glint

verb
\ˈglint \
glinted; glinting; glints

Definition of glint 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a archaic : to glance off an object

b of rays of light : to be reflected at an angle from a surface

2 : to give off reflection in brilliant flashes also : gleam

3 : to look quickly or briefly : glance

4 : to appear briefly or faintly

transitive verb

: to cause to glint

glint

noun

Definition of glint (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a tiny bright flash of light

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

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Verb

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

Examples of glint in a Sentence

Verb

The sun glinted off the tops of the waves. The waves glinted in the sunlight.

Noun

He saw glints of sunlight on the river's surface.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Try a piece of throwback jewelry—think: a glinting item like a belly chain. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "From Anklets to Toe Rings, This Is the Summer of Throwback Jewelry," 6 July 2018 Vector lines intersect with ovals and triangles; glinting 1950s nostalgia starbursts are everywhere. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Midcentury modern wallpaper lets you live out your 1950s dreams," 5 Oct. 2018 As the sun began to set over the ocean, the light glinting on the water like sequins, Karp and Montée still had a long night of work ahead. Ruth Margalit, New York Times, "How Harvey Karp Turned Baby Sleep Into Big Business," 18 Apr. 2018 In her portrait, Mona Dunn gazes out with a calm, serious expression, her hands folded in her lap and her golden hair glinting bright against the darkness that surrounds her. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Meeting the People in the Paintings," 5 July 2018 More than one woman wore a straw hat, white teeth glinting against tanned skin. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Chicha, the Delicious New Nicaraguan Restaurant That Caters to Millennial Cliché," 12 July 2018 Peters tells me, her mini elephant earrings glinting in the midday sun. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Tusks, Horns, and Claws: The Fight to Dismantle the Facebook Animal Parts Bazaar," 5 June 2018 What hunger becomes illuminated, and what desire glints silver in this darkness? Claire Comstock-gay, The Cut, "Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of May 14," 14 May 2018 An unwrapped box, coated in graffiti-resistant paint in a shade called Postal Blue, glinted in the afternoon light. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The “Cadillac of Mailboxes” Arrives in N.Y.C.," 30 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The sun cuts the fog above the craggy emerald peaks and glints off the stepped rice paddies. Zandie Brockett, Condé Nast Traveler, "China's Southern Guizhou Region Is Like a Land Lost in Time," 24 Aug. 2018 Across the Thames, lights from the Palace of Westminster glint off the water. Ethan Gilsdorf, BostonGlobe.com, "Skeleton Key brings upscale luxury to the escape room experience," 2 May 2018 But there was a small glint of sunshine for Eurocrats amid the gathering clouds. The Economist, "How the EU is trying to find out what on Earth Europeans want," 10 May 2018 And the gray-green curtains have a gold thread running through the fabric that throws off little glints as light hits them. Barbara King, House Beautiful, "Thomas Callaway on Refreshing a 1920s House," 25 Feb. 2015 Use a flashlight while tweezing to try to catch a glint of the glass. Gina Tomaine, Good Housekeeping, "This Is The Best Way To Get Broken Glass Or Splinters Out Of Your Foot," 11 July 2017 In the evenings, when the lab’s rooftop sees most of its use, the sun reflects off of an enormous abandoned building in front, the orange glint off glass studded with dull gaps where windows are broken like wet black eyes. Julia Cooke, Curbed, "How Mexico City’s urban innovation lab tackles the city’s challenges," 18 Apr. 2018 Now Oladipo looks like a bull, backing up and pawing at the dirt and spotting a glint of red and just storming toward the rim. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: How Pacers' Victor Oladipo found a new, unstoppable weapon," 16 Apr. 2018 Such efforts on some level approach country music as a well of authenticity artists can drink from to banish the plastic glint of pop. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Telling the Pop-Star-Goes-Country Story Again," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of glint

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for glint

Verb

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

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More Definitions for glint

glint

verb

English Language Learners Definition of glint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to shine in small bright flashes

glint

noun

English Language Learners Definition of glint (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small flash of light

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

glint

verb
\ˈglint \
glinted; glinting

Kids Definition of glint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to shine with tiny bright flashes

glint

noun

Kids Definition of glint (Entry 2 of 2)

: a brief flash

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