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 As he was handed the Palme d’Or, Bong immediately turned toward Song and kneeled down and presented his star with the glinting trophy. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "Bong Joon-ho on Enlisting South Korea's "Everyman" Superstar for 'Parasite'," 8 Sep. 2019 The city grew spooky with whiskered soldiers and glinting razor-wire. Time, "The Indian Government Insists All Is Well in Kashmir. But As the Communications Shutdown Continues, Its Citizens Are Struggling to Reach the Outside World," 23 Aug. 2019 Bright snow keeps mountains cool and reflective, glinting away the sun’s incoming rays and keeping the whole region cool. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "'Snow droughts' are coming for the American West," 14 Aug. 2019 Little yellow stars representing all 2,373 squirrels glinted like constellations against the blue background of greater Central Park. Kaitlyn Schwalje, National Geographic, "How many squirrels live in NYC’s Central Park? We finally have the answer.," 20 June 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During the day, the building’s scale-like ceramic tiles glint in the sunlight; at night, the space glows like Neptune’s underwater castle. George W. Stone, National Geographic, "Dinosaurs to gladiators: 10 World Heritage trips for families," 16 Aug. 2019 Fraught with bittersweet regret, a groundswell of longing, and, just maybe, a glint of hope. The Atlantic, "What Is the Greatest Movie Quote of All Time?," 11 Aug. 2019 One last glint of light in the sunset of his career. SI.com, "A Tribute to Ali Daei: Cristiano Ronaldo's Final International Rival," 11 Sep. 2019 And yet there have been quite a few glints of hope—especially in the past few months. The Economist, "The eastern summer," 8 Aug. 2019 There are no glints of light on the oranges themselves, no shine, just brilliantly rough surface. Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times, "The oranges that enraptured a millionaire," 18 July 2019 And then, consider the opal: a stone that holds so many colors within itself—at its core, glints of blue and orange and yellow. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Stellene’s Most Wanted: Colored Gems," 10 Sep. 2019 Shine Time Glass pulls from Top Knobs—and shelves full of antique glassware—glint off the high gloss of the cabinetry. Robert Rufino, House Beautiful, "The Pink Cabinets In This Incredible Family Kitchen Are Everything," 9 Sep. 2019 From a nearby clifftop, the luminescent waters of Bali’s Blue Lagoon glint and glimmer. NBC News, "Bali fights back as tons of floating plastic threaten to spoil once-pristine paradise," 25 Aug. 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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23 Sep 2019

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

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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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