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glint

[glint] /glɪnt/
noun
1.
a tiny, quick flash of light.
2.
gleaming brightness; luster.
3.
a brief or slight manifestation or occurrence; inkling; trace.
verb (used without object)
4.
to shine with a glint.
5.
to move suddenly; dart.
verb (used with object)
6.
to cause to glint; reflect.
Origin of glint
late Middle English
Swedish dialect
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English glint, variant of obsolete glent; compare Danish glente, Swedish dialect glänta to glimpse, brighten
Synonyms
1. gleam, glimmer. 4. See flash.
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  • Ann, interpretative, dressed her in snow-white tulle with here and there a glint of silver.

    Kenny Leona Dalrymple
  • With the first glint of dawn I heard steps outside the hut; but I did not stir.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • He made out men in dress clothes sitting here and there and the glint of nymph-like forms passing from place to place, springily.

    The Sins of the Children Cosmo Hamilton
  • The wolf had seen the glint of her pistol barrel and had fled.

    Out of the Depths Robert Ames Bennet
  • But for the glint of the eye, he would have failed to discover it at all.

    Harley Greenoak's Charge Bertram Mitford
  • Dufrenne looked grave, and a glint of anger came into his eyes.

    The Ivory Snuff Box Arnold Fredericks
  • Carney was thinking fast, and a glint of light shot athwart his placid gray eyes.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • He looked through his field-glasses, and caught the glint of an officer's sword.

    Soldiers Three, Part II. Rudyard Kipling
  • In the autumn the whole wood is full of the click and glint of the winged seeds.

    California Mary Austin
British Dictionary definitions for glint

glint

/ɡlɪnt/
verb
1.
to gleam or cause to gleam brightly
noun
2.
a bright gleam or flash
3.
brightness or gloss
4.
a brief indication
Word Origin
C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish dialect glänta, glinta to gleam
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Word Origin and History for glint
v.

1787, from Scottish, where apparently it survived as an alteration of Middle English glenten "gleam, flash, glisten" (mid-15c.), from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian gletta "to look," dialectal Swedish glinta "to shine"), from Proto-Germanic *glent-, from PIE *ghel- "to shine, glitter, glow, be warm" (see glass). Reintroduced into literary English by Burns. Related: Glinted; glinting.

n.

1540s (modern use from 1826), from glint (v.).

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