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glisten

glis·ten

glisten

 
pronunciation:
glI sn
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: glistened, glistening, glistens
definition: to shine with reflected light, sometimes sparkling and sometimes softly lustrous.
The tinsel glistened on the Christmas tree.
 
synonyms:
glitter, shine, sparkle
similar words:
coruscate, glimmer, glint, glow, shimmer, twinkle
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a sparkle or sheen.
Our eyes were dazzled by the glisten of the snow.
synonyms:
sheen, sparkle
similar words:
flicker, glimmer, glint, glitter, glow, luster, shimmer, shine, twinkle
derivation: glisteningly (adv.)
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The word glisten contains the following part:
-en1 Old English verb-forming suffix that means to cause to be or become or have
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The suffix -en1 forms verbs from monosyllabic English adjectives.