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glisten

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verb glis·ten \ˈgli-sən\

Definition of glisten

glistened

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glistening

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  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 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

Origin and Etymology 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

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glisten

noun glis·ten

Definition of glisten

Origin and Etymology of glisten

see 1glisten


First Known Use: 1840


GLISTEN Defined for English Language Learners

glisten

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Definition of glisten for English Language Learners

  • : to shine with light reflected off a wet surface


GLISTEN Defined for Kids

glisten

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verb glis·ten \ˈgli-sən\

Definition of glisten for Students

glistened

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glistening

  1. :  to shine with a soft reflected light



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