noun \ˈglēm\

: a small, bright light

: a bright or shining quality

: a small amount or sign of something

Full Definition of GLEAM

a :  a transient appearance of subdued or partly obscured light <the gleam of dawn in the east>
b (1) :  a small bright light <the gleam of a match>
(2) :  glint <a gleam in his eyes>
:  a brief or faint appearance <a gleam of hope>
gleamy \ˈglē-mē\ adjective

Examples of GLEAM

  1. He saw the gleam of a flashlight in the distance.
  2. the rich gleam of the polished wood

Origin of GLEAM

Middle English gleem, from Old English glǣm; akin to Old English geolu yellow — more at yellow
First Known Use: 15th century



: to shine brightly

Full Definition of GLEAM

intransitive verb
:  to shine with or as if with subdued steady light or moderate brightness
:  to appear briefly or faintly <a light gleamed in the distance>
transitive verb
:  to cause to gleam

Examples of GLEAM

  1. The sun gleamed on the water.
  2. His eyes were gleaming with delight.

First Known Use of GLEAM



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