gleam


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) if your eyes gleam, you look excited or happy
b) if a feeling or emotion gleams in your eyes, you express it with your eyes

II UK [ɡliːm] / US [ɡlɪm] noun [countable]
Word forms "gleam":
singular gleam plural gleams
1) a bright light reflected from something
2) a look of emotion or excitement in someone's eyes

There was an evil gleam in his eye as he spoke.


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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gleam — gleam·ing·ly; gleam·less; gleam·er; gleam; …   English syllables

  • 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 …   English terms dictionary

  • 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 …   English World dictionary

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

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

  • 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,… …   New thesaurus

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

  • 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

  • gleam — vb *flash, glance, glint, sparkle, glitter, glisten, scintillate, coruscate, twinkle …   New Dictionary of Synonyms