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

v be shiny, as if wet

“His eyes were glistening
gleam, glint, glitter, shine
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

n the quality of shining with a bright reflected light

glister, glitter, scintillation, sparkle
Type of:
the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white

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