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gleam


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gleam  \Gleam\,  v.  t. 
  To  shoot  out  (flashes  of  light,  etc.). 
 
  Dying  eyes  gleamed  forth  their  ashy  lights.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gleam  \Gleam\,  v.  i.  [Cf.  OE  glem  birdlime,  glue,  phlegm,  and 
  E.  englaimed.]  (Falconry) 
  To  disgorge  filth,  as  a  hawk. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gleam  \Gleam\,  n.  [OE.  glem,  gleam,  AS  gl[ae]m,  prob.  akin  to 
  E.  glimmer,  and  perh.  to  Gr  ?  warm,  ?  to  warm.  Cf 
  {Glitter}.] 
  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. 
  --Pope. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gleam 
  n  1:  an  appearance  of  reflected  light  [syn:  {gleaming},  {glow},  {lambency}] 
  2:  a  flash  of  light  (especially  reflected  light)  [syn:  {gleaming}, 
  {glimmer}] 
  v  1:  be  shiny,  as  if  wet;  "His  eyes  were  glistening"  [syn:  {glitter}, 
  {glisten},  {glint},  {shine}] 
  2:  shine  brightly,  like  a  star  or  a  light  [syn:  {glimmer}] 
  3:  appear  briefly;  "A  terrible  thought  gleamed  in  her  mind" 




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