- 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 glistening
But with unlimited access to the luxurious sandwiches, piled high with glistening meat, a buttery apocalypse of gluttony unfolded.My Big, Buttery Lobster Roll Rumble: We Came, We Clawed, We Conquered
June 7, 2014
A gorgeous, glistening rendition of “Lost Cause” came next, and the airy Morning Phase standout “Blue Moon” ended the sequence.Beck’s Musical Time Machine: This Wasn’t a Concert. It was a Spectacular Party.
April 18, 2014
To bring things full circle, on the German leg of her world tour, Beyoncé appeared on stage in one of Ford's glistening designs.Beyoncé Rocks Tom Ford; Fast Retailing Backs Out of J. Crew Deal
The Fashion Beast Team
March 19, 2014
“Especially because her role was about a strong woman, we wanted to embody strength,” Williams said of the glistening dress.Celebrity Stylists Dish About Dressing for the Oscars
February 27, 2014
Boris plunged in his hand and drew out an exquisite marble thing, blue-veined, rose-tinted, and glistening with opalescent drops.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
His body was glistening, his cheeks were flushed, his eyes were burning with joy.Buried Cities, Part 2
His cheeks were hollow and hectic, his eyes were glistening as with fever, his chest heaved.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Before us were two colossal statues of glistening white crystal.City of Endless Night
His voice was choked and his pale face was glistening with perspiration.The Second Voice
Glistening with white and yellow and blue, it was pronounced superb.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
- (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 glistening
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.