gleam

  • 1 Gleam — Gleam, n. [OE. glem, gleam, AS. gl[ae]m, prob. akin to E. glimmer, and perh. to Gr. ? warm, ? to warm. Cf. {Glitter}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A shoot of light; a small stream of light; a beam; a ray; a glimpse. [1913 Webster] Transient unexpected… …

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  • 2 Gleam — Gleam, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gleamed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gleaming}.] 1. To shoot, or dart, as rays of light; as, at the dawn, light gleams in the east. [1913 Webster] 2. To shine; to cast light; to glitter. Syn: To {Gleam}, {Glimmer}, {Glitter}.… …

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  • 3 gleam — gleam·ing·ly; gleam·less; gleam·er; gleam; …

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  • 4 gleam — ► VERB ▪ shine brightly, especially with reflected light. ► NOUN 1) a faint or brief light. 2) a brief or faint show of a quality or emotion. ● a gleam in someone s eye Cf. ↑a gleam in someone s eye …

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  • 5 gleam — [glēm] n. [ME glem < OE glæm < IE * ghlei < * ĝhel , to shine, gleam > GOLD, GLASS, GLOW] 1. a flash or beam of light 2. a faint light 3. a reflected brightness, as from a polished surface 4 …

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  • 6 Gleam — Gleam, v. i. [Cf. OE. glem birdlime, glue, phlegm, and E. englaimed.] (Falconry) To disgorge filth, as a hawk. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 7 Gleam — Gleam, v. t. To shoot out (flashes of light, etc.). [1913 Webster] Dying eyes gleamed forth their ashy lights. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 8 gleam — [n] brightness, sparkle beam, brilliance, coruscation, flash, flicker, glance, glim, glimmer, glint, glitz, gloss, glow, luster, ray, scintillation, sheen, shimmer, splendor, twinkle; concepts 620,624 Ant. dullness gleam [v] sparkle beam, burn,… …

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  • 9 gleam|er — «GLEE muhr», noun. a cosmetic for making the skin of the face gleam …

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  • 10 gleam — (n.) O.E. glæm brilliant light; brightness, splendor, radiance, from P.Gmc. *glaimiz (Cf. O.S. glimo brightness; M.H.G. glim spark, gleime glowworm; Ger. glimmen to glimmer, glow; O.N. glija to shine, glitter ), from root *glim , from PIE …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 11 gleam — vb *flash, glance, glint, sparkle, glitter, glisten, scintillate, coruscate, twinkle …

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  • 12 gleam|y — «GLEE mee», adjective. gleaming; flashing …

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  • 13 gleam — gleam1 [gli:m] v 1.) to shine softly = ↑glimmer ▪ His teeth gleamed under his moustache. gleam with ▪ The wooden panelling was gleaming with wax polish. 2.) if your eyes or face gleam with a feeling, they show it = ↑glint gleam with ▪ …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 gleam — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 soft light ADJECTIVE ▪ dull, faint ▪ distant PREPOSITION ▪ gleam of ▪ …

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  • 15 gleam — [[t]gli͟ːm[/t]] gleams, gleaming, gleamed 1) VERB If an object or a surface gleams, it reflects light because it is shiny and clean. His black hair gleamed in the sun. [V ing] ...a gleaming red sports car. 2) N SING You can refer to the light… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 gleam — I n. 1) a faint gleam 2) a wild gleam (there was a wild gleam in his eyes) II v. (D; intr.) to gleam with * * * [gliːm] (D; intr.) to gleam with a faint gleam a wild gleam (there was a wild gleam in his eyes) …

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  • 17 gleam — I UK [ɡliːm] / US [ɡlɪm] verb [intransitive] Word forms gleam : present tense I/you/we/they gleam he/she/it gleams present participle gleaming past tense gleamed past participle gleamed 1) to shine brightly Her car gleamed in the sunshine. 2) a)… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 gleam — gleam1 [ glim ] verb intransitive 1. ) to shine brightly: Her car gleamed in the sunshine. 2. ) if your eyes gleam, you look excited or happy: SHINE a ) if a feeling or emotion gleams in your eyes, you express it with your eyes gleam gleam 2 [… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 gleam — I. noun Etymology: Middle English gleem, from Old English glǣm; akin to Old English geolu yellow more at yellow Date: 15th century 1. a. a transient appearance of subdued or partly obscured light < the gleam of dawn in the east > b. (1) a small… …

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  • 20 gleam — gleamingly, adv. gleamless, adj. /gleem/, n. 1. a flash or beam of light: the gleam of a lantern in the dark. 2. a dim or subdued light. 3. a brief or slight manifestation or occurrence; trace: a gleam of hope. v.i. 4. to send forth a gleam or… …

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