Shine

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Origin and Meaning of Shine

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  • A submission from India says the name Shine means "Light" and is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Shine
Senses
  1. To emit rays of light; to give light; to beam with steady radiance; to exhibit brightness or splendor; as, the sun shines by day; the moon shines by night. "Hyperion's quickening fire doth shine." [Shak.]"God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Cghrist." [2 Cor. iv. 6.]"Let thine eyes shine forth in their full luster." [Denham.]
  2. To be bright by reflection of light; to gleam; to be glossy; as, to shine like polished silver.
  3. To be effulgent in splendor or beauty."So proud she shinedin her princely state." [Spenser.]"Once brightest shined this child of heat and air." [Pope.]
  4. To be eminent, conspicuous, or distinguished; to exhibit brilliant intellectual powers; as, to shine in courts; to shine in conversation."Few are qualified to shine in company; but it in most men's power to be agreeable." [Swift.]

Etymology: OE. shinen schinen, AS. scīnan; akin to D. schijnen, OFries. skīna, OS. & OHG. scīnan, G. scheinen, Icel. skīna, Sw. skina, Dan. skinne, Goth. skeinan, and perh. to Gr. ��� shadow. √157. Cf. Sheer pure, and Shimmer

verb Shine
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  1. To cause to shine, as a light.(Obs)"He [God] doth not rain wealth, nor shine honor and virtues, upon men equally." [Bacon.]
  2. To make bright; to cause to shine by reflected light; as, in hunting, to shine the eyes of a deer at night by throwing a light on them.(U. S)
noun Shine
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  1. The quality or state of shining; brightness; luster, gloss; polish; sheen."Now sits not girt with taper's holy shine." [Milton.]"Fair opening to some court's propitious shine." [Pope.]"The distant shine of the celestial city." [Hawthorne.]
  2. Sunshine; fair weather."Be it fair or foul, or rain or shine." [Dryden.]
  3. A liking for a person; a fancy.(Slang, U.S)
  4. Caper; antic; row.(Slang)
adjective Shine
Shining; sheen.

Etymology: AS. scīn. See Shine (v. i.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
  2. Make (a surface) shine ("shine the silver, please")
  3. Experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion
  4. Have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink
  5. Be shiny, as if wet
  6. Touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly
  7. Be clear and obvious
  8. Be distinguished or eminent ("His talent shines")
  9. Throw or flash the light of (a lamp) ("Shine the light on that window, please")
  10. Emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light
  11. Be bright by reflecting or casting light
Wiktionary

From Middle English shinen, schinen (preterite schon, past participle schinen), from Old English scīnan ("to shine, flash; be resplendent"; preterite scān, past participle scinen), from Proto-Germanic *skīnaną (“to shine”). Cognate with West Frisian skine, skyne, Low German schienen, Dutch schijnen, German scheinen, Danish and Norwegian Bokmål skinne, Norwegian Nynorsk and Swedish skina.

  1. Brightness from a source of light.
  2. Brightness from reflected light.
  3. Excellence in quality or appearance.
  4. Shoeshine.
  5. Sunshine.
  6. (slang) Moonshine.
  7. (cricket) The amount of shininess on a cricket ball, or on each side of the ball.
  8. (slang) A liking for a person; a fancy.
    She's certainly taken a to you.
  9. (archaic, slang) A caper; an antic; a row.

In Middle English the most standard forms are[1]:

  1. Brightness from a source of light.
  2. Brightness from reflected light.
  3. Excellence in quality or appearance.
  4. Shoeshine.
  5. Sunshine.
  6. (slang) Moonshine.
  7. (cricket) The amount of shininess on a cricket ball, or on each side of the ball.
  8. (slang) A liking for a person; a fancy.
    She's certainly taken a to you.
  9. (archaic, slang) A caper; an antic; a row.
  • present: shīnen
  • simple past: (singular) shōne, (plural) shīneden
  • past participle: shīned
  1. Brightness from a source of light.
  2. Brightness from reflected light.
  3. Excellence in quality or appearance.
  4. Shoeshine.
  5. Sunshine.
  6. (slang) Moonshine.
  7. (cricket) The amount of shininess on a cricket ball, or on each side of the ball.
  8. (slang) A liking for a person; a fancy.
    She's certainly taken a to you.
  9. (archaic, slang) A caper; an antic; a row.

The form shīned(e) had already appeared as an alternative past singular at this time, although only in Northern English usage. There is no recorded use of shōne as an alternative past participle in Middle English.

  1. Brightness from a source of light.
  2. Brightness from reflected light.
  3. Excellence in quality or appearance.
  4. Shoeshine.
  5. Sunshine.
  6. (slang) Moonshine.
  7. (cricket) The amount of shininess on a cricket ball, or on each side of the ball.
  8. (slang) A liking for a person; a fancy.
    She's certainly taken a to you.
  9. (archaic, slang) A caper; an antic; a row.

From the noun shine, or perhaps continuing Middle English schinen (preterite schinede, past participle schined), from Old English scīn (“brightness, shine”), and also Middle English schenen, from Old English scǣnan (“to render brilliant, make shine”), from Proto-Germanic *skainijaną, causitive of *skīnaną (“to shine”).

    shine was also found in the following language(s): Irish and Japanese

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    Shine Tom Chacko is an actor, assistant director, and film actor. He has had major accomplishments since 2011. Shine was born on September 15th, 1983 in Chalakudy, Kerala, India.

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    She was most prominent from 1985 to present. Shine was given the name Shine Begho Usanga on September 15th, 1985 in Delta State.

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    He was most active from 1929 to 1988. Bill was given the name Wilfred William Dennis Shine on October 20th, 1911 in London. He left this life on July 24th, 1997.

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    Abrid Shine is a photographer, screenwriter, and film director. His most notable accomplishments were from 2013 to present.

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    Donie Shine is an athlete for the Clan na Gael (disambiguation). Donie was born in Republic of Ireland.

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    Fabienne Shine is a rock, heavy metal, and heavy metal music musician. Fabienne was given the name Fabienne Essaïgh .

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    Kia Shine is a hip hop music rapper, record producer, songwriter, and rapping. His ongoing career started in 1998. Kia was given the name Nakia Shine Coleman on October 17th, 1980. Kia is also known as Nakia Shine, Kinfolk Jones, and Kinfolk Kia Shine.

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    Brendan Shine is a folk music of ireland musician. He plays Vocals and accordion. His ongoing career started in 1963. Brendan was born on June 6th, 1947 in Athlone Ireland.

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Shine U.S.
      White 58.65% 64.26%
      African American 34.34% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.96% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.19% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.24% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.62% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Shine

    • How Popular is the name Shine? Shine is the 25,530th most popular name of all time. As a last name Shine was the 5,595th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Shine have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 221 babies born with the first name Shine in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shine to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shine? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1994 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Shine first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shine is Friday, July 4th, 1884.
    • What year had the most people named Shine born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shine was in 2017 with a total of 14 babies.
    • Random Shine Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shine is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name as you in 2016.
    • Weird things about the name Shine: Your name in reverse order is Enihs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Einsh. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Shine? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 6,217 people with the last name Shine.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shine? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Shine as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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