Definition of shining in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃʌɪnɪŋ/


1Giving out or reflecting bright light: a shining expanse of water
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  • Through the window, he was not surprised to see the sun was shining.
  • Light bounded off the lake, streamed across the high white ceilings, puddled on the shining wooden floors.
  • Christ in darkest night Has risen in shining glory.
2Brilliant or excellent at something: he has set a shining example with his model behaviour
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  • The cloud of opinions makes me look for some shining facts.
  • Elsewhere in the technology sector, few rays of hope are shining through.
  • The only way to decide is through the shining ether of time.



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  • He wears the outfit of the young man about town, jeans, a colourful t-shirt, shiningly bright white trainers, a thick silver chain round his neck and one on his wrist, but there is a depth, too.
  • Nearby, hucksters sell postcards of the skyline, in which the towers remain shiningly intact.
  • With industries closing and population falling, the economic and demographic realities of the north-west are not shiningly positive.
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