Definition of glint verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    glint

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɡlɪnt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡlɪnt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they glint
    BrE BrE//ɡlɪnt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡlɪnt//
     
    he / she / it glints
    BrE BrE//ɡlɪnts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡlɪnts//
     
    past simple glinted
    BrE BrE//ˈɡlɪntɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡlɪntɪd//
     
    past participle glinted
    BrE BrE//ˈɡlɪntɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡlɪntɪd//
     
    -ing form glinting
    BrE BrE//ˈɡlɪntɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡlɪntɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to produce small bright flashes of light The sea glinted in the moonlight. The sun glinted on the windows. Synonymsshinegleam glow sparkle glisten shimmer glitter twinkle glintThese words all mean to produce or reflect light.shine to produce or reflect light, especially brightly:The sun was shining and the sky was blue.gleam to shine with a clear bright or pale light, especially a reflected light:Moonlight gleamed on the water.glow (often of something hot or warm) to produce a dull steady light:The end of his cigarette glowed red.sparkle to shine brightly with small flashes of light:The diamonds sparkled in the light.glisten (of something wet) to shine:The road glistened wet after the rain.shimmer to shine with a soft light that seems to shake slightly:Everything seemed to shimmer in the heat.glitter to shine brightly with small flashes of reflected light:The ceiling of the cathedral glittered with gold.sparkle or glitter?There is very little difference in meaning between these two words. Glitter can sometimes suggest a lack of depth, but this is more frequent in the figurative use of glitter as a noun:the superficial glitter of show business. Sparkle is also often used to talk about light reflected off a surface, but things that produce light can also sparkle:Stars sparkled in the sky.twinkle to shine with a light that changes rapidly from bright to faint to bright again:Stars twinkled in the sky.glint to give small bright flashes of reflected light:The blade of the knife glinted in the darkness.Patterns to shine/​gleam/​sparkle/​glisten/​shimmer/​glitter/​glint on something to shine/​gleam/​glow/​sparkle/​glisten/​shimmer/​glitter/​twinkle/​glint with something to shine/​gleam/​sparkle/​glisten/​shimmer/​glitter/​glint in the sunlight to shine/​gleam/​glisten/​shimmer/​glitter/​glint in the moonlight the stars shine/​sparkle/​glitter/​twinkle somebody’s eyes shine/​gleam/​glow/​sparkle/​glisten/​glitter/​twinkle/​glint to shine/​gleam/​glow/​glitter brightly to shine/​gleam/​glow/​shimmer softly
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. if a person’s eyes glint with a particular emotion, or an emotion glints in a person’s eyes, the person shows that emotion, which is usually a strong one Her eyes glinted angrily. Hostility glinted in his eyes.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘move quickly or obliquely’): variant of dialect glent, probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Swedish dialect glänta, glinta ‘to slip, slide, gleam’.Extra examples Her eyes glinted with amusement. His eyes glinted angrily. A flash of a blade glinted in the darkness. Amusement glinted in his eyes. Her glasses were glinting in the firelight.
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