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-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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