Meaning of GLISTEN in English

— glisteningly , adv.

/glis"euhn/ , v.i.

1. to reflect a sparkling light or a faint intermittent glow; shine lustrously.


2. a glistening; sparkle.

[ bef. 1000; ME glis ( t ) nen (v.), OE glisnian, deriv. of glisian to GLITTER; see -EN 1 ]

Syn. 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.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .