UK [ˈɡlɪs(ə)n] / US verb [intransitive]
Word forms "glisten":
present tense I/you/we/they glisten he/she/it glistens present participle glistening past tense glistened past participle glistened
if something glistens, it shines because it is wet or covered with oil

His forehead was glistening with sweat.

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  • glisten — O.E. glisnian to glisten, gleam, from P.Gmc. *glis (Cf. O.Fris. glisa to shine, M.H.G. glistern to sparkle, O.Dan. glisse to shine ), from PIE *ghleis , from root *ghel to shine, glitter, glow, be warm (see GLASS (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • Glisten — Glis ten (gl[i^]s n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Glistened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Glistening}.] [OE. glistnian, akin to glisnen, glisien, AS. glisian, glisnian, akin to E. glitter. See {Glitter}, v. i., and cf. {Glister}, v. i.] To sparkle or shine;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • glisten — sparkle, glitter, *flash, gleam, glance, glint, scintillate, coruscate, twinkle …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • glisten — [v] shimmer coruscate, flash, flicker, glance, glare, gleam, glimmer, glint, glister, glitter, glow, scintillate, shine, sparkle, twinkle; concept 624 …   New thesaurus

  • glisten — ► VERB ▪ (of something wet or greasy) shine or sparkle. ► NOUN ▪ a sparkling light reflected from something wet. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • glisten — [glis′ən] vi. [ME glistnen (with unhistoric t ) < OE glisnian < base of glisian, to shine < IE * ghleis < base * ĝhel > GLEAM, GLASS] to shine or sparkle with reflected light, as a wet or polished surface does n. a glistening SYN.… …   English World dictionary

  • glisten — glisteningly, adv. /glis euhn/, v.i. 1. to reflect a sparkling light or a faint intermittent glow; shine lustrously. n. 2. a glistening; sparkle. [bef. 1000; ME glis(t)nen (v.), OE glisnian, deriv. of glisian to GLITTER; see EN1] Syn. 1. glimmer …   Universalium

  • glisten — v. (D; intr.) to glisten with * * * [ glɪs(ə)n] (D; intr.) to glisten with …   Combinatory dictionary

  • glisten — verb Glisten is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑dew, ↑eye, ↑hair, ↑perspiration, ↑skin, ↑sweat, ↑tear …   Collocations dictionary

  • glisten — glis|ten [ˈglısən] v [: Old English; Origin: glisnian] to shine and look wet or oily glisten with ▪ The boy s back was glistening with sweat. ▪ glistening black hair [i]see usage note ↑gleam1 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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