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glint

[glint]
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noun
  1. a tiny, quick flash of light.
  2. gleaming brightness; luster.
  3. a brief or slight manifestation or occurrence; inkling; trace.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to shine with a glint.
  2. to move suddenly; dart.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to glint; reflect.
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Origin of glint

1400–50; late Middle English glint, variant of obsolete glent; compare Danish glente, Swedish dialect glänta to glimpse, brighten

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1. gleam, glimmer. 4. See flash.
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for glinting

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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • The blue dawn of morning was glinting among the rocks when I awoke.

  • He pointed to Trowley's ship, and then to the far and glinting horizon.

    Brothers of Peril

    Theodore Goodridge Roberts


British Dictionary definitions for glinting

glint

verb
  1. to gleam or cause to gleam brightly
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noun
  1. a bright gleam or flash
  2. brightness or gloss
  3. a brief indication
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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.).

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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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