to reflect a sparkling light or a faint intermittent glow; shine lustrously.
a glistening; sparkle.
- glis·ten·ing·ly, adverb
- un·glis·ten·ing, adjective
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How to use glisten in a sentence
I wanted the whole dress to glisten, so I used a lace with silver thread in it.
Her tiny, 5-foot frame and pale white prison skin seemed to glisten with anguish.
When it begins to glisten, add the onion and sauté until it is soft and slightly golden, about five minutes.
See that boy's eyes glisten while you are speaking of a neighbor in a language you would not wish to have repeated.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
Only once, when Sogrange incautiously displayed a gold watch, did the eyes of one or two of their number glisten.The Double Four | E. Phillips Oppenheim
Wait until nightfall, and it will positively glisten with lamps and gleam with merriment.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
Their monasteries rise in the midst of the fertile plains of Syria, their basilicas glisten in our cities beside our mosques.The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman | Eugne Sue
The streets glisten clean in the sunlight, and every window is a reflector of glad promise.The Onlooker, Volume 1, Part 2 | Various
British Dictionary definitions for glisten
(of a wet or glossy surface) to gleam by reflecting light: wet leaves glisten in the sunlight
(of light) to reflect with brightness: the sunlight glistens on wet leaves
rare a gleam or gloss
- glisteningly, adverb
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