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Meaning of GLEAM

Pronunciation:  gleem

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an appearance of reflected light
  2. [n]  a flash of light (especially reflected light)
  3. [v]  appear briefly; "A terrible thought gleamed in her mind"
  4. [v]  shine brightly, like a star or a light
  5. [v]  be shiny, as if wet; "His eyes were glistening"

GLEAM is a 5 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: gleaming, gleaming, glimmer, glimmer, glint, glisten, glitter, glow, lambency, shine
 See Also: appear, appear, come along, effulgence, emit light, flash, look, radiance, radiancy, radiate, refulgence, refulgency, seem, shimmer, shine, spangle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Gleam\, v. i. [Cf. OE. glem birdlime, glue, phlegm, and
    E. englaimed.] (Falconry)
    To disgorge filth, as a hawk.
  2. \Gleam\, n. [OE. glem, gleam, AS. gl[ae]m, prob. akin to
    E. glimmer, and perh. to Gr. ? warm, ? to warm. Cf.
    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.
  3. \Gleam\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gleamed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    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}.
    Usage: 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}.
  4. \Gleam\, v. t.
    To shoot out (flashes of light, etc.).
          Dying eyes gleamed forth their ashy lights. --Shak.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: beam, burn, coruscation, flare, flash, flicker, glance, glare, glimmer, glint, glisten, glitter, glow, hint, indication, inkling, light, look, radiate, ray, scintilla, scintillate, scintillation, shaft, shimmer, shine, spark, sparkle, suggestion, trace, twinkle, vestige