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glint

[glint] /glɪnt/
noun
1.
a tiny, quick flash of light.
2.
gleaming brightness; luster.
3.
a brief or slight manifestation or occurrence; inkling; trace.
verb (used without object)
4.
to shine with a glint.
5.
to move suddenly; dart.
verb (used with object)
6.
to cause to glint; reflect.
Origin of glint
late Middle English
Swedish dialect
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English glint, variant of obsolete glent; compare Danish glente, Swedish dialect glänta to glimpse, brighten
Synonyms
1. gleam, glimmer. 4. See flash.
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  • The little white head was glinting off again when the father called it back.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Lestrange gave his fine, glinting smile as he rose to salute Emily.

    The Flying Mercury Eleanor M. Ingram
  • Head and front of them all was Hito, fat and shining, with glinting pig's eyes.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • The blue dawn of morning was glinting among the rocks when I awoke.

    The Wild Huntress Mayne Reid
  • He pointed to Trowley's ship, and then to the far and glinting horizon.

    Brothers of Peril Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • On his head was a German helmet with its glinting brass point and eagle.

  • It was black, cylindrical, glinting dully in the sun's light.

    The Metal Moon Everett C. Smith
  • Rome itself is ready to rise on the first glinting of their lances.

    The Earl of Beaconsfield James Anthony Froude
  • They were all intent and flushed, glinting with sweat in the heat of the room.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
British Dictionary definitions for glinting

glint

/ɡlɪnt/
verb
1.
to gleam or cause to gleam brightly
noun
2.
a bright gleam or flash
3.
brightness or gloss
4.
a brief indication
Word Origin
C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish dialect glänta, glinta to gleam
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Word Origin and History for glinting

glint

n.

1540s (modern use from 1826), from glint (v.).

glint

v.

1787, from Scottish, where apparently it survived as an alteration of Middle English glenten "gleam, flash, glisten" (mid-15c.), from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian gletta "to look," dialectal Swedish glinta "to shine"), from Proto-Germanic *glent-, from PIE *ghel- "to shine, glitter, glow, be warm" (see glass). Reintroduced into literary English by Burns. Related: Glinted; glinting.

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