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

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 In reconsidering what makes art valuable, Somerville does not so much dispute Mandel’s judgments about the past (shining and false) and the future (real and hard) as collapse them. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 13 Jan. 2022 This was a shining moment for an offensive line and running game that’s taken its lumps this season. Michael Casagrande |, al, 31 Dec. 2021 But my shining moment as a stepparent was this spring, on the soccer field. Washington Post, 15 July 2021 The novelty of another shining object must not be the driving force moving innovation forward. Sani Abdul-jabbar, Forbes, 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, 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, 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, 18 Jan. 2021 Great, Udonis Haslem back for another shining bench role at $2.6 million and a valuable roster spot. Ira Winderman,, 16 Nov. 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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The first known use of shining was before the 12th century

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21 Jan 2022

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“Shining.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of shining

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

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