Gleam Definition

glēm
gleamed, gleaming, gleams
noun
gleams
A flash or beam of light.
Webster's New World
A steady but subdued shining; a glow.
The gleam of burnished gold.
American Heritage
A faint light.
Webster's New World
A reflected brightness, as from a polished surface.
Webster's New World
A brief, faint manifestation or trace, as of hope, understanding, etc.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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verb
gleamed, gleaming, gleams
To emit a gleam; flash or glow.
American Heritage
To shine or reflect with a gleam or gleams.
Webster's New World
To appear or be revealed briefly or suddenly.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
  • dull
  • be dull
  • be dim

Other Word Forms of Gleam

Noun

Singular:
gleam
Plural:
gleams

Origin of Gleam

  • Middle English glem from Old English glǣm ghel-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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