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glint in (one's) eye(s)

1. A brief and subtle expression in one's eye(s) indicating a hidden or secret emotion, agenda, idea, plan, etc. She said that she was happy for both of them, but I knew by the glint in her eye that she despised Mark's new girlfriend. My father, with a glint in his eyes, told me that I would get the best present after the party was over.
2. A person or thing that has been planned or discussed but has not yet come into being. Jonathan says he's going to write the great American novel, but it's just a glint in his eye at this point. I knew your parents back when you were just a glint in their eyes.
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glint with something

to sparkle or shine with something. Her bright eyes glinted with the sunlight. The crystal goblet glinted with the orange firelight.
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Scientists won't necessarily see glints from every distant planet that has liquids or ice.
But these sun glints are important because, if we saw an extrasolar planet which had glints that popped up periodically, we would know that we were seeing lakes, oceans or other large bodies of liquid, such as water," said Drake Deming, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
The researchers expected to see the sun glints but were surprised by the intensity and small focus of some," said Goddard's Richard K.
Glints appeared over oceans, most likely in relatively calm patches, and over a few land masses, probably caused by large inland lakes.
Barry, who is leading the Earth-glint research effort, is putting together a catalog that will relate each glint to an exact location on Earth.
Later, they discovered they had recorded glints of light reflected from a Soviet satellite (SN: 6/20/87, p.
Continuum Complete 3 lets users create high-end visual effects with over 50 new powerful filters including Lens Flare, Glint, Glare, DeGrain, Match Grain, DeNoise, DeInterlace, Optical Flow, Motion Blur, Glow Matte, Wire Remover, Witness Protection and dozens more.
Furthermore, a study of the optical properties of that satellite indicates that it is capable of making such glints.
1) PERFscope(TM) extends the standard Windows NT graphical performance monitoring tool, Perfmon, to collect and display key information about GLINT utilization in real time.
3) GLINTscope(TM), similar to GLscope, this tool displays an easy-to-read interpreted trace of all register accesses being made to GLINT to assist in debugging and optimization.
Not only does GLINT provide exceptional rendering performance for the PC, but the 3Dlabs performance analysis tools assist Gemini and our end users in harnessing that performance directly from our applications.
The 3Dlabs performance analysis tools are invaluable as we work to integrate high performance 3D acceleration into our customers' applications using the 3Demon(TM) family of GLINT accelerators," said Huling Parker, President of Omnicomp Graphics Corporation.
ELSA's GLoria(TM) graphics board is a single-slot solution that combines our unique 3D drivers for Windows(R), Windows NT(TM) and OS/2(R) with both an S3 Vision 968 and a GLINT 300SX.
To support advanced CAD and visualization applications, the GLINT 300SX provides 100% of the OpenGL rendering operations in silicon -- including 32-bit color support, Gouraud shading and depth buffering.
Currently, over 40 companies have incorporated GLINT into their 3D products and GLINT is recognized as the industry-standard accelerator architecture for high-performance 3D graphics on the PC.