glisten

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

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One of the first items that grabs your attention is an oblong table that was recently finished with a polyurethane that glistens and feels like silk. Greg Burnett, cleveland, "A Piece of Cleveland offers just what the name says, except this time, it’s in the form of nature’s beauty," 3 Nov. 2019 And Gigi Hadid is perfect evidence of it, shown here, walking down the runway in a lacy black teddy and matching over-the-knee stockings (and, for added dramatic effect, pearly Madonna tears glistening down her cheeks). Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Looks Heavenly, Plus More Shoppable Looks from Rihanna's Iconic NYFW Show," 18 Sep. 2019 Good morning from glistening Fuxian lake in China’s southern Yunnan province, where Fortune is hosting the opening session of its inaugural Global Sustainability Forum. David Meyer, Fortune, "Dow Chemical’s Sustainability Drive: CEO Daily," 4 Sep. 2019 And yet, the grand world Bo yearns for is kinda boring: Meticulous trees on videogame-background mountainscapes, a freeway programmed for order, a small town square as glistening and generic as Main Street, USA. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "From Spider-Man to Midsommar, 10 movies to see this Fourth of July weekend," 5 July 2019 Thirteen acres of lush vines cascade down toward Lake Hennessey, glistening a particularly vivid shade of turquoise. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Bryant Estate legal fight offers glimpse into ‘cult’ wineries’ secretive world," 18 June 2019 Like glistening human candy, their skin shines a glossy pink, their cheeks blush rose and their hair radiates sunny yellow. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Ruby Neri sculpts flamboyant, fearless, nakedly female figures," 7 June 2019 On the day of my visit, just before the end of the local salmon season, four bins of glistening salmon were waiting to be processed, each bin holding 900 pounds of fish. Georgeanne Brennan, The Mercury News, "Weekend getaway: Morro Bay adventures, from ocean to table," 15 Sep. 2019 Each walked down the runway in glistening colors with hues of orange and red complementing their skin. Nandi Howard, Essence, "NYFW: Black Models Closed Out Fashion Week With A Bang At Marc Jacobs," 13 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

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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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11 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for glisten

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

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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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