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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Perhaps from glent; GLANCE1

glint

1 verb
     
glint1 [intransitive]
1 if a shiny surface glints, it gives out small flashes of light [= sparkle]:
The gold rims of his spectacles glinted in the sun.
see usage note gleam1
2 if light glints off a surface, it shines back off it:
Sunlight glinted off the windows of a tall apartment building.
3 if your eyes glint, they shine and show an unfriendly feeling
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gleam, glint, glisten, glitter, glow
All these words mean 'to shine' but are used in slightly different ways.gleam is used especially of smooth clean surfaces that shine She polished the car until it gleamed. gleaming white teethglint means to shine brightly with a small flash of light. It is used especially of shiny metals Her jewellery glinted in the sun.glisten is used of wet or oily surfaces that shine The wet streets glistened.glitter means to shine brightly with many small flashes of light the glittering frostglow means to shine with a warm soft steady light. It is often used of things that give off heat The coal in the fireplace was still glowing.See also gleam

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