- Shine is defined as brightness, light or luster.
A gold ring that has just been cleaned and polished is an example of something that has a shine.
- Shine is to reflect light, or to polish, or to stand out due to excellence.
- When you point a flashlight into a dark room to illuminate what is in the room, this is an example of when you shine your flashlight.
- When you polish your shoes, this is an example of when you shine your shoes.
- When you are the best singer in the chorus and everyone pays attention to you instead of the rest of the crowd, this is an example of when you shine.
shine definition by Webster's New World
- to emit or reflect light; be radiant or bright with light; gleam; glow
- to be eminent, conspicuous, or brilliant; stand out; excel
- to exhibit itself clearly or conspicuously: love shining from her face
Origin: Middle English schinen ; from Old English scinan, akin to German scheinen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sāi-, to glimmer from source Classical Greek skia, shadow
- to direct the light of: to shine a flashlight
- to make shiny or bright by polishing: to shine shoes
- brightness; radiance
- luster; polish; gloss
- ☆ shoeshine
- splendor; brilliance; show
- sunshine; fair weather
- ☆ Informal a trick or prank: usually used in pl.
- ☆ Slang black (): a vulgar term of hostility and contempt
shine definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb shone shone or shined, shin·ing, shines verb, intransitive
- To emit light.
- To reflect light; glint or glisten.
- To distinguish oneself in an activity or a field; excel.
- To be immediately apparent: Delight shone in her eyes.
- To aim or cast the beam or glow of (a light).
- past tense and past participle shined shined To make glossy or bright by polishing.
- Brightness from a source of light; radiance.
- Brightness from reflected light; luster.
- A shoeshine.
- Excellence in quality or appearance; splendor.
- Fair weather: rain or shine.
- shines Informal Pranks or tricks.
- Slang Whiskey; moonshine.
- Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a Black person.
Origin: Middle English shinen, from Old English scīnan.
shine - Phrases/Idioms
shine up toâ
take a shine toâ
shine up to
take a shine to