self-shining

shining

[shahy-ning]
adjective
1.
radiant; gleaming; bright.
2.
resplendent; brilliant: shining talents.
3.
conspicuously fine: a shining example.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English s(c)hininge, schininde, Old English scinende; see shine1, -ing2

shiningly, adverb
self-shining, adjective
unshining, adjective


1. glistening, effulgent. See bright. 2. lustrous. 3. outstanding, distinguished, eminent, prime, splendid.
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Word Origin & History

shine
O.E. scinan "shed light, be radiant" (class I strong verb; past tense scan, pp. scinen), from P.Gmc. *skinanan (cf. O.S., O.H.G. skinan, O.N., O.Fris. skina, Du. schijnen, Ger. scheinen, Goth. skeinan "to shine, appear"), from PIE base *skai- "to gleam, shine, flicker" (cf. O.C.S. snati "to flash up,
shine;" Skt. chaya, Gk. skia "shade"). Transitive meaning "to black (boots)" is from 1613.

shine
1529, "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 Amer.Eng. slang from 1839. Shiner for "black eye" first recorded 1904
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