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 The novelty of another shining object must not be the driving force moving innovation forward. Sani Abdul-jabbar, Forbes, "Three Ways To Build A Culture Of Innovation In Your Organization," 6 May 2021 Though Woods' path forward is unclear, what is clear is how many people are rooting for him, for his legacy, and for all the years of his influence and greatness to rise again with one more shining, improbable victory. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Tiger Woods made us realize it's ok to love an imperfect athlete," 25 Feb. 2021 But isn’t the transmutation of dull, dense matter into something shining and precious a perfect metaphor for the writing process, and one that also happens to apply to the promise of California? Steffie Nelson, Los Angeles Times, "Joan Didion’s new collection of old essays holds the key to her ‘shimmer’," 21 Jan. 2021 Of course Reid's shining moment was his gutsy decision to have backup QB Chad Henne pass the ball on fourth-and-1 from the Kansas City 48-yard line with about a minute left to play and the Chiefs nursing a five-point lead. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned from divisional playoffs of the 2020 NFL season," 18 Jan. 2021 Great, Udonis Haslem back for another shining bench role at $2.6 million and a valuable roster spot. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Do Heat need to be active on NBA trade market?," 16 Nov. 2020 There was a time when he was almost universally admired, a fighter for conservation and the environment—perhaps the dominant issue of our time—and a shining figure worthy of his family’s legacy. Ryan D'agostino, Town & Country, "What is Robert Kennedy Jr. Fighting For?," 19 Oct. 2020 Basketball players and other winter college sports athletes could get a chance to have one more shining moment. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon AD Rob Mullens 'certainly open to’ pausing eligibility clocks for winter athletes in 2020-21, NCAA decision to come today," 14 Oct. 2020 As Hollywood and countless others mourn the death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, fans are celebrating a shining, hopeful moment from his career. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Chadwick Boseman Fans Keep Sharing This Heartwarming Clip From The Tonight Show," 29 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of shining

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

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9 May 2021

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“Shining.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shining

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

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