\ 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



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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Scissors glint under the tank’s white and blue lights as astronaut Mark Vandahei and his team snip the stems of those that are ready for harvest. Melanie Canales, Wired, 21 Dec. 2021 The way some of the clips glint in the light is truly a work of art. Sara Miranda, Allure, 20 Sep. 2021 In one, strips of crystal marked by glowing red imperfections seem to glint with spectral light along a blue background. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, 7 Apr. 2021 Some things skitter back into the dark but a few things glint with minor promise. New York Times, 3 Feb. 2021 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, 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, 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,, 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, 29 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Olsen likes the balance and glint of a pair of mirrors hung over nightstands with table lamps on them on either side of a bed. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 Writing any story is a process of projection and omission, and fragments of an old tale, excavated from the mound of history, will often catch a glint of the zeitgeist. Rebecca Panovka, The New Yorker, 2 June 2021 Wordle Bot was much more enthusiastic about my third guess, glint. Erik Kain, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 The blue glint on the ambulance parked behind him is wrong. Joshua Rothkopf,, 9 Apr. 2022 There, the emphasis was not only on honing in on his spycraft skills, but being able to speak English so well that only a glint of an accent was evident. Fox News, 24 Mar. 2022 The vibe: a regional glint in the air, cultivated by the locals. Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2022 In fact, some of the concerns surrounding the existing system, such a sun glint and scraping of the receiving aircraft, occur using other tankers. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 To see a dagger slowly appearing, with its gold glint, through the sand was romantic. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of glint


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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\ ˈglint How to pronounce glint (audio) \
glinted; glinting

Kids Definition of glint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to shine with tiny bright flashes



Kids Definition of glint (Entry 2 of 2)

: a brief flash

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