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glisten

[glis-uh n] /ˈglɪs ən/
verb (used without object)
1.
to reflect a sparkling light or a faint intermittent glow; shine lustrously.
noun
2.
a glistening; sparkle.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English glis(t)nen (v.), Old English glisnian, derivative of glisian to glitter; see -en1
Related forms
glisteningly, adverb
unglistening, adjective
Synonyms
1. 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. 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.
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glisten

/ˈɡlɪsən/
verb (intransitive)
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
noun
3.
(rare) a gleam or gloss
Derived Forms
glisteningly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English glisnian; related to glisian to glitter, Middle High German glistern
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Word Origin and History for un-glistening
glisten
O.E. glisnian, from P.Gmc. root *glis- (cf. O.Fris. glisa "to shine"), from PIE *ghleis-, from base *ghlei- "to shine, glitter, glow, be warm" (see gleam).
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