Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To glisten.
  • noun Glitter; brilliance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Sheen; luster; glitter.
  • noun Same as clyster, clyster-pipe.
  • To sparkle; glitter.
  • Synonyms Glisten, Glitter, etc. See glare, intransitive verb

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

  • intransitive verb To be bright; to sparkle; to be brilliant; to shine; to glisten; to glitter.
  • noun Glitter; luster.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative form of clyster.
  • verb To gleam, glisten or coruscate
  • noun A brilliant flash; a glint

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quality of shining with a bright reflected light

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English glisteren, probably from Middle Dutch glinsteren or Middle Low German glisteren; see ghel- in Indo-European roots.]

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Compare Old French glistere.

Examples

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  • All that glisters is not gold.

    September 1, 2008

  • Oooh, The Merchant of Venice.

    September 22, 2008

  • 16th-18th century variant of clyster, "fluid medicine of different quantities to be injected into the bowels"(Bailey's dictionary). An enema.

    January 30, 2012