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Definition of glisten verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they glisten
he / she / it glistens
past simple glistened
-ing form glistening
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(of something wet) to shine Her eyes were glistening with tears. Sweat glistened on his forehead. + adj. The road glistened wet after the rain. Thesaurusshinegleam glow sparkle glisten shimmer glitter twinkle glintThese words all mean to produce or reflect light.shine to produce or reflect light, especially brightly:The sun was shining and the sky was blue.gleam to shine with a clear bright or pale light, especially a reflected light:The moonlight gleamed on the water.glow (often of something hot or warm) to produce a dull, steady light:The end of his cigarette glowed red.sparkle to shine brightly with small flashes of light:The diamonds sparkled in the light.glisten (of something wet) to shine:Her eyes were glistening with tears.shimmer to shine with a soft light that seems to shake slightly:The road seemed to shimmer in the heat.glitter to shine brightly with small flashes of reflected light:The ceiling of the cathedral glittered with gold.sparkle or glitter?There is very little difference in meaning between these two words. Glitter can sometimes suggest a lack of depth, but this is more frequent in the figurative use of glitter as a noun:the superficial glitter of show business. Sparkle is also often used to talk about light reflected off a surface, but things that produce light can also sparkle:The fireworks sparkled in the sky.twinkle to shine with a light that changes rapidly from bright to faint to bright again:Stars twinkled in the sky.glint to give small bright flashes of reflected light:The blade of the knife glinted in the darkness.Patterns to shine/gleam/sparkle/glisten/shimmer/glitter/glint on something to shine/gleam/glow/sparkle/glisten/shimmer/glitter/twinkle/glint with something to shine/gleam/sparkle/glisten/shimmer/glitter/glint in the sunlight/moonlight the stars shine/sparkle/glitter/twinkle somebody's eyes shine/gleam/glow/sparkle/glisten/glitter/twinkle/glint to shine/gleam/glow/glitter brightly to shine/gleam/glow/shimmer softly
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