Definition of shining in US English:

shining

adjective

  • 1Giving out or reflecting bright light.

    ‘a shining expanse of water’
    • ‘Christ in darkest night Has risen in shining glory.’
    • ‘Small and dirty, but through the window, the sun is shining in.’
    • ‘Snails all along the track, each on the shining path.’
    • ‘It was a pleasant day, with the sun shining brightly.’
    • ‘The terracotta floor leads to a long bar overlooking the kitchen area, flanked by a beautiful armoire filled with glass shining in the sunlight.’
    • ‘We were all messy and wet, but the sun was shining and the adventure was fun.’
    • ‘He launched his load straight at the pavement where it fragmented into a thousand shining white droplets flying in a thousand different directions.’
    • ‘Since the bridge blocks much of the sunlight shining in the loft's direction, Brayton had to devise ways to warm the space from the inside.’
    • ‘The two indoor pools were a bonus when the sun wasn't shining or when we just wanted a change of scenery.’
    • ‘One day, Nabil picked me up, his eyes shining.’
    • ‘By the time he had finished, her eyes were shining with unshed tears of joy.’
    • ‘The light shining in their mirror or other polished objects may dazzle them.’
    • ‘Light bounded off the lake, streamed across the high white ceilings, puddled on the shining wooden floors.’
    • ‘Through the window, he was not surprised to see the sun was shining.’
    • ‘There in the darkness was a solitary light shining.’
    • ‘The first sunbeams were shining brilliantly, spreading their golden glow over the calm water.’
    • ‘He turned to Michael, whose blue eyes were shining from the ride in the open carriage.’
    • ‘He smoothly produces a wallet with a shining thing inside, a silver badge.’
    • ‘Even if the sun is shining, chances are the puddles are ankle deep.’
    • ‘The sun was shining, therefore aiding the visibility.’
    gleaming, bright, illuminated, lit, lighted, ablaze, brilliant, lustrous, glowing, glinting, sparkling, coruscating, twinkling, flickering, glittering, glistening, shimmering, flashing, dazzling, glaring, luminous, luminescent, incandescent, phosphorescent, fluorescent
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  • 2Brilliant or excellent at something.

    ‘he has set a shining example with his model behavior’
    • ‘You might imagine that such a shining example of good policing would be encouraged in his aims.’
    • ‘She was cheerleading captain and a shining star in the school.’
    • ‘It is really probably Barack Obama's shining moment in this campaign.’
    • ‘The only way to decide is through the shining ether of time.’
    • ‘That's hardly a shining reason for the Yanks to spend resources for such a minor gain.’
    • ‘The new emerging socialist state became a shining star for workers around the world.’
    • ‘These are your shining examples, but they have no meaning for me.’
    • ‘The cloud of opinions makes me look for some shining facts.’
    • ‘In so doing they have been a shining light to others, encouraging them to be true to who they are and embody their own uniqueness.’
    • ‘The eighth of 16 children, he tells the story of how, as a child, he worked shining shoes on the street.’
    • ‘And they say she is a shining example of Bolton youngsters at their best.’
    • ‘Elsewhere in the technology sector, few rays of hope are shining through.’
    • ‘The remaining scholars are doing exceptionally well - some of them shining in their own chosen field of study.’
    • ‘Kenya's decision to abolish school fees is a shining example of just what can be achieved in the developing world by sheer political will.’
    • ‘The built-in dictionary and thesaurus is its own application, but its real shining moments are as a service.’
    • ‘He'll always be a hero to those of us with ears, and a shining example of how and why music should be made.’
    • ‘They were switched on at the beginning of the month and will stay shining until the 12 th night.’
    • ‘The luck of the Irish and last year's bronze medalists was not shining.’
    • ‘A member of two Super Bowl championship teams, Sanders ' shining moment in baseball came with the 1992 National League champion Braves.’
    • ‘Wesley has been a shining light in a grey autumn for the Irish U-21 s this year.’
    paragon, model, epitome, archetype, ideal, exemplar, nonpareil, paradigm, embodiment, personification, quintessence, standard, prototype, apotheosis, the crème de la crème, the beau idéal, acme, jewel, gem, flower, angel, treasure, an outstanding example, a perfect example of its kind
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Pronunciation

shining

/ˈSHīniNG//ˈʃaɪnɪŋ/