• WordNet 3.6
    • adj shining reflecting light "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"
    • adj shining 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"
    • adj shining marked by exceptional merit "had shining virtues and few faults","a shining example"
    • n shining 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"
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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
    • n Shining Emission or reflection of light.
    • Shining Emitting light, esp. in a continuous manner; radiant; as, shining lamps; also, bright by the reflection of light; as, shining armor. "Fish . . . with their fins and shining scales."
    • Shining Having the surface smooth and polished; -- said of leaves, the surfaces of shells, etc. "True paradise . . . inclosed with shining rock.""Some in a brilliant buckle bind her waist,
      Some round her neck a circling light display."
      "His sparkling blade about his head he blest."
    • Shining Splendid; illustrious; brilliant; distinguished; conspicious; as, a shining example of charity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If the sun stopped shining suddenly, it would take eight minutes for people on earth to be aware of the fact.
    • n shining Brightness; effulgence; light; sheen.
    • n shining Lightning.
    • n shining An effort to eclipse others or to be conspicuous; ostentatious display.
    • n shining The hunting of deer by attracting them with fire by night; jack-hunting. See to shine deer, under shine.
    • shining Emitting or reflecting light; bright; gleaming; glowing; radiant; lustrous; polished; glossy.
    • shining Splendid; illustrious; distinguished; conspicuous; notable: as, a shining example of charity.
    • shining Synonyms Resplendent, effulgent, brilliant, luminous. See shine, intransitive verb
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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.”
  • Emily Bronte
    “I see heaven's glories shine and faith shines equal...”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Honesty shines like a light through your eyes.”
  • Bible
    “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “Loyalty is still the same, whether it win or lose the game; true as a dial to the sun, although it be not shined upon.”


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.


In literature:

Her eyes were shining like the stars above them.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
His wide, deep, lustrous eyes, shining with intelligence, had told him!
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
When he had answers to the last of them his own eyes were shining.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
If it be the moon, then let him touch something light, on which its light shines.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
He knew, no one better, all that lay behind the shining gray of the girl's eyes as she beheld the canoes approach.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Gently shine his eyes of starlight, And his temper alters nothing.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
Then I used to shine shoes.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
But more wonderful than the colors of the tin top, or the shine of it, or its one little tin toe, was its voice.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
When she awoke it was late, and the sun was shining into the room.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
The sun shines because God shines, and He shines because He is God.
"Serbia in Light and Darkness" by Nikolaj Velimirovic

In poetry:

A baby shines as bright
If winter or if May be
On eyes that keep in sight
A baby.
"Babyhood" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
A little, gold band
He held to me
That would shine on a hand
For the world to see.
"There Was One" by Dorothy Parker
Li'l bit er trouble,
Honey, fer terday;
Yander come Termorrer—
Shine it all away!
"A Song Of To-Morrow" by Frank Lebby Stanton
Your eyes drink of me,
Love makes them shine,
Your eyes that lean
So close to mine.
"The Mystery" by Sara Teasdale
Shine on me, sunshine
Rain on me, rain
Fall softly, dewdrops
And cool my brow again.
"Woman Work" by Maya Angelou
The flower is asleep.
But it is not dead,
When the morning shines
It will lift its head.
"Up And-Down" by George MacDonald

In news:

At least the sun is shining Wednesday, but my computer says the temperature o...
The scary movie study commissioned by the website, found that Stanley Kubrick's 1980 movie "The Shining" burned an average of 184 calories in viewers.
Blaze shines light on pot.
If you go get your shoes shined, and you have to take the guys word for it, there's a good chance you're overweight.
A 19-year-old North Hollywood man faces up to five years in prison for shining a laser at a business jet and then aiming the " commercial-grade " device at a police helicopter sent to find the source.
A young Charles Darwin paid to have his bed made and shoes shined at Cambridge.
Sow named 'Tank,' ewe named 'Tiger' shine at county livestock show.
Like they've done for most of this track & field season, Troy senior Brian Cooper and Fort Zumwalt West junior Dahlia Dyson shined at Saturday's Troy-Buchanan High School Throwdown.
Excelsior was added in 1979 to shine a spotlight on community organizations.
Giant Moon Shines in Excelsior Upset.
For a brief, shining moment, Spain was the best solar market in the world.
Restoring the Shine to Fiberglass .
During the past few years, the corporate-governance spotlight has been shining brightly on larger public companies.
Golden Globe and Spirit Award nominees shine at the MACC.
Brown stripped the truck to the bare frame and sent the cab and front sheetmetal to Troy Jackson at Yanks Speed & Shine in Woodland, Washington.

In science:

The main issue of the pulsar magnetosphere is how the rotation power is converted into both particle beams which causes pulsed emissions, and a highly relativistic wind of electron-positron plasmas which forms surrounding nebulae shining in X-rays and TeV gamma-rays.
A Particle Simulation for the Axisymmetric Pulsar Magnetosphere: II. the case of dipole field
Two concepts are currently under under study: • Each channel features an integrated LED, that is reverse mounted into a hole in the PCB and shines on the tile.
Concept and status of the CALICE analog hadron calorimeter engineering prototype
The UV-LEDs require a special driver in order to make them shine fast (≤10 ns) with an amplitude covering several orders of magnitude in light intensity.
Calibration System with Optical Fibers for Calorimeters at Future Linear Collider Experiments
According to Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, the merger of two black holes should shine brighter in gravitational waves than the light from all the stars in all the galaxies in the Universe.
Gravitational Wave Astronomy: Needle in a Haystack
It allows to join the interior solution to the Vaidya shining star exterior .
Collapsing shear-free perfect fluid spheres with heat flow