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1. A momentary flash of light; a sparkle: a glint of sunlight through the clouds.
2. A faint or fleeting indication; a trace: a glint of suspicion on his face.
intr.v. glint·ed, glint·ing, glints
1. To gleam or give out small flashes of light, usually by reflection: Her glasses glinted in the sunlight. See Synonyms at flash.
2. To be reflected in small flashes: The moon glinted on the lake.

[Middle English glent, of Scandinavian origin; see ghel- in Indo-European roots.]
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Adj.1.glinting - having brief brilliant points or flashes of lightglinting - having brief brilliant points or flashes of light; "bugle beads all aglitter"; "glinting eyes"; "glinting water"; "his glittering eyes were cold and malevolent"; "shop window full of glittering Christmas trees"; "glittery costume jewelry"; "scintillant mica"; "the scintillating stars"; "a dress with sparkly sequins"; "`glistering' is an archaic term"
bright - emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts; "the sun was bright and hot"; "a bright sunlit room"
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Pulling out the sword with his disengaged hand, he flung it from him, the moonlight glinting upon the jewels of its hilt and the unsullied steel of its blade.
We saw nothing but the gas lamps, of course--two-thirds of a circle, skirting the great Bay--a necklace of diamonds glinting up through the darkness from the remote distance--less brilliant than the stars overhead, but more softly, richly beautiful--and over all the great city the lights crossed and recrossed each other in many and many a sparkling line and curve.
Long, glinting dragonflies shot across the path, or hung tremulous with gauzy wings and gleaming bodies.
The sun was lying low in the west and shooting its level rays across the long sweep of rich green country, glinting on the white-fleeced sheep and throwing long shadows from the red kine who waded knee-deep in the juicy clover.
Round the corner of the narrow street there came rushing a brace of whining dogs with tails tucked under their legs, and after them a white-faced burgher, with outstretched hands and wide-spread fingers, his hair all abristle and his eyes glinting back from one shoulder to the other, as though some great terror were at his very heels.
Grovetown church clock struck four; looking up, I beheld the last of that day's sun, glinting red through the leafless boughs of some very old oak trees surrounding the church--its light coloured and characterized the picture as I wished.
He emptied the hundred gold pieces into her lap in a glinting, tinkling stream.
Yes, it was the Rigi-Kulm hotel--the one that occupies the extreme summit, and whose remote little sparkle of lights we had often seen glinting high aloft among the stars from our balcony away down yonder in Lucerne.
Huck was already upon his watch when the ferry- boat's lights went glinting past the wharf.
WEDDING bands were glinting on the hands of George Clooney and his new bride Amal Alamuddin yesterday as they emerged from the luxury hotel in Venice where they were married a day earlier.
London, Apr 10 ( ANI ): NASA has revealed that the bright light that features in a photo from the surface of Mars taken by its Curiosity rover is not some kind of luminous alien, but it is "likely a glinting rock or cosmic-ray hit".
silver penumbra of grief and time, glinting like the rusty metal