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glint

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verb \ˈglint\

Definition of glint

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a archaic :  to glance off an objectb of rays of light :  to be reflected at an angle from a surface

  3. 2 :  to give off reflection in brilliant flashes; also :  gleam

  4. 3 :  to look quickly or briefly :  glance

  5. 4 :  to appear briefly or faintly

  6. transitive verb
  7. :  to cause to glint

Examples of glint in a Sentence

  1. The sun glinted off the tops of the waves.

  2. The waves glinted in the sunlight.

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Origin and Etymology of glint

Middle English, to dart obliquely, glint, alteration of glenten, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialect glänta to clear up; akin to Old High German glanz bright, Old English geolu yellow — more at yellow

Synonym Discussion of glint

flash, gleam, glint, sparkle, glitter, glisten, glimmer, shimmer mean to send forth light. flash implies a sudden outburst of bright light. lightning flashed gleam suggests a steady light seen through an obscuring medium or against a dark background. lights gleamed in the valley glint implies a cold glancing light. glinting steel sparkle suggests innumerable moving points of bright light. the sparkling waters glitter connotes a brilliant sparkling or gleaming. glittering diamonds glisten applies to the soft sparkle from a wet or oily surface. glistening wet sidewalk glimmer suggests a faint or wavering gleam. a distant glimmering light shimmer means shining with a wavering light. a shimmering satin dress

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glint

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Definition of glint

  1. 1 :  a tiny bright flash of light

  2. 2 :  a brief or faint manifestation :  glimmer a glint of recognition; also :  a trace of emotion expressed through the eyes a steely glint in his eye

Examples of glint in a Sentence

  1. He saw glints of sunlight on the river's surface.

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First Known Use of glint

14th century


GLINT Defined for English Language Learners

glint

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verb

Definition of glint for English Language Learners

  • : to shine in small bright flashes

glint

noun

Definition of glint for English Language Learners

  • : a small flash of light

  • : a small amount of emotion seen in a person's eyes


GLINT Defined for Kids

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glint

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verb \ˈglint\

Definition of glint for Students

glinted

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glinting

  1. :  to shine with tiny bright flashes


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glint

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noun

Definition of glint for Students

  1. :  a brief flash



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