glisten

verb
glis·​ten | \ ˈgli-sᵊn How to pronounce glisten (audio) \
glistened; glistening\ ˈgli-​sᵊn-​iŋ How to pronounce glistening (audio) \

Definition of glisten

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intransitive verb

: to give off a sparkling or lustrous reflection of or as if of a moist or polished surface

glisten

noun

Definition of glisten (Entry 2 of 2)

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Verb

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

Examples of glisten in a Sentence

Verb Rain made the streets glisten. The streets glistened in the rain. Her eyes glistened with tears. a long beach of glistening sand
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Praia da Rocha, around two miles south of Portimão, is the town’s main beach boasting stunning red-rock cliffs and glistening water. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Rolling Loud Festival European Debut to Feature A$AP Rocky, Future, Wiz Khalifa & More," 5 Feb. 2020 From obnoxious furs to dresses that glisten, here are a few outfits that are best to wear to any New Year’s Eve party. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Best Outfits To Wear To Any New Year's Eve Party," 31 Dec. 2019 When Jewel and Tucker look into each other’s glistening eyes, all’s right with the movie world. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Old Man & the Gun’ Review: Brightening the Sunset Years," 27 Sep. 2018 This time, exchanging her nude glossy lip for a matte marron finish, pinning her honey blonde locks behind her ear, and glistening in Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Beyonce Is Giving Us The Holiday Hues," 18 Nov. 2019 Other standouts: Ava DuVernay in a high-neck princess look that glistened in Champagne gold crystals and sequins from Reem Acra. Leanne Italie, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pink and red combos, Hollywood gold on the Emmys carpet," 22 Sep. 2019 The float, which was 35 feet tall and 55 feet long, featured tamarin monkeys with bright orange hair made of layered marigold petals and toucans with glistening black seaweed feathers. Los Angeles Times, "Rose Parade celebrates diversity with Rita Moreno, Los Lobos and Maria from ‘Sesame Street’," 1 Jan. 2020 Wu sat in the cold near a hunk of glistening meat on display and waited for the people at the table to go to the bathroom and buy more cigarettes. Washington Post, "China has pain pill addicts too, but no one’s counting them," 31 Dec. 2019 With that famous song, sleigh rides and snowmen who magically come alive, so much of the cultural imagery associated with Christmas features a glistening carpet of snow. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "What Happens to White Christmases as the World Warms?," 23 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Magic is everywhere — not simply in the movie's narrative but in its design: drops of water glisten and sparkle, the sun breaks through the clouds with impossibly bright slivers of light, a prism of colors in brisk pinks, purples, and blues. Maya Phillips, TheWeek, "Weathering With You," 22 Jan. 2020 Exuding an air of power and sophistication, Mnonja literally sparkles from head to toe—her hair, makeup, jewelry, clothes, fingernails and shoes all glisten with rhinestones. Anne Showalter, Smithsonian, "The Fierce Pride and Passion of Rhinestone Fashion," 9 Aug. 2019 The fish should have a bit of a glisten to it and seem plump and firm. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appétit, "Can You Actually Swap Fish In a Recipe?," 1 Aug. 2019 The glisten sinks in a minute later and imparts a velvety texture to your skin, which made spreading on my mineral sunscreen afterward easy—no small feat. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Laneige's New Moisturizer Looks Like Whipped Cream for Your Face," 28 Sep. 2018 The sugars will caramelize until the ribs are dark brown, and the salty-spicy-sweet glaze will make the whole thing glisten. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "You’d Never Know These BBQ Ribs Were Cooked in the Instant Pot," 20 June 2018 Pale pink scrims of raw Hamachi ($16) glisten with bright plum sauce and pop with the sharp tang of pickled onion. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "At BLVD, you'll find approachable fine dining in a glamorous setting," 6 Oct. 2017 Picture a large Atlantic codfish: Her scales glisten and her chin whiskers are long. Ben Guarino, Anchorage Daily News, "We’re fishing exactly the wrong fish, scientists warn," 10 May 2018 Built in the 1930s, the crisp 165-foot boat glistens in bright white and shiny wood. Beth Spotswood, San Francisco Chronicle, "A cruise back in time on the ‘Floating White House’," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of glisten

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glisten

Verb and Noun

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

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The first known use of glisten was before the 12th century

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18 Feb 2020

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“Glisten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glisten. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for glisten

glisten

verb
How to pronounce glisten (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of glisten

: to shine with light reflected off a wet surface

glisten

verb
glis·​ten | \ ˈgli-sᵊn How to pronounce glisten (audio) \
glistened; glistening

Kids Definition of glisten

: to shine with a soft reflected light

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