[ad_1] verb (used without object)
- to reflect a sparkling light or a faint intermittent glow; shine lustrously.
- a glistening; sparkle.
- (of a wet or glossy surface) to gleam by reflecting lightwet leaves glisten in the sunlight
- (of light) to reflect with brightnessthe sunlight glistens on wet leaves
- 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 ). Related: Glistened; glistening.