Glisten is a verb meaning that something looks shiny, like it's wet. Rocks on the beach glisten in the sun. And your sister’s prom dress, covered in sequins, no doubt will glisten under the disco ball.

The word glisten can also be used metaphorically. After you tossed and turned throughout the night, in the morning, you could see the perfect solution glisten right in front of you. As a noun, a glisten is a bright shine. When you are driving into the setting sun, the glisten of the sun on the hood of the car makes it hard to see.

Definitions of glisten
  1. verb
    be shiny, as if wet
    “His eyes were glistening
    synonyms: gleam, glint, glitter, shine
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    glitter as if covered with spangles
    give off a shimmering reflection, as of silk
    type of:
    appear, look, seem
    give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
  2. noun
    the quality of shining with a bright reflected light
    synonyms: glister, glitter, scintillation, sparkle
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    type of:
    the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white
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