any of various small American freshwater fishes having glistening scales, especially a minnow.
any of various silvery, marine fishes, as the menhaden or butterfish.
a defect in silk or synthetic filament or fabric, produced either in the process of winding or as a result of shuttle friction and appearing on fabric as a shiny streak.
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How to use shiner in a sentence
The shiner that developed meant I had to spend the first five minutes of every video call explaining what had happened.Broken windows, ‘cuddling breaks’ and interrupted video calls: Parents share realities of juggling work while homeschooling kids | Jessica Davies | February 26, 2021 | Digiday
They could only film one side of John Francis Daley’s face that day, given the shiner he got from “catching a flyball with his eye by accident,” as his TV mom, Becky Ann Baker, now puts it.
Veterans of old and more recent wars crowded around the bar downing shots of Regal Crown Black, chased by shiner Bock.
Hard to imagine him slammin' down shiner Bocks and listenin' to Willie Nelson.Paul Begala: Ted Cruz and Texas’s Tea Party Revolution | Paul Begala | August 1, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
His untidy hair was rumpled, as if someone had been hanging onto it while in the process of giving him the shiner.Fee of the Frontier | Horace Brown Fyfe
This he cut open, and trimmed down with his knife until it resembled a large shiner.Gold-Seeking on the Dalton Trail | Arthur R. Thompson
The name Helen is philologically allied to Helios the Sun, and is generally interpreted to mean torch, shiner, or giver of light.Archaic England | Harold Bayley
At station A-2 the Arkansas River shiner made up 14.6 per cent of all fish taken.Fishes of Chautauqua, Cowley and Elk Counties, Kansas | Artie L. Metcalf
In the Arkansas River smaller relative numbers of this shiner were obtained.Fishes of Chautauqua, Cowley and Elk Counties, Kansas | Artie L. Metcalf
British Dictionary definitions for shiner
something that shines, such as a polishing device
any of numerous small North American freshwater cyprinid fishes of the genus Notropis and related genera, such as N. cornutus (common shiner) and Notemigonus crysoleucas (golden shiner)
a popular name for the mackerel
informal a black eye
NZ old-fashioned, informal a vagrant or tramp
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