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glisten

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verb glis·ten \ˈgli-sən\

Simple Definition of glisten

  • : to shine with light reflected off a wet surface

Full Definition of glisten

glis·tenedglis·ten·ing play \ˈgli-sən-iŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to give off a sparkling or lustrous reflection of or as if of a moist or polished surface

Examples of glisten

  1. Rain made the streets glisten.

  2. The streets glistened in the rain.

  3. Her eyes glistened with tears.

  4. a long beach of glistening sand



Origin of glisten

Middle English glistnen, from Old English glisnian; akin to Old English glisian to glitter, geolu yellow — more at yellow


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of glisten

flash, gleam, glint, sparkle, glitter, glisten, glimmer, shimmer mean to send forth light. flash implies a sudden outburst of bright light <lightning flashed>. gleam suggests a steady light seen through an obscuring medium or against a dark background <lights gleamed in the valley>. glint implies a cold glancing light <glinting steel>. sparkle suggests innumerable moving points of bright light <the sparkling waters>. glitter connotes a brilliant sparkling or gleaming <glittering diamonds>. glisten applies to the soft sparkle from a wet or oily surface <glistening wet sidewalk>. glimmer suggests a faint or wavering gleam <a distant glimmering light>. shimmer means shining with a wavering light <a shimmering satin dress>.

Rhymes with glisten


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glisten

noun glis·ten

Definition of glisten



1840

First Known Use of glisten

1840



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