from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Reflecting light readily or in large amounts; having a surface luster; reflecting light directly rather than scattering it.

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  • verb Present participle of glisten.

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  • adjective reflecting light


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  • Three pebbles, cool and glistening from the river, fell wet into his palm.

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  • A few yards away, just up from the white beach, a group of Sisters rested upon loungers in glistening nakedness, while a tall, lean Harlequin, a Mandroid pleasure server, offered them cold drinks.

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  • He hesitated for one eternal moment, fangs extended to their full length, throbbing, dripping the essence of his need onto Bimbette, her perfect skin glistening in the dim light.

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  • Twinkling flashbulbs lit up Centre Court like fireworks in the night when Sampras kissed the trophy once again, his eyes glistening from the tears he had shed moments earlier after he whacked his final service winner to beat Patrick Rafter 6-7

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  • We do not know what impulse sends up the water-lily from the stagnant ooze in glistening white, and lays a mauve mantle over the wistaria that feeds upon corruption; nor why two plants of the same genus in the same conditions should be so differently coloured as are the blue and yellow gentian.

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  • On sidewalks were throngs of children, and babies in glistening perambulators pushed by nurses in full skirts, white caps and aprons.

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  • Each door and window was framed in glistening green; the bright prints shone out still brighter from their background of glossy leaves.

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  • The bananas are supposed to come out the microwave tender and glistening from the honey, instead mine emerged shrunk and awful-looking: (

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  • He said that the biggest problem with 3D is that the effects are very shiny and a lot of glistening, which is difficult to get to look right in 3D.

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  • My adjectival use: 'Children often love glistening lights.'

    August 22, 2011