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

  • n. A sparkling or glistening light.
  • n. Brilliant or showy, often superficial attractiveness.
  • n. Small pieces of light-reflecting decorative material.
  • intransitive v. To sparkle brilliantly; glisten. See Synonyms at flash.
  • intransitive v. To sparkle coldly or malevolently: eyes that glittered at the prospect of revenge.
  • intransitive v. To be brilliantly, often deceptively, attractive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bright, sparkling light; brilliant and showy luster; brilliancy; as, the glitter of arms; the glitter of royal equipage.
  • n. A shiny, decorative adornment, sometimes sprinkled on glue to make simple artwork.
  • v. To sparkle with light; to shine with a brilliant and broken light or showy luster; to gleam; as, a glittering sword.
  • v. To be showy, specious, or striking, and hence attractive; as, the glittering scenes of a court.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To sparkle with light; to shine with a brilliant and broken light or showy luster; to gleam.
  • intransitive v. To be showy, specious, or striking, and hence attractive.
  • n. A bright, sparkling light; brilliant and showy luster; brilliancy

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To shine or gleam with scattered light; emit scintillating flashes of light; sparkle; glisten: as, a glittering sword.
  • Hence—2. To be brilliant or showy; be attractive from showiness: as, the glittering scenes of a court.
  • Synonyms Glisten, Gleam, etc. See glare, intransitive verb
  • n. Sparkling or scintillating light; brilliancy; splendor; luster: as, the glitter of arms; the glitter of royal equipage.
  • n. A talus slope.

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

  • v. be shiny, as if wet
  • n. the occurrence of a small flash or spark
  • n. the quality of shining with a bright reflected light

Etymologies

Middle English gliteren, to sparkle, from Old Norse glitra; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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