- shingle oak,
- shining cuckoo,
Origin of shining
verb (used without object), shone or shined, shin·ing.
verb (used with object), shone or shined, shin·ing.
Verb Phrases past and past participle shone or shined; present participle shin·ing.
- to attempt to impress (a person), especially in order to gain benefits for oneself.
- to become especially attentive to (one of the opposite sex): Men shine up to her like moths to a light.
Origin of shine1
Examples from the Web for shining
As Randy notes, “Maybe there is a value in shining a light on this and asking the questions.”Your Husband Is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism|Samantha Allen|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This award is fought over tooth-and-nail each year by political consultants from sea to shining sea.The Strangest, Cheesiest, Most Brazenly False Political Ads of 2014|Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They were, if you believed the Soviet propaganda machine, a shining example of communism at work.Putin’s Hockey Pal Tells All: Slava Fetisov on ‘Red Army,’ Soviet Nostalgia, and What Drives Putin|Marlow Stern|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Call it LANifest destiny: the sense the Internet should be available, everywhere, from sea to shining sea.
Tonight, millions of Americans from sea to shining sea will gasp at a night sky filled with brilliant colors and loud explosions.
With shining eyes, Crochard dropped on one knee beside his adversary, and bent for a moment above the body.The Destroyer|Burton Egbert Stevenson
Twinkling, shining, expanding, the stars grew into a pair of eyes in the darkness.Camps and Trails|Henry Abbott
The stars were shining when we came out on the terrace, and the waning moon still hung its crescent overhead.From Egypt to Japan|Henry M. Field
Mary sat with shining eyes in the front row of wooden chairs.Langford of the Three Bars|Kate Boyles
It was a luminous, shining mist—and it was gathering into form!Astounding Stories, April, 1931|Various
verb shines, shining or shone
- whatever the weather
- regardless of circumstances
Word Origin for shine
Old English scinan "shed light, be radiant, be resplendent, iluminate," of persons, "be conspicuous" (class I strong verb; past tense scan, past participle scinen), from Proto-Germanic *skinan (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German skinan, Old Norse and Old Frisian skina, Dutch schijnen, German scheinen, Gothic skeinan "to shine, appear"), from PIE root *skai- (2) "to gleam, shine, flicker" (cf. Sanskrit chaya "brilliance, luster; shadow," Greek skia "shade," Old Church Slavonic sinati "to flash up, shine," Albanian he "shadow"). Transitive meaning "to black (boots)" is from 1610s. Related: Shined (in the shoe polish sense), otherwise shone; shining.
1520s, "brightness," from shine (v.). Meaning "polish given to a pair of boots" is from 1871. Derogatory meaning "black person" is from 1908. Phrase to take a shine to "fancy" is American English slang from 1839, perhaps from shine up to "attempt to please as a suitor." Shiner is from late 14c. as "something that shines;" sense of "black eye" first recorded 1904.
In addition to the idiom beginning with shine
- shine up to
- make hay while the sun shines
- rain or shine
- rise and shine
- take a fancy (shine) to