Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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SHINE, verb intransitive [If s is a prefix, this word accords with the root of Latin canus, caneo.

1. To emit rays of light; to give light; to beam with steady radiance; to exhibit lightness or splendor; as, the sun shines by day; the moon shines by night. Shining differs from sparkling, glistening, glittering, as it usually implies a steady radiation or emission of light, whereas the latter words usually imply irregular or interrupted radiation. This distinction is not always not always observed, and we may say, the fixed stars shine, as well as they sparkle. But we never say the sun or the moon sparkles.

2. To be bright; to be lively and animated; to be brilliant.

Let thine eyes shine forth in their full luster. Denham.

3. To be unclouded; as, the moon shines.

4. To be glossy or bright, as silk.

Fish with their fins and shining scales. Milton.

5. To be gay or splendid.

So proud she shined in her princely state. Spenser.

6. To be beautiful.

Once brightest shin'd this child of heat and air. Pope.

7. To be eminent, conspicuous or distinguished; as, to shine in courts.

Few are qualified to shine in company. Swift.

8. To give light, real or figurative.

The light of righteousness hath not shined to us. Wisdom.

9. To manifest glorious excellencies.

10. To be clearly published.

11. To be conspicuously displayed; to be manifest.

Let your light so shine before men- Matthew 5:16.

To cause the face to shine, to be propitious.

SHINE, noun

1. Fair weather.

Be it fair or foul, rain or shine. Dryden.

2. Brightness; splendor; luster; gloss.

The glittering shine of gold. Decay of Piety.

Fair op'ning to some court's propitious shine. [Not elegant.] Pope.