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glisten

[ glis-uhn ]
/ ˈglɪs ən /
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verb (used without object)

to reflect a sparkling light or a faint intermittent glow; shine lustrously.

noun

a glistening; sparkle.

RELATED WORDS

shine, twinkle, glint, flicker, sparkle, glimmer, gleam, glitter, glow, glare, flash, coruscate, scintillate, glister, glance

Nearby words

glipizide, glissade, glissando, glisson's capsule, glissonitis, glisten, glister, glitch, glitter, glitter ice, glitterati

Origin of glisten

before 1000; Middle English glis(t)nen (v.), Old English glisnian, derivative of glisian to glitter; see -en1
SYNONYMS FOR glisten
1 glimmer, gleam, glitter. Glisten, shimmer, sparkle refer to different ways in which light is reflected from surfaces. Glisten refers to a lustrous light, as from something sleek or wet, or it may refer to myriads of tiny gleams reflected from small surfaces: Wet fur glistens. Snow glistens in the sunlight. Shimmer refers to the changing play of light on a (generally moving) surface, as of water or silk: Moonbeams shimmer on water. Silk shimmers in a high light. To sparkle is to give off sparks or small ignited particles, or to send forth small but brilliant gleams, sometimes by reflection: A diamond sparkles with numerous points of light.
Related formsglis·ten·ing·ly, adverbun·glis·ten·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for glisten

glisten

/ (ˈɡlɪsən) /

verb (intr)

(of a wet or glossy surface) to gleam by reflecting lightwet leaves glisten in the sunlight
(of light) to reflect with brightnessthe sunlight glistens on wet leaves

noun

rare a gleam or gloss
Derived Formsglisteningly, adverb

Word Origin for glisten

Old English glisnian; related to glisian to glitter, Middle High German glistern
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Word Origin and History for glisten

glisten


v.

Old English glisnian "to glisten, gleam," from Proto-Germanic *glis- (cf. Old Frisian glisa "to shine," Middle High German glistern "to sparkle," Old Danish glisse "to shine"), from PIE *ghleis-, from root *ghel- "to shine, glitter, glow, be warm" (see glass). Related: Glistened; glistening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper