AskDefine | Define shine

Dictionary Definition

shine n : the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light [syn: radiance, radiancy, effulgence, refulgence, refulgency]


1 be bright by reflecting or casting light; "Drive carefully--the wet road reflects" [syn: reflect]
2 emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light; "The sun shone bright that day"; "The fire beamed on their faces" [syn: beam]
3 be shiny, as if wet; "His eyes were glistening" [syn: glitter, glisten, glint, gleam]
4 be distinguished or eminent; "His talent shines"
5 be clear and obvious; "A shining example"
6 especially of the complexion: show a strong bright color, such as red or pink; "Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna" [syn: glow, beam, radiate]
7 throw or flash the light of (a lamp, etc.); "Shine the light on that window, please"
8 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" [syn: fall, strike]
9 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" [syn: glow, beam, radiate]
10 (of surfaces) make shine; "shine the silver, please"; "polish my shoes" [syn: polish, smooth, smoothen] [also: shone]

User Contributed Dictionary



scīnan, from Germanic. Cognate with Dutch schijnen, German scheinen, Swedish skina.


  • /ʃaɪn/, /SaIn/


  1. To emit light.
  2. To reflect light.
  3. To distinguish oneself; to excel.
  4. To be immediately apparent.
  5. To polish (something).
  6. In the context of "transitive|cricket": To polish a cricket ball using saliva and one’s clothing.
  7. To create light with a flashlight, lamp, torch, etc.

Coordinate terms


to emit light
to reflect light
to distinguish oneself
to be immediately apparent
  • Dutch: voor de hand liggen
  • Finnish: paistaa silmään
  • Portuguese: sobressair
  • Swedish: lysa i ögonen
to polish
cricket: to polish a cricket ball
ergative: to create light with a flashlight, lamp, torch, etc.
  • Japanese: 照らす


  1. Brightness from a source of light.
  2. Brightness from reflected light.
  3. Excellence in quality or appearance.
  4. Shoeshine.
  5. Sunshine.
  6. Moonshine.
  7. The amount of shininess on a cricket ball, or on each side of the ball.

Derived terms


brightness from a source of light
  • Danish: skin
  • Dutch: schijn, straling
  • Finnish: loiste, paiste, hohde, kirkkaus
  • French: éclat
  • German: Schein
  • Japanese: 輝き, 光
  • Kurdish:
  • Portuguese: brilho
  • Russian: свет, сияние
  • Swedish: sken
  • Telugu: ప్రకాశము (prakaaSamu)
brightness from reflected light
  • Danish: glans ,
  • Dutch: glans
  • Finnish: valo, hohde, loiste
  • German: Glanz
  • Japanese: 輝き
  • Kurdish:
  • Portuguese: brilho
  • Russian: блеск, сияние
  • Swedish: blankhet, glans
  • Telugu: మెరుపు (merupu)
excellence in quality or appearance
  • Danish: brillans
  • Dutch: uitmuntendheid, bravoure
  • Finnish: erinomaisuus, ylivoimaisuus, loistokkuus
  • German: Brillanz, Glanz, Bravour
  • Japanese: 卓越
  • Portuguese: esplendor
  • Russian: блеск
  • Swedish: finish, polish
slang: moonshine
cricket: the amount of shininess on a cricket ball




Extensive Definition

Shine may refer to:
shine in German: Shine
shine in French: Shine
shine in Italian: Shine
shine in Japanese: シャイン

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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