- (Of something wet or greasy) shine with a sparkling light: his cheeks glistened with tears (as adjective glistening) the glistening pavementsMore example sentences
- His beautiful dark eyes were glistening and a tear escaped running down his tanned cheek.
- The pale blue cobblestones glistened as the sun's rays sparkled on the light sheen of water.
- When his carriage had grown tiny at the gate, her eyes were still glistening with unshed tears of anger.
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- A sparkling light reflected from something wet: there was a glisten of perspiration across her top lipMore example sentences
- The fierce glisten of the candle caught the kitten's tawny eyes as she looked up.
- It was an uplifting ceremony which saw a glisten in many an eye!
- There was some guy, a curator, standing by me going, ‘the delicate brush strokes Vermeer used, look at the glisten on her lips, what do you see in her eyes?’
Old English glisnian, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Low German glisen. The noun dates from the mid 19th century.