American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To shine by reflection with a sparkling luster. See Synonyms at flash.
- n. A sparkling, lustrous shine.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To shine gleamingly; sparkle with light; especially, to shine with a scintillating or twinkling light: as, glistening snow; the glistening stars; his face glistened with pleasure.
- Synonyms Glister, Glitter, etc. See glare, intransitive verb
- n. Glitter; sparkle; gleam.
- v. intransitive to reflect light with a glittering luster; to sparkle, coruscate, glint or flash
- n. A glittering shine; a scintillation, sparkle or flash.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To sparkle or shine; especially, to shine with a mild, subdued, and fitful luster; to emit a soft, scintillating light; to gleam.
- n. the quality of shining with a bright reflected light
- v. be shiny, as if wet
- From Old English glisnian. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English glisnen, from Old English glisnian; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“His eyes glisten from a web of wrinkles, and I can imagine an event for each line drawn: flying in Vietnam, coaching the Port Arthur Toreadors for fifteen years, losing a wife named Marguerite to encephalitis, losing his only child to the state of California.”
“She recalled the glisten of the sunlight on the river, and the crimson of the hard maples stained by the first early frost, and she knew it was not the sunshine nor the tingle in the air nor the beautiful way in which Ned and Nick flew along stride for stride over the hard white road, but something else, something quite different, which had made her glad that Sunday morning.”
“I've got a shitload of paperwork to take care of between now and then, not to mention more laundry, packing, planning, and at some point, a shower, because I just got back from the gym and ew, I have dried "glisten" all over my body.”
“In spite of the fact that he had been up all night, therefore, his eyes were bright with the mirror glisten which is the gift of long hours in the open air.”
“I seen his eyes kind of glisten when I said this about him being touched.”
“I exclaimed, and tears, such as glisten in the eyes of childhood, gathered in mine.”
“The sun used to glisten off my thick black hair now it just shines...”
“There should be no need to add oil or fat to help the vegetables glisten, but fresh parsley always enhances eye appeal.”
“I heard her rubbing her thighs together to make them glisten.”
“What might bring a nostalgic glisten to Ed Miliband's eye?”
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Key words from "The Training of a Public Speaker" by Grenville Kleiser (New York and London, 1920)
( open list, visual, light, descriptive )
sparkle, shine, gleam, glisten, shimmer, gloss, pearly, opalescent, iridescent, prismatic, multifaceted, glow and 35 more...
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Verbs and adjectives (mostly adjectives) pertaining to physical light, brightness and/or clarity.
verb: to cause, to become
Words - or different usages of words I already knew - that I am learning thanks to Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.
See also ofravens' with thanks to Anne Shirley.
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Words I like to use, words I like but may forget.
words that evoke magic, mystery, mayhem, magnificence or anything else that glimmers in the grass
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