- a simple past tense and past participle of shine1.
- to give forth or glow with light; shed or cast light.
- to be bright with reflected light; glisten; sparkle.
- (of light) to appear brightly or strongly, especially uncomfortably so: Wear dark glasses so the sun won't shine in your eyes.
- to be or appear unusually animated or bright, as the eyes or face.
- to appear with brightness or clearness, as feelings.
- to excel or be conspicuous: to shine in school.
- to cause to shine.
- to direct the light of (a lamp, mirror, etc.): Shine the flashlight on the steps so I can see.
- to put a gloss or polish on; polish (as shoes, silverware, etc.).
- radiance or brightness caused by emitted or reflected light.
- luster; polish.
- sunshine; fair weather.
- a polish or gloss given to shoes.
- an act or instance of polishing shoes.
- Informal. a foolish prank; caper.
- Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.
- shine up to, Informal.
- 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.
- come rain or shine,
- regardless of the weather.
- no matter what the circumstances may be: Come rain or shine, he is always on the job.
- take a shine to, Informal. to take a liking or fancy to: That little girl has really taken a shine to you.
Origin of shine1
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Related Wordsdazzle, burn, illuminate, glisten, beam, twinkle, gleam, flash, shimmer, blink, flicker, sparkle, radiate, glare, glitter, glow, rub, incandesce, luminesce, illumine
Examples from the Web for shone
Shepherds abiding in the field” saw colorful Christmas lights that “shone round about them.Keep Christmas Commercialized!
P. J. O’Rourke
December 6, 2014
But how could you a call a signature talent that shone for more than four decades in show business tiresome?Billy Crystal's Tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmys Was Perfect
August 26, 2014
There was no mistaking what shone undimmed in her unseeing eyes and all the rest of her.Killed by Donald Sterling’s Racism
May 14, 2014
Shawn shone in ivory-colored silk, and she spoke her vows bravely to Justice of the Peace Bill Bailey, who presided.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Richard Ben Cramer
January 11, 2014
Perry informed the listening public that they shone “even brighter than the moon, moon, moon.”The Rise of Selfie Pop: Why Songs About Self-Esteem Are All the Rage
December 3, 2013
For that one moment the despair that was in him shone in his eyes.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
In the latter's eyes, for the first time, shone a real and ungrudging admiration.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The roads were frozen hard, and shone like silver in the ruts.Tiverton Tales
It was the same—the same face that shone across me in that hour of pain!Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Last of all, Venus shone upon him, beautiful as none can ever hope to be.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
- the past tense and past participle of shine
- (intr) to emit light
- (intr) to glow or be bright with reflected light
- (tr) to direct the light of (a lamp, etc)he shone the torch in my eyes
- (tr; past tense and past participle shined) to cause to gleam by polishingto shine shoes
- (intr) to be conspicuously competent; excelshe shines at tennis
- (intr) to appear clearly; be conspicuousthe truth shone out of his words
- the state or quality of shining; sheen; lustre
- rain or shine or come rain or shine
- whatever the weather
- regardless of circumstances
- informal short for moonshine (def. 2)
- informal a liking or fancy (esp in the phrase take a shine to)
Word Origin and History for shone
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.
Idioms and Phrases with shone
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