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.

Definitions of glint
  1. noun
    a momentary flash of light
    synonyms: flicker, spark
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    flash
    a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
  2. noun
    a spatially localized brightness
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    brightness
    the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white
  3. verb
    be shiny, as if wet
    synonyms: gleam, glisten, glitter, shine
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    spangle
    glitter as if covered with spangles
    shimmer
    give off a shimmering reflection, as of silk
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    appear, look, seem
    give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
  4. verb
    throw a glance at; take a brief look at
    synonyms: glance, peek
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    look
    perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards
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