glint

A glint is a brief flash or flicker of light. You might enjoy gazing at the glint of light on the water as you lie on the beach in the summer time.

You can use the word glint as a noun or a verb: your brother's braces might glint in the afternoon sun, and freshly fallen snow sometimes glints under streetlamps at night. Glint is a Scottish word, first coined in the late 1700s, that comes from the Middle English glenten, "gleam, flash, or glisten." Its ultimate root is Scandinavian, possibly from the same root as the word glass.

Primary Meanings of glint

1.
nv
a momentary flash of light
be shiny, as if wet
2.
v
throw a glance at; take a brief look at
Full Definitions of glint
1

n a momentary flash of light

Synonyms:
flicker, spark
Type of:
flash
a sudden intense burst of radiant energy

n a spatially localized brightness

Type of:
brightness
the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white

v be shiny, as if wet

Synonyms:
gleam, glisten, glitter, shine
Types:
spangle
glitter as if covered with spangles
shimmer
give off a shimmering reflection, as of silk
Type of:
appear, look, seem
give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
2

v throw a glance at; take a brief look at

Synonyms:
glance, peek
Type of:
look
perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards

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