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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
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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Examples for glint
  • And through the gloom of the forest, one can already catch the glint of the bond-raiders sharpening their swords.
  • The walls glint gold in the late afternoon, as waves or particles of light scatter off the ancient bricks.
  • Well, maybe there was a little manic glint in the eyes.
  • And some have nothing more than the glint of sparklers.
  • Hold a candle under the greens, and there isn't a glint of oil.
  • The murals of the marble and granite lobby were restored, and the stainless steel eagles and spire regained their glint.
  • For the blind, there is a glint in the darkness: the possibility of artificial sight.
  • He was elegant in white papal robes and red cape, with a characteristic glint in his world-famous eyes.
  • And that glint of trouble is probably what has scared distributors away.
  • In the dim light they could see the glint of gold everywhere.
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
glint
1787, from Scottish, apparently an alteration of M.E. glenten "gleam, flash, glisten," from Scand. (cf. Norw. gletta "to look," dial. Swed. glinta "to shine"), from P.Gmc. *glent-, from PIE *ghlei- "to shine, glitter, glow, be warm" (see gleam). Introduced into Eng. by Burns.
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