[ad_1] verb (used without object)
  1. to reflect a sparkling light or a faint intermittent glow; shine lustrously.


  1. a glistening; sparkle.

verb (intr)

  1. (of a wet or glossy surface) to gleam by reflecting lightwet leaves glisten in the sunlight
  2. (of light) to reflect with brightnessthe sunlight glistens on wet leaves


  1. rare a gleam or gloss

Old English glisnian “to glisten, gleam,” from Proto-Germanic *glis- (cf. Old Frisian glisa “to shine,” Middle High German glistern “to sparkle,” Old Danish glisse “to shine”), from PIE *ghleis-, from root *ghel- “to shine, glitter, glow, be warm” (see glass). Related: Glistened; glistening.


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