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 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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

From our drop-top Jeep, the ocean looks like a disco ball, with glints of sunlight and the toothy snarls of demigod surfers and their girls (or demigoddess surfers and their dudes). Chris Erskinecolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Have a California moment at Neptune’s Net, a landmark seafood shack in Malibu," 8 Aug. 2019 And California Adventure wasn’t even a glint in an Imagineer’s eye. Scott Craven, USA TODAY, "Happiness has no expiration: Woman uses 34-year-old free pass to get into Disneyland," 30 May 2019 Your teammates would be in complete silhouette but for the cobalt glints on their weapons. By Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Cloud Gaming Is Big Tech’s New Street Fight," 19 July 2019 As a man, Stevens was kind, gentle, down to earth, always carrying an amused glint in his eye and a delighted smile on his face. Cliff Sloan, The Denver Post, "Commentary: John Paul Stevens taught us that no person is above, or below, the law," 19 July 2019 To the right of the oranges, the sunlight glints from the rim of a porcelain drinking cup filled with water; a white rose stained pink at its edge glows softly as if illuminated from within. Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times, "The oranges that enraptured a millionaire," 18 July 2019 For a barely there glint of shine, reach for the Abriella Freshwater Pearl Layered Y-Necklace — three delicate golden strands strung with luminous and beautifully imperfect freshwater pearls. Allure, "All This Baublebar Jewelry Is Discounted for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale," 12 July 2019 The Knicks have the glint of history: an iconic brand and a legendary building. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Brooklyn or New York? Knicks Made KD and Kyrie’s Decision Easy," 30 June 2019 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

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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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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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