AskDefine | Define shining

Dictionary Definition

shining adj
1 marked by exceptional merit; "had shining virtues and few faults"; "a shining example"
2 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" [syn: bright, burnished, lustrous, shiny]
3 abounding with sunlight; "a bright sunny day"; "one shining norming"- John Muir; "when it is warm and shiny" [syn: bright, shiny, sunshiny, sunny]
4 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" [syn: glistening, glossy, lustrous, sheeny, shiny] n : the work of making something shine by polishing it; "the shining of shoes provided a meager living" [syn: polishing]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Emitting light.
  2. Reflecting light.
  3. Having a high polish or sheen.
  4. Having exceptional merit.
    a shining example


emitting light
reflecting light
having a high polish or sheen
having exceptional merit
  • Kurdish:


  1. present participle of shine

Extensive Definition

Shining or The Shining may refer to:

In fiction

In music

Other uses

See also

shining in German: The Shining
shining in Modern Greek (1453-): Λάμψη
shining in French: Shining
shining in Italian: Shining
shining in Dutch: The Shining
shining in Polish: Lśnienie
shining in Swedish: The Shining
shining in Turkish: The Shining
shining in Chinese: 闪灵

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