shin·​ing | \ ˈshī-niŋ How to pronounce shining (audio) \

Definition of shining

1 : emitting or reflecting light
2 : bright and often splendid in appearance : resplendent
3 : possessing a distinguished quality : illustrious
4 : full of sunshine

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Examples of shining in a Sentence

Her latest movie is a shining example of what a film can be. the shining moon formed a nice backdrop for our outdoor concert
Recent Examples on the Web There is, however, one bright and shining exception. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "This pork tenderloin sandwich is the best spring training food in metro Phoenix," 21 Feb. 2020 The episode does have one shining moment: the appearance of the filmmaker John Waters, who plays the mastermind behind a website called Pornmonger, which hosts Delia’s viral video. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, "A Ballet Scandal Gets the ‘Special Victims Unit’ Treatment," 27 Mar. 2020 There are plenty of other examples that foreshadowed DeWine's shining moment. Jason Williams,, "PX column: Why Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine cares so much amid coronavirus crisis," 19 Mar. 2020 There will be no brackets waiting to be busted and not a single shining moment at the end of the tourney journey. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "‘A sad day’: What NCAA, conference tournament cancellations mean for Big 12 players," 12 Mar. 2020 That would be the 2001 Diamondbacks, a shining moment of Arizona glory. Scott Craven, azcentral, "The scariest things in Arizona: Which one freaks you out the most?," 28 Feb. 2020 The victory became a bright, shining moment in the history of Athens. National Geographic, "At the Battle of Marathon, Athens' underdog victory stunned Persia," 6 Feb. 2020 But his shining moment against the Lions could be a mirage. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Fantasy Football Update Week 16: Last-minute moves," 22 Dec. 2019 Jonnatan would argue that its shining moment is not at Christmas dinner, but rather during a quiet lunch the next day. Leilani Marie Labong,, "Bay Area chef welcomes pavo borracho, or drunken turkey, to Christmas table," 20 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of shining

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2020

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“Shining.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of shining

: producing or reflecting a bright, steady light
: excellent or perfect

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