glint

verb
\ ˈglint How to pronounce glint (audio) \
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 The set included a large base plate with those foods, written in Hebrew, scrawled across the center in glinting gold lettering, and lined with six more individual dishes, each glazed in shades of sea foam green and cerulean blue. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Souvenir I'm Dusting Off for Passover This Year," 8 Apr. 2020 With that eye-catching orange glinting off heavily creased bodywork, our NX300h was easy to spot among the horde of otherwise ordinary crossovers and SUVs that saturate parking lots. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "The Popular Lexus NX300h Makes Hybrid Crossovers Look Cool," 20 Feb. 2020 Her hands were pale and slender, with long, delicate fingers that always glinted with a fresh French-tip manicure. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Natalie Wood's daughter remembers her mother in new memoir —see the cover and read an excerpt," 31 Jan. 2020 Boys take furtive sips of Manischewitz at someone’s bar mitzvah, their glasses glinting in the ballroom light. Leslie Jamison, The New York Review of Books, "Other Voices, Other Rooms," 29 Apr. 2020 The glinting steel of a plow blade holds obvious allure. Brian Barth, Popular Science, "The secret to curbing farm emissions is buried in the Stone Age," 1 Apr. 2020 In the predawn darkness, the glow from the light poles overhead glinted off reflective stripes on their uniforms, designed to keep them safe. Washington Post, "24 hours inside the lives upended by coronavirus in the nation’s capital," 2 Apr. 2020 In a hundred more miles on the road, the sun would hit the north-facing slopes, and the light would glint off the snowscape like diamonds. Anchorage Daily News, "During the pandemic, nature calls (where there are no doorknobs, faucets and handles that have been touched by others)," 14 Mar. 2020 The sunlight falls just so, glinting on the groom’s new ring and tracing a halo around his man bun. Laurence Scott, Wired, "GIFs Are Glorious, GIFs Are Perverse," 2 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The funeral stands out like a glint of metal in the sand, unexpected treasure. Katy Kelleher, Vogue, "How Do You Create Memories When Every Day Is the Same?," 23 Dec. 2020 Airlines that were seeing a glint of the typical holiday bustle are now canceling flights or sending planes out empty so stranded Brits can return. Charlotte Ryan, Bloomberg.com, "Travel Pain Spreads as Europe Blocks U.K. Flights on Virus Fears," 20 Dec. 2020 These ideas, seemingly at odds, are, in fact, two sides of the same belief—that language, properly engaged, can reveal the holy glint of experience. Sasha Frere-jones, The New Yorker, "The Man Who Saw Through Himself," 9 Dec. 2020 And what stands out is how patriotism and defiance are commingled: a glint in his eyes, a daring smirk. Theodore R. Johnson, New York Times, "The Challenge of Black Patriotism," 18 Nov. 2020 Jade Halaoui was hiking in the Alsace region of France this September when a glint of metal in a grassy field caught his eye. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Carrier Pigeon’s Military Message Was Delivered a Century Too Late," 13 Nov. 2020 Looking away from you, unperturbed, with a glint of green shining off their sunglasses. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Xbox Series X unleashed: Our unrestricted preview," 15 Oct. 2020 Looking away from you, unperturbed, with a glint of green shining off their sunglasses. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Xbox Series X unleashed: Our unrestricted preview," 15 Oct. 2020 Instead, look for fuzzy tree knots, hairy looking bark or maybe even the glint of early morning sun in a small black eye. Johnny Carrol Sain, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Guide to Hunting Squirrels," 6 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of glint was in the 14th century

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“Glint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glint. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for glint

glint

verb
How to pronounce glint (audio)

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 How to pronounce glint (audio) \
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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