Definition of shiner in English:


Syllabification: shin·er
Pronunciation: /ˈSHīnər


1A thing that shines or reflects light: moonlight blanked the weakest shiners, but the more powerful stars were gleaming
1.1 [in combination] A person or thing that polishes something: shoeshiners
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  • Add a drop or two of silicone shiner to a quarter-sized amount of gel.
  • He was strong and hard against me, for such a pale-faced, freckly-armed shiner of the shoes.
  • It looks like we'll have to use the scale shiner again.
2 informal A black eye.
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  • She smiled and looked to him then back to me, ‘You look worse, but I'm glad he will have a nice shiner and a lot of bruises.’
  • So when he appeared outside the dressing room on Saturday afternoon sporting a glorious shiner it seemed there might be yet another unedifying tale of late-night revelry to tell.
  • I've been receiving symbolic shiners, charley horses and swollen jaws since I first picked up a mic and joked into it.
3A small silvery North American freshwater fish of the minnow family that typically has colorful markings.
  • Notropis and other genera, family Cyprinidae: several species
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  • Baitfish comprise the minnows, shiners, and chubs.
  • Like all surfperch, shiners are viviparous, that is, they do not lay eggs but bear live young.
  • The blacknose shiner was collected, preserved, and identified by three individuals.

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