in conversation. "Few are qualified to shine in company; but it in most men's power to be agreeable."
    • Shine To cause to shine, as a light. "He [God] doth not rain wealth, nor shine honor and virtues, upon men equally."
    • Shine 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. "Hyperion's quickening fire doth shine .""God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Cghrist.""Let thine eyes shine forth in their full luster."
    • Shine 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An area of the Sun's surface the size of a postage stamp shines with the power of 1,500,000 candles.
    • shine To send forth or give out light or brightness, literally or figuratively: as, the sun shines by day, the moon by night.
    • shine To present a bright appearance; glow; gleam; glitter.
    • shine To beam forth; show itself clearly or conspicuously; be noticeably prominent or brilliant.
    • shine To excel; be eminent, distinguished, or conspicuous: as, to shine in society, or in conversation; to shine in letters.
    • shine To present a splendid or dazzling appearance; make a brave show.
    • shine Synonyms To radiate, glow. Shine differs from the words compared under glare, v., in that it generally stands for a steady radiation or emission of light. It is with different thoughts of the light of the fixed stars that we say that they shine, sparkle, gleam, or glitter.
    • shine To cause to shine. To direct or throw the light of in such a way as to illuminate something; flash: as, the policeman shone his lantern up the alley.
    • n shine Light; illumination.
    • n shine Sunshine; hence, fair weather.
    • n shine Sheen; brilliancy; luster; gloss.
    • n shine Brightness; splendor; irradiation.
    • n shine A fancy; liking: as, to take a shine to a person.
    • n shine A disturbance; a row; a rumpus; a shindy.
    • n shine A trick; a prank: as, to cut up shines.
    • shine Bright or shining; glittering.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If the sun stopped shining suddenly, it would take eight minutes for people on earth to be aware of the fact.
    • v.i Shine shīn to beam with steady radiance: to glitter: to be bright or beautiful: to be eminent
    • v.t Shine to cause to shine:—pa.t. and pa.p. shone (shon), (B.) shīned
    • adj Shine (Spens.) bright
    • n Shine brightness: splendour: fair weather:
    • n Shine (slang) disturbance, row, a trick
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The stars are constantly shining, but often we do not see them until the dark hours.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “The eternal stars shine out as soon as it is dark enough.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Honesty shines like a light through your eyes.”
  • David Viscott
    David Viscott
    “There is some place where your specialties can shine. Somewhere that difference can be expressed. It's up to you to find it, and you can.”
  • Horace
    “Believe that each day that shines on you is your last.”
  • Corrie Ten Boom
    Corrie Ten Boom
    “Let God's promises shine on your problems.”


Come rain or shine - If I say I'll be at a place come rain or shine, I mean that I can be relied on to turn up; nothing, not even the vagaries of British weather, will deter me or stop me from being there.
Knight in shining armour - A knight in shining armour is someone who saves you when you are in great trouble or danger.
Rise and shine - If you wake up full of energy, you rise and shine.
Take a shine to - If you take a shine to something or someone, you like it or them instantly.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. shinen, schinen, AS. scīnan,; akin to D. schijnen, OFries. skīna, OS. & OHG. scīnan, G. scheinen, Icel. skīna, Sw. skina, Dan. skinne, Goth. skeinan, and perh. to Gr. shadow. √157. Cf. Sheer pure, and Shimmer


In literature:

She felt as if something had gone out of the day, but the sun was shining.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
And this inward beauty always shines through.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
Long, long ago, before the sun learned to shine so brightly, people believed very strange things.
"Child Stories from the Masters" by Maud Menefee
The moon was shining, and the lawn lay chequered beneath the trees.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
She gave him, too, a bowl of shining metal.
"The Indian Fairy Book" by Cornelius Mathews
At last, he made many little shining stones.
"The Book of Nature Myths" by Florence Holbrook
Which, if it now or shall hereafter shine, 'Twas by your splendour, lady, not by mine.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
Shines through the battle-storm.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
It shines from the face of a crowned Man.
"Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation" by S. D. Gordon
She said it did not belong to her, and she disdained to shine in borrowed colors.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz

In poetry:

"And the prisoned light
I free again:
It flows in might
Through my shining brain
"Abu Midjan" by George MacDonald
Came, came.
Came a word, came,
came through the night,
wanted to shine, wanted to shine.
"The Straitening" by Paul Celan
Down they swept through the shining air,
Swiftly sped through the shining air,---
This one bright as the sunset's glow,
That one white as the falling snow.
"A Song Of Two Angels" by Laura Elizabeth Richards
Shine, Earth loves thee! And then shine
And be loved through thoughts of mine.
All thy secrets that I treasure
I translate them at my pleasure.
I am crowned with glory of thine.
Thine, not thine.
"The Poet Sings To Her Poet" by Alice Meynell
Of scenes of nature, fields and mountains;
Of skies, so beauteous after a storm—and at night the moon so
unearthly bright,
Shining sweetly, shining down, where we dig the trenches and gather
the heaps,
I dream, I dream, I dream.
"In Midnight Sleep" by Walt Whitman
I have a sin of fear, that when I have spun
My last thread, I shall perish on the shore;
But swear by thyself, that at my death thy Son
Shall shine as he shines now, and heretofore;
And, having done that, thou hast done;
I fear no more.
"A Hymn To God The Father" by John Donne

In news:

Nothing give great shine like a gloss, but who doesn't love the long-wearing aspect of lipstick.
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Ask him at shined-up Apple show at Woolly Mammoth.
Phantom Fireworks of Curtice will present the 7th Annual Spark-N-Shine Car Show Saturday, June 9 from 6 to 9 pm at Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon.
Philip Seymour Hoffman shines in ' Capote '.
Capra 's love of America shines at the Orpheum this week.
Come rain or come shine, Davis High School students are better together.
Roy Riggins Rise And Shine.
Shine Like The Stars ALBUM: Expect The (2008) Last 200 Songs.
Chicagoans will have opportunity to shine on 'SNL'.
Probe shines light on chest pain overtreatment.
HCA probe shines light on chest pain overtreatment.
Desperately Auditioning for a Chance to Shine.
'A Chorus Line ': Ensemble shines in a worthy tribute.
White dinnerware lets food shine.

In science:

Megaparsec patterns, and even obtain a reasonably detailed view of the way in which galaxies have formed and the stars started to shine.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
There are new data, especially from the B factories; the latter are shining new light on the problem.
XXXVIIi\'eme Rencontres de Moriond: Electroweak 2002 Conference Summary
The dominant flux of EUV photons producing the flow is from the diffuse field that shines vertically downward onto the disk at the gravitational radius; therefore, most of the gas is evaporated from this region.
Viscous diffusion and photoevaporation of stellar disks
In high-mass X-ray binaries, electrons accelerated at the shock between the pulsar and the stellar winds can shine up to TeV energies42,30 by upscattering the stellar radiation.
Unidentified EGRET sources in the Galaxy
Sporadic ejections would shine too briefly to account for EGRET sources.
Unidentified EGRET sources in the Galaxy