glint
I. verb Etymology: Middle English, to dart obliquely, glint, alteration of glenten, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialect glänta to clear up; akin to Old High German glanz bright, Old English geolu yellow — more at yellow Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. a. archaic to glance off an object b. of rays of light to be reflected at an angle from a surface 2. to give off reflection in brilliant flashes; also gleam 3. to look quickly or briefly ; glance 4. to appear briefly or faintly transitive verb to cause to glint Synonyms: see flash II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a tiny bright flash of light 2. a brief or faint manifestation ; glimmer <
a glint of recognition
>
; also a trace of emotion expressed through the eyes <
a steely glint in his eye
>

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  • glint — /glint/, n. 1. a tiny, quick flash of light. 2. gleaming brightness; luster. 3. a brief or slight manifestation or occurrence; inkling; trace. v.i. 4. to shine with a glint. 5. to move suddenly; dart. v.t. 6. to cause to glint; reflect. [1400 50; …   Universalium

  • Glint — (gl[i^]nt), n. [OE. glent.] A glimpse, glance, or gleam. [Scot.] He saw a glint of light. Ramsay. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Glint — Glint, v. t. To glance; to turn; as, to glint the eye. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • glint — [glint] vi. [ME glenten, prob. < Scand, as in Swed dial glänta, akin to MHG glinzen, to glint, Ger glänzen, to shine < IE * ghlendh < base * ĝhel , to shine > GLOW, GLASS] 1. to shine or reflect with intermittent flashes of light;… …   English World dictionary

  • Glint — Glint, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Glinted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Glinting}.] [OE. glenten. Cf. {Glance}, v. i., {Glitter}, v. i.] To glance; to peep forth, as a flower from the bud; to glitter. Burns. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • glint — 1787, from Scottish, where apparently it survived as an alteration of M.E. glenten gleam, flash, glisten (mid 15c.), from a Scandinavian source (Cf. Norw. gletta to look, dial. Swed. glinta to shine ), from P.Gmc. *glent , from PIE *ghel to shine …   Etymology dictionary

  • glint — vb glance, gleam, *flash, sparkle, glitter, glisten, scintillate, coruscate, twinkle …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • glint — [n] sparkle flash, glance, gleam, glimmer, glitter, look, shine, trace, twinkle; concepts 411,624,628 …   New thesaurus

  • glint — ► VERB ▪ give out or reflect small flashes of light. ► NOUN ▪ a small flash of light, especially a reflected one. ORIGIN originally in the sense «move quickly or obliquely»: variant of dialect glent, probably Scandinavian …   English terms dictionary

  • glint — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 flash of light ADJECTIVE ▪ metallic VERB + GLINT ▪ catch, see ▪ Among the trees I caught a glint of blue. PREPOSITION …   Collocations dictionary

  • glint — glint1 [ glınt ] verb intransitive 1. ) to shine with quick flashes of light 2. ) if someone s eyes glint, they show a strong emotion such as anger glint glint 2 [ glınt ] noun count 1. ) a quick flash of light 2. ) a sudden quick appearance of a …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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