glisten

verb
glis·ten | \ˈgli-sᵊn \
glistened; glistening\ˈgli-sᵊn-iŋ \

Definition of glisten 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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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After Friday, the daily influx of dozens of boats and thousands of visitors unsuccessfully scrambling for an unspoiled view of Maya Bay’s emerald waters and glistening white sand will end. Tassanee Vejpongsa, USA TODAY, "Ailing Thai beach made famous by Hollywood closes to tourism," 1 June 2018 The result is a glistening roll with a sweet, buttery, cheesy aroma. Frank Rizzo, courant.com, "Faves & Raves: On A Roll: Max Downtown's Parker House Rolls," 29 Apr. 2018 On a day lost to history, some fortuitous humans found a glistening meteorite, mostly iron and nickel, that had barreled through the atmosphere and crashed into the ground. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 The subject's eyes will appear to be glistening. 7. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Suburban 7: Outdoor photo hacks from a professional photographer," 3 July 2018 On the outskirts of Mexico City, for example, the walls of homes glisten with fresh coats of paint, while trucks carrying rooftop cisterns roll into communities with water shortages, compliments of political parties vying for votes. Danny Hakim, New York Times, "Mexico’s Hardball Politics Get Even Harder as PRI Fights to Hold On to Power," 24 June 2018 Smith’s honeyed tenor absolutely glistened — overshadowed only by a falsetto for days. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "Review: Did Sam Smith and his sad songs find a way to send Charlotte fans home happy?," 7 July 2018 Like her Dutch predecessors, Duennebier’s glistening realism captures bounty and menace, allure and mortification. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Pushing Painting’ presents the medium’s possibilities," 20 June 2018 On Thursday morning, Justify galloped over the Belmont surface for the first time, his copper coat glistening, heavily muscled. Tim Layden, SI.com, "Justify Attempts to Earn Triple Crown at Belmont With Less Narrative, Faded Anticipation," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The Stila and Onomie have formulas on the moister side, which covers your highlighter base with a healthy-looking glisten. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Call Me Crazy, But I Can't Stop Wearing Brown Blush," 23 Apr. 2018 Gold accents, such as a gold soap dish, glisten throughout the bathroom. Jason Wilson, chicagotribune.com, "What I learned about America's future from visiting Trump resorts around the world," 14 Mar. 2018 But, as its title implies, much of Man of the Woods also comes with the moonshine-and-mason-jar glisten of country, blues and folk. Nina Braca, Billboard, "Justin Timberlake's 'Man of the Woods': What Critics Are Saying," 2 Feb. 2018 Saffitz wanted the same glisten that Tartine's had under the light, upped the cardamom as a nod to Scandinavian tradition, and emulated the plethora of spots adding whole wheat into their flour mix. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "We Want to Eat These Morning Buns for the Rest of Our Lives," 30 Apr. 2017

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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

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

Noun

see glisten entry 1

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More Definitions for glisten

glisten

verb

English Language Learners Definition of glisten

: to shine with light reflected off a wet surface

glisten

verb
glis·ten | \ˈgli-sᵊn \
glistened; glistening

Kids Definition of glisten

: to shine with a soft reflected light

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