1. Emitting light, esp. in a continuous manner; radiant; as, shining lamps; also, bright by the reflection of
light; as, shining armor. "Fish . . . with their fins and shining scales." Milton.
2. Splendid; illustrious; brilliant; distinguished; conspicious; as, a shining example of charity.
3. Having the surface smooth and polished; said of leaves, the surfaces of shells, etc.
Syn. Glistening; bright; radiant; resplendent; effulgent; lustrous; brilliant; glittering; splendid; illustrious.
Shining, Brilliant, Sparking. Shining describes the steady emission of a strong light, or the steady
reflection of light from a clear or polished surface. Brilliant denotes a shining of great brightness, but
with gleams or flashes. Sparkling implies a fitful, intense shining from radiant points or sparks, by which
the eye is dazzled. The same distinctions obtain when these epithets are figuratively applied. A man
of shining talents is made conspicious by possessing them; if they flash upon the mind with a peculiarly
striking effect, we call them brilliant; if his brilliancy is marked by great vivacity and occasional intensity,
he is sparkling.
True paradise . . . inclosed with shining rock.Milton.
Some in a brilliant buckle bind her waist,Gay.
Some round her neck a circling light display.
His sparkling blade about his head he blest.Spenser.
(Shin"ing), n. Emission or reflection of light.
(Shin"ing*ness), n. Brightness. J. Spence.
(Shin"ney) n. [CF. Shindy.] The game of hockey; so called because of the liability of the
players to receive blows on the shin. Halliwell.
(Shin"plas`ter) n. Formerly, a jocose term for a bank note greatly depreciated in value; also,
for paper money of a denomination less than a dollar. [U. S.]
(Shin"to Shin"ti*ism) n. [Chin. shin god + tao way, doctrine.] One of the two great systems
of religious belief in Japan. Its essence is ancestor worship, and sacrifice to dead heroes. [Written also
Sintu, and Sintuism.]
(Shin"to*ist) n. An adherent of Shintoism.
(Shin"ty) n. [Cf. Gael. sinteag a skip, a bound.] A Scotch game resembling hockey; also, the
club used in the game. Jamieson.
(Shin"y) a. [Compar. Shinier ; superl. Shiniest.] Bright; luminous; clear; unclouded.
Like distant thunder on a shiny day.Dryden.
(-ship) [OE. -schipe, AS. -scipe; akin to OFries. -skipe, OLG. -skepi, D. -schap, OHG. - scaf, G. -
schaft. Cf. Shape, n., and Landscape.] A suffix denoting state, office, dignity, profession, or
art; as in lordship, friendship, chancellorship, stewardship, horsemanship.
(Ship) n. [AS. scipe.] Pay; reward. [Obs.]
In withholding or abridging of the ship or the hire or the wages of servants.Chaucer.
(Ship), n. [OE. ship, schip, AS. scip; akin to OFries. skip, OS. scip, D. schip, G. schiff, OHG.
scif, Dan. skib, Sw. skeep, Icel. & Goth. skip; of unknown origin. Cf. Equip, Skiff, Skipper.]