intr.v. glis·tened, glis·ten·ing, glis·tens
1. To shine by reflection with a sparkling luster: "Sweat ... trickled in streams down his face and glistened in his beard" (Lois Lowry). See Synonyms at flash.
2. To be reflected with a sparkling luster: "The sun glistened upon his hair" (Robert Louis Stevenson).
A sparkling, lustrous shine.
[Middle English glisnen, from Old English glisnian; see ghel-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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