• WordNet 3.6
    • n shininess the visual property of something that shines with reflected light
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: More than 5,000 years ago, the Chinese discovered how to make silk from silkworm cocoons. For about 3,000 years, the Chinese kept this discovery a secret. Because poor people could not afford real silk, they tried to make other cloth look silky. Women would beat on cotton with sticks to soften the fibers. Then they rubbed it against a big stone to make it shiny. The shiny cotton was called "chintz." Because chintz was a cheaper copy of silk, calling something "chintzy" means it is cheap and not of good quality.
    • n shininess Shiny or glossy character or condition; luster; glossiness; sheen.
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In literature:

In the shiny, sunny street they paused.
"The Cathedral" by Sir Hugh Walpole
She made their new place bright and shiny before helping her husband install the furniture.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
Larvae, about one-third of an inch; head, brown, shiny, and globulous.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 344, August 5, 1882" by Various
Spots and dots, shiny, illusive, bobbed along that break, behind the mounds, beyond the farther banks.
"The Desert of Wheat" by Zane Grey
But, luckily for his happiness to-day, he did not know how Angela had laughed when she saw the shiny shoes outside his door.
"The Port of Adventure" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
I've seen them look at my suit, which hunches in the back and strains across the front, and is shiny at the seams.
"Cheerful--By Request" by Edna Ferber
The gobblers are big, shiny, and they have red on their heads.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
He was armed with an ancient 45-70 Winchester, worn smooth and shiny by long carrying in a saddle holster.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
So when you throw slurs on our plumb newness and shininess, I've got the cards to call yuh.
"The Happy Family" by Bertha Muzzy Bower
In the middle of the table stood an object of shiny green crockery, which seemed to be a cross between a fruit-dish and a vase.
"V. V.'s Eyes" by Henry Sydnor Harrison

In poetry:

I cannot rest, I cannot rest
In straight and shiny wood,
My woven hands upon my breast—
The dead are all so good!
"The White Lady" by Dorothy Parker
If I had a shiny gun,
I could have a world of fun
Speeding bullets through the brains
Of the folk who give me pains;
"Frustration" by Dorothy Parker
A string of shiny days we had,
A spotless sky, a yellow sun;
And neither you nor I was sad
When that was through and done.
"The Dramatists" by Dorothy Parker
Why do I falter in my speech,
O cruel Ligurine?
Why do I chase from place to place
In weather wet and shiny?
Why down my nose forever flows
The tear that's cold and briny?
"To Mother Venus" by Eugene Field
WHEN, at rising morn we lave
Our dark limbs in the shiny wave,
When beneath the palm-tree shade,
We rest awhile in freshness laid,
And, when our early task is done,
Whom should we love to think upon?
"Devotional Song For A Negro Child" by Joanna Baillie
Give ore my wanton fancy now give ore the clouds are gath'ring & anon they'le powr
the pleasures of my groves are fled away
the sacred silence & ye shiny day
what have you then to lull you in your play
"Satyr VI. The Spleen" by Thomas Parnell

In news:

Secrets to Long, Thick, Shiny Hair.
Cincinnati quartet Walk the Moon traffic in dynamic alt-rock tones that exist in the spaces between the bright, quirky sounds of their New Wave heroes and the shiny electronics of their indie contemporaries.
Do you really think those crispy, shiny kicks are going to get you to Seaside faster.
The smiling blonde stands over her shiny beach cruiser, the Palos Verdes Peninsula stretching into the Pacific behind her.
Now that New York's reputation is all bright and shiny, everyone wants to drop by.
There were some beautiful shiny long hairstyles on the Screen Actors Guild red carpet.
Maybe it's your shiny hair or your soft skin, or maybe it's your underarms.
Fresh off a $20 million renovation, the Shelborne Hotel welcomes its shiny new James Bond-themed American brasserie Vesper .
We asked ELLE's Facebook fans for three words that describe their dream hair, and they answered voluminous , smooth, and shiny.
He lifted the shiny, heavy-bodied fish into the boat and we both marveled at its size.
Pharmaceutical marketers who approach these new realities as a brand plan " add-on s" or the latest shiny object in the tactical plan run the risk of being disappointed with results.
To investors, Apple isn't as shiny anymore .
The first shiny yellow CSX 2000 Cobra was introduced to the world in April, 1962, at the New York auto show.
Because nothing gets you in the holiday spirit quite like shiny red testicles, right.
No celebrity endorsements or shiny chrome finishes here – these sound shooters emphasize their 40mm drivers.

In science:

As modern electronics industry encourages end users to replace their old consumer products with shiny new things from the shelf, the natural question arises where consumers dispose of their old stuff.
Modern consumerism and the waste problem
However, when the crystals lack natural shiny growth faces they have to be polished which introduces the possibility of damage.
The pseudogap in high-temperature superconductors: an experimental survey
The remaining 42 cm exhibited the shiny surface characteristic of the epoxy coating.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen