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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.

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Origin of glisten

First recorded before 1000; Middle English glis(t)nen (verb), Old English glisnian, derivative of glisian “to glitter; ” see -en1

synonym study for glisten

1. 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.

OTHER WORDS FROM glisten

glis·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 forms of glisten

glisteningly, adverb

Word Origin for glisten

Old English glisnian; related to glisian to glitter, Middle High German glistern
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