glitter

Definitions

  • The first page of The Story of the Glittering Plain
    The first page of The Story of the Glittering Plain
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v glitter be shiny, as if wet "His eyes were glistening"
    • n glitter the quality of shining with a bright reflected light
    • n glitter the occurrence of a small flash or spark
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 4000 BC Egypt, men and women wore glitter eye shadow made from the crushed shells of beetles.
    • n Glitter A bright, sparkling light; brilliant and showy luster; brilliancy; as, the glitter of arms; the glitter of royal equipage.
    • Glitter To be showy, specious, or striking, and hence attractive; as, the glittering scenes of a court.
    • Glitter To sparkle with light; to shine with a brilliant and broken light or showy luster; to gleam; as, a glittering sword. "The field yet glitters with the pomp of war."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During the Renaissance blond hair became so much de rigueur in Venice that a brunette was not to be seen except among the working classes. Venetian women spent hours dyeing and burnishing their hair until they achieved the harsh metallic glitter that was considered a necessity.
    • glitter To shine or gleam with scattered light; emit scintillating flashes of light; sparkle; glisten: as, a glittering sword.
    • glitter Hence—2. To be brilliant or showy; be attractive from showiness: as, the glittering scenes of a court.
    • glitter Synonyms Glisten, Gleam, etc. See glare, intransitive verb
    • n glitter Sparkling or scintillating light; brilliancy; splendor; luster: as, the glitter of arms; the glitter of royal equipage.
    • n glitter A talus slope.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Glitter glit′ėr to glisten, to sparkle with light: to be splendid: to be showy
    • n Glitter lustre: brilliancy
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Quotations

  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    Publilius%20Syrus
    “Fortune is like glass--the brighter the glitter, the more easily broken.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, but rather the hero's heart.”
  • Euripides
    Euripides
    “That glittering hope is immemorial and beckons many men to their undoing.”
  • Mae West
    Mae%20West
    “Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.”

Idioms

All that glitters is not gold - This means that appearances can be deceptive and things that look or sound valuable can be worthless. ('All that glistens is not gold' is an alternative.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gliteren,; akin to Sw. glittra, Icel. glitra, glita, AS. glitenian, OS. glītan, OHG. glīzzan, G. gleissen, Goth. glitmunjan, and also to E. glint, glisten, and prob. glance, gleam,

Usage

In literature:

Barry's eyes glittered like points of flame and bored into Leyden's back as if to force notice.
"Gold Out of Celebes" by Aylward Edward Dingle
They generally glitter like a gin-saloon.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
At sunset, the glittering beams of the sun's very last rays reached our camp.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
Towering amid the wreck of battle, his light grey eyes a-glitter, Clinch dominated, swinging his iron fists.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
The night is splendid in the gleam of the Northern Lights, and in the glitter of innumerable twinkling stars.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
His elbow on the window-place of his little cell, his chin sunk in his palm, he watches a glittering star.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
From afar one could see the gleam of yellow gold and red copper; the flutter of purple curtains, the glitter and dazzle of shimmering silver.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
Go back to the glitter and the glory.
"The Light of the Star" by Hamlin Garland
Zeno was a very old, toothless man whose black eyes glittered like a raven's.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The window was rich in glittering splendors from the Orient.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
His eyes glittered, and as if with malignant desire.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Stars glittered, little chips of ice.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
At Dryholm, one got a sense of space and calm; nothing glittered and forced itself on one's glance.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
Then he learned for the first time of the glittering princess.
"Japanese Fairy World" by William Elliot Griffis
The golden feet of feast beds glitter bright, And there in manner of the kings is glorious banquet dight.
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
Because it glitters, simply because it glitters.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
Their shine was the glitter of polished glass.
"The Floating Island of Madness" by Jason Kirby
Here's Wealth, in glittering heaps of gold; who bids?
"The Universal Reciter" by Various
Intoxicated with rapture, yet conscious of every impression, he swam gently down the glittering stream.
"Henry of Ofterdingen: A Romance." by Friedrich von Hardenberg
The sea glittered in the bright rays, and a golden light spread over the land.
"A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by Felix Dahn
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In poetry:

Washed gravel glittered red
To a wall, and beyond it nine
Tall limes in the old inn yard
Rose over the tall inn sign.
"The Rain Was Ending, And Light" by Robert Laurence Binyon
It glittered o'er the Burning Mount,
Where murky shadows fell
Across the path to travellers known
To some, alas, too well.
"The Gallant Peter Clarke" by Anonymous Oceania
Now the old come out to look,
Winter past and winter's pains,
How the sky in pool and brook
Glitters on the grassy plains.
"XVI: Spring Morning" by A E Housman
And, while the wide earth echoing rung
To that strange minstrelsy
The little glittering spirits sung,
Or seemed to sing, to me:
"A Day Dream" by Emily Jane Bronte
How can we on this heathen shore,
Surrounded by idolatry,
Sing songs that unto us are more
Than all their glittering pageantry?
"The Captives" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
And they seemed to heed, for anger
Often maddened all the band,
Fighting for some stones that glittered
Yellow on Ugonde's sand.
"Ugonde's Tale" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell

In news:

On a sunny afternoon, the Municipal Building's statue of Civic Fame glitters above East Broadway like a vision of decorous prosperity.
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1 ranking this year, but he can add yet more accolades to his glittering resume if he beats Novak Djokovic in Monday's climax of the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
Alan Cohn , left, and Amy Stolberg prepare to go undercover while promoting Jewish Family Service of Broward's (JFS) "All That Glitters Is Gold Masked Gala," which will take place Dec 1 at the Signature Grand.
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I pass glittering holiday store windows, the Salvation Army ringing its bells and the sparkling tree at Rockefeller Center.
I recently saw the Martha Stewart Glitter Cleanup Roller at the craft store and was intrigued.
So the next time you're at the craft store, keep an eye out for the Glitter Cleanup Roller.
A multi-functional unicorn shoots fire from its horn while sneezing glitter.
OGDEN — Children kneel against a craft table, spreading lines of colorful glitter-glue onto their sugar skulls.
Paul Gadd, better known as singer Gary Glitter, was arrested in London by police investigating allegations of sex abuse by former BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile.
This file photo dated 21 January, 1973 shows British pop star Gary Glitter in London.
Watching the Grand Slam parade on WVIA, I just watched a dance academy do a dance number to a Gary Glitter song.
Looking like a relic from the Industrial Revolution, the Domino 's factory stands in stark contrast to the glitz and glitter of the city's maritime heart.
Glitter dusted the smooth rink, as the drag queens took the ice.
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