- to reflect a sparkling light or a faint intermittent glow; shine lustrously.
- a glistening; sparkle.
Origin of glisten
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Examples from the Web for glisten
I wanted the whole dress to glisten, so I used a lace with silver thread in it.Meet the ‘Downton Abbey’ Costume Queen
January 8, 2014
Her tiny, 5-foot frame and pale white prison skin seemed to glisten with anguish.Casey Anthony's Mystery Tears
May 9, 2011
When it begins to glisten, add the onion and sauté until it is soft and slightly golden, about five minutes.Eco-Chic Safari
July 27, 2010
How fine the breast-plates and helmets of those Cuirassiers glisten in the sun!Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
The dew in the meadows and the pearls on the wings of butterflies began to glisten.The Great Hunger
And see the glisten of that glacier in the haze, like a star in the veil of a bride!The Trimming of Goosie
The sun was fierce, the land seemed to glisten and drip with steam.Heart of Darkness
In asking, he removed his hat, glanced at its glisten, put it on again.The Paliser case
- (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
- rare a gleam or gloss
Word Origin and History for glisten
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.