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gleam Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun an appearance of reflected light
    gleaming; lambency; glow.
  2. noun a flash of light (especially reflected light)
    gleaming; glimmer.
  3. verb be shiny, as if wet
    shine; glint; glitter; glisten.
    • His eyes were glistening
  4. verb shine brightly, like a star or a light
  5. verb appear briefly
    • A terrible thought gleamed in her mind

Gleam intransitive verb
Cf. OE. glem birdlime, glue, phlegm, and E. englaimed.
  1. (Falconry) To disgorge filth, as a hawk.
Gleam noun
OE. glem, gleam, AS. glæm, prob. akin to E. glimmer, and perh. to Gr. warm, to warm. Cf. Glitter.
  1. A shoot of light; a small stream of light; a beam; a ray; a glimpse.
    Transient unexpected gleams of joi. Addison.
    At last a gleam Of dawning light turned thitherward in haste His [Satan's] traveled steps. Milton.
    A glimmer, and then a gleam of light. Longfellow.
  2. Brightness; splendor.
    In the clear azure gleam the flocks are seen. Pope.
Gleam transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Gleamed ; present participle & verbal noun Gleaming
  1. To shoot, or dart, as rays of light; as, at the dawn, light gleams in the east.
  2. To shine; to cast light; to glitter. Syn. -- To Gleam, Glimmer, Glitter. To gleam denotes a faint but distinct emission of light. To glimmer describes an indistinct and unsteady giving of light. To glitter imports a brightness that is intense, but varying. The morning light gleams upon the earth; a distant taper glimmers through the mist; a dewdrop glitters in the sun. See Flash.
Gleam transitive verb
  1. To shoot out (flashes of light, etc.).
    Dying eyes gleamed forth their ashy lights. Shak.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

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