n) KEY VERB: shone
, shines VERB: intr.
- To emit light.
- To reflect light; glint or glisten.
- To distinguish oneself in an activity or a field; excel.
- To be immediately apparent: Delight shone in her eyes.
- To aim or cast the beam or glow of (a light).
past tense and past participle shined To make glossy or bright by polishing.
IDIOMS: shine up to Informal
- Brightness from a source of light; radiance.
- Brightness from reflected light; luster.
- A shoeshine.
- Excellence in quality or appearance; splendor.
- Fair weather: rain or shine.
- shines Informal Pranks or tricks.
- Slang Whiskey; moonshine.
- Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a Black person.
take a shine to Informal
- To try to impress or please: shined up to the boss, hoping to get a raise.
- To like spontaneously.
Middle English shinen
, from Old English scnan