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Glistening vs. Sparkling

Difference Between Glistening and Sparkling

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Glistening

To shine by reflection with a sparkling luster
"Sweat ... trickled in streams down his face and glistened in his beard" (Lois Lowry).
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Sparkling

To give off sparks.
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Glistening

To be reflected with a sparkling luster
"The sun glistened upon his hair" (Robert Louis Stevenson).
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Sparkling

To give off or reflect flashes of light; glitter
"The night seemed very large and still, and the stars sparkled like frost in the black sky" (Laura Ingalls Wilder). "The diamonds sparkled in a sunset ray that came through the slats of the shutters" (Edith Wharton).
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Glistening

A sparkling, lustrous shine.
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Sparkling

To be reflected in small flashes of light
"The light of the rising moon sparkled on the sea" (Arthur C. Clarke).
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Glistening

Present participle of glisten
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Sparkling

To be brilliant in performance.
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Glistening

The appearance of something that glistens.
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Sparkling

To make or contain witty or intelligently lively remarks
Their conversation sparkled all evening.
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Glistening

(optics) A fluid-filled microvacuole within a lens.
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Sparkling

To release gas bubbles; effervesce
Champagne sparkles.
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Glistening

Reflecting light readily or in large amounts; having a surface luster; reflecting light directly rather than scattering it.
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Sparkling

A small spark or gleaming particle.
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Glistening

Reflecting light;
Glistening bodies of swimmers
The horse's glossy coat
Lustrous auburn hair
Saw the moon like a shiny dime on a deep blue velvet carpet
Shining white enamel
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Sparkling

A glittering quality.
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Sparkling

Brilliant animation; vivacity.
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Sparkling

Emission of gas bubbles; effervescence.
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Sparkling

Of an object, reflecting light as if giving off tiny sparks or flashes of light.
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Sparkling

Of a beverage, especially an alcoholic beverage, containing dissolved carbon dioxide (either naturally or that has been added) that comes out of solution in the form of many tiny bubbles.
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Sparkling

(figurative) Brilliant and vivacious.
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Sparkling

Act or appearance of something that sparkles; a sparkle; a gleam.
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Sparkling

A sparkling wine.
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Sparkling

Emitting sparks; glittering; flashing; brilliant; lively; as, sparkling wine; sparkling eyes.
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Sparkling

A rapid change in brightness; a brief spark or flash
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Sparkling

Shining with brilliant points of light like stars;
Sparkling snow
Sparkling eyes
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Sparkling

Marked by high spirits or excitement;
His fertile effervescent mind
Scintillating personality
Sparkling conversation
A row of sparkly cheerleaders
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Sparkling

Used of wines and waters; charged naturally or artificially with carbon dioxide;
Sparkling wines
Sparkling water
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Sparkling

Having brief brilliant points or flashes of light;
Bugle beads all aglitter
Glinting eyes
Glinting water
His glittering eyes were cold and malevolent
Shop window full of glittering Christmas trees
Glittery costume jewelry
Scintillant mica
The scintillating stars
A dress with sparkly sequins
`glistering' is an archaic term
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