glisten


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glis·ten

 (glĭs′ən)
intr.v. glis·tened, glis·ten·ing, glis·tens
1. To shine by reflection with a sparkling luster: "Sweat ... trickled in streams down his face and glistened in his beard" (Lois Lowry). See Synonyms at flash.
2. To be reflected with a sparkling luster: "The sun glistened upon his hair" (Robert Louis Stevenson).
n.
A sparkling, lustrous shine.

[Middle English glisnen, from Old English glisnian; see ghel- in Indo-European roots.]

glisten

(ˈɡlɪsən)
vb (intr)
1. (of a wet or glossy surface) to gleam by reflecting light: wet leaves glisten in the sunlight.
2. (of light) to reflect with brightness: the sunlight glistens on wet leaves.
n
rare a gleam or gloss
[Old English glisnian; related to glisian to glitter, Middle High German glistern]
ˈglisteningly adv

glis•ten

(ˈglɪs ən)
v.i.
1. to reflect a sparkling light or a faint intermittent glow, as a sleek or wet surface; shine lustrously.
n.
2. a glistening; sparkle.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English glisnian, derivative of glisian to glitter; see -en1]
glis′ten•ing•ly, adv.

glisten


Past participle: glistened
Gerund: glistening

Imperative
glisten
glisten
Present
I glisten
you glisten
he/she/it glistens
we glisten
you glisten
they glisten
Preterite
I glistened
you glistened
he/she/it glistened
we glistened
you glistened
they glistened
Present Continuous
I am glistening
you are glistening
he/she/it is glistening
we are glistening
you are glistening
they are glistening
Present Perfect
I have glistened
you have glistened
he/she/it has glistened
we have glistened
you have glistened
they have glistened
Past Continuous
I was glistening
you were glistening
he/she/it was glistening
we were glistening
you were glistening
they were glistening
Past Perfect
I had glistened
you had glistened
he/she/it had glistened
we had glistened
you had glistened
they had glistened
Future
I will glisten
you will glisten
he/she/it will glisten
we will glisten
you will glisten
they will glisten
Future Perfect
I will have glistened
you will have glistened
he/she/it will have glistened
we will have glistened
you will have glistened
they will have glistened
Future Continuous
I will be glistening
you will be glistening
he/she/it will be glistening
we will be glistening
you will be glistening
they will be glistening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been glistening
you have been glistening
he/she/it has been glistening
we have been glistening
you have been glistening
they have been glistening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been glistening
you will have been glistening
he/she/it will have been glistening
we will have been glistening
you will have been glistening
they will have been glistening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been glistening
you had been glistening
he/she/it had been glistening
we had been glistening
you had been glistening
they had been glistening
Conditional
I would glisten
you would glisten
he/she/it would glisten
we would glisten
you would glisten
they would glisten
Past Conditional
I would have glistened
you would have glistened
he/she/it would have glistened
we would have glistened
you would have glistened
they would have glistened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.glisten - the quality of shining with a bright reflected lightglisten - the quality of shining with a bright reflected light
brightness - the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white
Verb1.glisten - be shiny, as if wet; "His eyes were glistening"
appear, seem, look - give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect; "She seems to be sleeping"; "This appears to be a very difficult problem"; "This project looks fishy"; "They appeared like people who had not eaten or slept for a long time"
spangle - glitter as if covered with spangles
shimmer - give off a shimmering reflection, as of silk

glisten

verb gleam, flash, shine, sparkle, glitter, shimmer, twinkle, glint, glimmer, scintillate The calm sea glistened in the sunlight.

glisten

verb
To emit light suddenly in rays or sparks:
noun
Sparkling, brilliant light:
Translations
يَلْمَع، يَتَلألأ
lesknout se
glinse
glitra
blizgėti
spīdēt
lesketati se
parıldamakparlamak

glisten

[ˈglɪsn] VI [wet surface] → relucir; [water] → espejear; [eyes] → brillar
her eyes glistened with tearsle brillaban los ojos de las lágrimas

glisten

[ˈglɪsən] vibriller, luire
to glisten with tears → briller de larmes
to glisten with sweat → luire de sueur

glisten

viglänzen; (dewdrops, tears)glitzern
nGlänzen nt, → Glitzern nt

glisten

[ˈglɪsn] vi (wet surface, water) → luccicare; (eyes) to glisten (with)brillare (di)

glisten

(ˈglisn) verb
to shine faintly or sparkle. His skin glistened with sweat.
References in classic literature ?
His eyes began to glisten and his forefinger to tremble.
exclaimed the scout, whose eyes began to glisten with the ardor of his usual occupation; "if they come within range of a bullet I will drop one, though the whole Six Nations should be lurking within sound
Why did his cold eye glisten, and his heart leap up as they went past.
Now and then one caught a glisten of tears through a widow's veil, and the little bride, dressed quietly in grey, talked with the usual nervous gaiety to her girl friends, and made the usual whispered confidences about her trousseau.
I was now gaining rapidly on the schooner; I could see the brass glisten on the tiller as it banged about, and still no soul appeared upon her decks.
Yet this Catalan has eyes that glisten like those of the vengeful Spaniards, Sicilians, and Calabrians, and the other has fists big enough to crush an ox at one blow.
All at once, Cadmus fancied he saw something glisten very brightly, first at one spot, then at another, and then at a hundred and a thousand spots together.
At such times I have seen his face, even on a cold day, glisten with moisture, as though it were new raised from a basin.
How your eyes will glisten at sight of the white table-cloth and steaming dishes then
The old roan, so famous for cross-country work, turning his large eyeball to the grated window near his rack, may remember the fresh leaves that glisten there at other times and the scents that stream in, and may have a fine run with the hounds, while the human helper, clearing out the next stall, never stirs beyond his pitchfork and birch-broom.
Hitched to the branches of the trees close at hand were six horses, one of them a barb with gay trappings upon which the Bishop was wont to ride, and the others laden with packs of divers shapes and kinds, one of which made Robin's eyes glisten, for it was a box not overlarge, but heavily bound with bands and ribs of iron.
You could see tears glisten in the eyes of soldiers and civilians.