shin·​ing | \ˈshī-niŋ \

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

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Fans who were devastated that Downton Abbey ended received a shining beacon of hope over the summer, when news broke that a movie adaption of the hit series is happening. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Downton Abbey Movie Is Officially Filming, and the Cast Can't Stop Celebrating," 13 Sep. 2018 While the artists listed below aren’t technical features, some of the album’s more shining moments belong to them. Natalie Maher, Billboard, "Every Artist on Drake's 'Scorpion' Who Isn't a Feature," 29 June 2018 Then, of course, the unforgettable hug that served as the show’s shining moment. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Kanye and Virgil Abloh Hugging After the Louis Vuitton Show Makes Us Feel Again," 21 June 2018 And yet the same weekend that Americans watched the historic event, a shining moment in the Kennedy legacy, Ted’s car accident in Chappaquiddick threatened to unravel it. 8. Liz Mcneil,, "10 Shocking Things You'll Learn About the Chappaquiddick Scandal in Cover-Up," 31 May 2018 James was guarded by Marcus Morris on 24 plays, finishing with 5 points on 2-6 shooting. -- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 13, 2018 One shining moment This GIF is built to last. Scott Patsko,, "Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics: Winners and losers from Game 1," 14 May 2018 Needless to say, Jay Curtis will never forget his last shining moment in a run full of them at the school named for his great-grandfather. Jim Derry,, "Jay Curtis' 6th-inning blast leads John Curtis past St. Paul's, 2-1, in Division I state title game," 13 May 2018 San Francisco, however, rose from the ashes, rebuilt and became a greater city, a shining symbol of the West. Bill Van Niekerken, San Francisco Chronicle, "1906 San Francisco earthquake: Old photos offer new glimpses of devastation," 18 Apr. 2018 These coaches have all be caught, penalized, and returned to the system with the blessing of college presidents looking for a shining moment in the NCAA Tournament. Elton Alexander,, "NCAA must clean up its act from the top down, not the bottom up," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of shining

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

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English Language Learners Definition of shining

: producing or reflecting a bright, steady light

: excellent or perfect

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