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

Head out into the crisp mountain air and look for the last light still glinting off the snow on the mountain. Brian Coyne, SFChronicle.com, "One Day, One Place: Mount Shasta, California," 11 July 2019 At a playground in Shakopee next to the river, groups of children and their parents played while sunlight glinted off the water. Kris Maher, WSJ, "The Black Fly Is Here for Your Blood—and Dignity," 16 June 2019 At the crime scene, shell casings glinted near a puddle at the mouth of an alley on 68th Street between Oakley and Bell avenues. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "Simeon freshman, 15, killed in West Englewood shooting: ‘He was a baby, and they took him’," 15 June 2019 Even neighboring Uranus, though faint, glints overhead on a clear dark night. National Geographic, "Neptune, explained," 28 Mar. 2019 Simone Rocha’s gilded sequined dresses glinted at the heart of a moving show, which addressed all ages and shapes of womankind. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Top 10 Shows of London Fashion Week Fall 2019," 20 Feb. 2019 One is cropped short like a bomber jacket and covered in rich brown fur with four fat glinting gold buttons down the middle, something an Upper East Side Jewish lady of a certain age might wear to shop for groceries at Gristedes. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Am I the Only One Who Feels Guilty About Wearing Vintage Fur?," 15 Jan. 2019 Covering her chest was a tumble of jewelry and ornaments—beads, leather, copper, seashells, bells, and glinting studs. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But there’s a glint in the eye that betrays some shifty secrets. Angela Hill, The Mercury News, "John Law, iconic Bay Area prankster, now has his own ‘art’ show," 5 July 2019 The bronze of the statue glints atop a berm near the parking lot of a Sheraton hotel, in a shopping plaza about 18 miles west of Busch Stadium. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Albert Pujols’ return to St. Louis set for adulation, not condemnation," 20 June 2019 Ephraim Simasiku, 71, spent a whole month stringing metal cans along a wire to create a fence around his farm that, with its glint and clang, might scare off elephants. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "‘I hate elephants’: Behind the backlash against Botswana’s giants," 7 June 2019 The sweeping 1930s reforms of Ataturk secularized the building and brought museum status; today partially cleaned mosaics peek out from the plaster with glints of gold along the high upper gallery. National Geographic, "This heavenly building served as both church and mosque," 22 Mar. 2019 Harry has replaced his usual moony eyes with a glint of suspicion. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "Charlotte Hope Untangles The Web Of Lies In The Spanish Princess Finale," 25 June 2019 But, oh wait, what’s that glint of gold that just caught my eye? Alison Wild, EW.com, "Everything you need to know about Hagrid's Motorbike Adventure at Universal Studios," 20 June 2019 Every dust mote, every linoleum scuff and porcelain glint has been crafted with breathtaking care. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: Woody and Buzz are back and better than ever," 20 June 2019 To see a dagger slowly appearing with its gold glint, through the sand was romantic. National Geographic, "Agatha Christie's adventurous 'second act' plays out in Mesopotamia," 21 Mar. 2019

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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 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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