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SHINE, v.i. [If s is a prefix, this word accords with the root of L. canus, caneo.

1. To emit rays of light; to give light; to beam with steady radiance; to exhibit lightness or splendor; as, the sun shines by day; the moon shines by night. Shining differs from sparkling, glistening, glittering, as it usually implies a steady radiation or emission of light, whereas the latter words usually imply irregular or interrupted radiation. This distinction is not always not always observed, and we may say, the fixed stars shine, as well as they sparkle. But we never say the sun or the moon sparkles.

2. To be bright; to be lively and animated; to be brilliant.

Let thine eyes shine forth in their full luster. Denham.

3. To be unclouded; as, the moon shines.




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SHINE, v.i. [If s is a prefix, this word accords with the root of L. canus, caneo.

1. To emit rays of light; to give light; to beam with steady radiance; to exhibit lightness or splendor; as, the sun shines by day; the moon shines by night. Shining differs from sparkling, glistening, glittering, as it usually implies a steady radiation or emission of light, whereas the latter words usually imply irregular or interrupted radiation. This distinction is not always not always observed, and we may say, the fixed stars shine, as well as they sparkle. But we never say the sun or the moon sparkles.

2. To be bright; to be lively and animated; to be brilliant.

Let thine eyes shine forth in their full luster. Denham.

3. To be unclouded; as, the moon shines.


SHINE, n.

  1. Fair weather. Be it fair or foul, rain or shine. – Dryden.
  2. Brightness; splendor; luster; gloss. The glittering shine of gold. – Decay of Piety. Fair op'ning to some court's propitious shine. – Pope. [Not elegant.]

SHINE, v.i. [pret. shined or shone; pp. shined or shone. Sax. scinan; D. schuynen; G. scheinen; Sw. skina. If s is a prefix, this word accords with the root of L. canus, caneo; W. càn, white, bright. See Cant.]

  1. 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. Shining differ from sparkling, glistening, glittering, as it usually implies steady radiation or emission of light, whereas the latter words usually imply irregular or interrupted radiation. This distinction is not always observed, and we may say, the fixed stars shine, as well as that they sparkle. But we never say, the sun or the moon sparkles.
  2. To be bright; to be lively and animated; to be brilliant. Let thine eyes shine forth in their full luster. – Denham.
  3. To be unclouded; as, the moon shines. – Bacon.
  4. To be glossy or bright, as silk. Fish with their fins and shining scales. – Milton.
  5. To be gay or splendid. So proud she shined in her princely state. – Spenser.
  6. To be beautiful. Once brightest shin'd this child of heat and air. – Pope.
  7. To be eminent, conspicuous or distinguished; as, to shine in courts. – Phil. ii. Few are qualified to shine in company. – Swift.
  8. To give light, real or figurative. The light of righteousness bath not shined to us. – Wisdom.
  9. To manifest glorious excellencies. – Ps. lxxx.
  10. To be clearly published. – Is. ix.
  11. To be conspicuously displayed; to be manifest. Let your light so shine before men. Matth. v. To cause the face to shine, to be propitious. – Num. vi. Ps. lxvii.

Shine
  1. 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. Shak.

    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. 2 Cor. iv. 6.

    Let thine eyes shine forth in their full luster. Denham.

  2. To cause to shine, as a light.

    [Obs.]

    He [God] doth not rain wealth, nor shine honor and virtues, upon men equally. Bacon.

  3. The quality or state of shining; brightness; luster, gloss; polish; sheen.

    Now sits not girt with taper's holy shine. Milton.

    Fair opening to some court's propitious shine. Pope.

    The distant shine of the celestial city. Hawthorne.

  4. Shining; sheen.

    [Obs.] Spenser.
  5. To be bright by reflection of light; to gleam; to be glossy; as, to shine like polished silver.
  6. 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.

    [U. S.] Bartlett.
  7. Sunshine; fair weather.

    Be it fair or foul, or rain or shine. Dryden.

  8. To be effulgent in splendor or beauty.

    "So proud she shined in her princely state." Spenser.

    Once brightest shined this child of heat and air. Pope.

  9. A liking for a person; a fancy.

    [Slang, U.S.]
  10. 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. Swift.

    To make, or cause, the face to shine upon, to be propitious to; to be gracious to. Num. vi. 25.

  11. Caper; antic; row.

    [Slang]

    To cut up shines, to play pranks. [Slang, U.S.]

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Shine

SHINE, verb intransitive [If s is a prefix, this word accords with the root of Latin canus, caneo.

1. To emit rays of light; to give light; to beam with steady radiance; to exhibit lightness or splendor; as, the sun shines by day; the moon shines by night. Shining differs from sparkling, glistening, glittering, as it usually implies a steady radiation or emission of light, whereas the latter words usually imply irregular or interrupted radiation. This distinction is not always not always observed, and we may say, the fixed stars shine, as well as they sparkle. But we never say the sun or the moon sparkles.

2. To be bright; to be lively and animated; to be brilliant.

Let thine eyes shine forth in their full luster. Denham.

3. To be unclouded; as, the moon shines.

4. To be glossy or bright, as silk.

Fish with their fins and shining scales. Milton.

5. To be gay or splendid.

So proud she shined in her princely state. Spenser.

6. To be beautiful.

Once brightest shin'd this child of heat and air. Pope.

7. To be eminent, conspicuous or distinguished; as, to shine in courts.

Few are qualified to shine in company. Swift.

8. To give light, real or figurative.

The light of righteousness hath not shined to us. Wisdom.

9. To manifest glorious excellencies.

10. To be clearly published.

11. To be conspicuously displayed; to be manifest.

Let your light so shine before men- Matthew 5:16.

To cause the face to shine, to be propitious.

SHINE, noun

1. Fair weather.

Be it fair or foul, rain or shine. Dryden.

2. Brightness; splendor; luster; gloss.

The glittering shine of gold. Decay of Piety.

Fair op'ning to some court's propitious shine. [Not elegant.] Pope.

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