(1)   The quality of being bright and sending out rays of light


(2)   Make (a surface) shine
"Shine the silver, please"
"Polish my shoes"
(3)   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"
(4)   Have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink
"Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna"
(5)   Be shiny, as if wet
"His eyes were glistening"
(6)   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"
(7)   Be clear and obvious
"A shining example"
(8)   Be distinguished or eminent
"His talent shines"
(9)   Throw or flash the light of (a lamp)
"Shine the light on that window, please"
(10)   Emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light
"The sun shone bright that day"
"The fire beamed on their faces"
(11)   Be bright by reflecting or casting light
"Drive carefully--the wet road reflects"


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


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


beam, glow, radiate gleam, glint, glisten, glitter, reflect excel polish, smooth, smoothen


  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.


effulgence, radiance, radiancy, refulgence, refulgency luster brilliance, splendor See shoeshine See sunshine See moonshine