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glisten

verb glis·ten \ ˈgli-sᵊn \

Definition of glisten

glistened; glistening play \ˈgli-sᵊn-iŋ\
intransitive verb
:to give off a sparkling or lustrous reflection of or as if of a moist or polished surface

Examples of glisten in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of glisten

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

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

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glisten

noun

Definition of glisten

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Origin and Etymology of glisten


GLISTEN Defined for English Language Learners

glisten

verb

Definition of glisten for English Language Learners

  • : to shine with light reflected off a wet surface


GLISTEN Defined for Kids

glisten

verb glis·ten \ ˈgli-sᵊn \

Definition of glisten for Students

glistened; glistening
:to shine with a soft reflected light


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