Gleam meaning

glēm
The definition of a gleam is a brief flash of light or a weak light that lasts for awhile.

An example of a gleam is a beam of light peeking through an open door.

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A brief beam or flash of light.

Saw gleams of daylight through the cracks.

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To emit a gleam; flash or glow.
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A flash or beam of light.
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To shine; to glitter; to glisten.
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Gleam is defined as to shine briefly, glow or flash.

An example of to gleam is to briefly shine a flashlight into a dark cave.

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A steady but subdued shining; a glow.

The gleam of burnished gold.

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A faint light.
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A brief or dim indication; a trace.

A gleam of intelligence.

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To be reflected as a gleam.

The sun gleamed on the water.

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To be manifested or indicated briefly or faintly.
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A reflected brightness, as from a polished surface.
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A brief, faint manifestation or trace, as of hope, understanding, etc.
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To shine or reflect with a gleam or gleams.
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To appear or be revealed briefly or suddenly.
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A small or indistinct shaft or stream of light.
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A glimpse or hint; an indistinct sign of something.

The rescue workers preserved a gleam of optimism that they might still survive.

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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

  • (noun) Originates before the first millennium from Middle English gleme, from Old English glæm; see Proto-Indo-European *ghel-.

    From Wiktionary

  • (verb) Derived from the Middle English noun form before the first millennium.

    From Wiktionary