from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To glisten.
  • n. Glitter; brilliance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To gleam, glisten or coruscate
  • n. A brilliant flash; a glint
  • n. Alternative form of clyster.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Glitter; luster.
  • intransitive v. To be bright; to sparkle; to be brilliant; to shine; to glisten; to glitter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To sparkle; glitter.
  • Synonyms Glisten, Glitter, etc. See glare, intransitive verb
  • n. Sheen; luster; glitter.
  • n. Same as clyster, clyster-pipe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of shining with a bright reflected light


Middle English glisteren, probably from Middle Dutch glinsteren or Middle Low German glisteren; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare Old French glistere. (Wiktionary)



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