before 1000; Middle English glis
(v.), Old English glisnian,
derivative of glisian
; see -en1
glisteningly, adverbunglistening, adjective
glimmer, gleam, glitter. 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.
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.