GLEAM, n. [L. flamma.] The radical sense is to throw, to shoot or dart, and it may be of the same family as clamo,clamor, a shoot of the voice. 1. A shoot of light; a beam; a ray; a small stream of light. A gleam of dawning light, metaphorically, a gleam of hope. 2. Brightness; splendor. In the clear azure gleam the flocks are seen. GLEAM, v.i. To shoot or dart, as rays of light. At the dawn light gleams in the east. 1. To shine; to cast light. 2. To flash; to spread a flood of light. [Less common.] 3. Among falconers, to disgorge filth, as a hawk.
I. nounEtymology: Middle English gleem, from Old English gl?m; akin to Old English geolu yellow — more at yellowDate: 15th century 1.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> 2. a brief or faint appearance <a gleam of hope> • gleamyadjectiveII. verbDate: 1508 intransitive verb1. to shine with or as if with subdued steady light or moderate brightness 2. to appear briefly or faintly <a light gleamed in the distance> transitive verb to cause to gleam Synonyms:seeflash
n. & v. --n. 1 a faint or brief light (a gleam of sunlight). 2 a faint, sudden, intermittent, or temporary show (not a gleam of hope). --v.intr. 1 emit gleams. 2 shine with a faint or intermittent brightness. 3 (of a quality) be indicated (fear gleamed in his eyes). Derivatives: gleamingly adv. gleamy adj. Etymology: OE glæm: cf. GLIMMER
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.
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.
(gleams, gleaming, gleamed) 1. If an object or a surface gleams, it reflects light because it is shiny and clean. His black hair gleamed in the sun....a gleaming red sports car.VERB: V, V-ing 2. You can refer to the light reflected from something as a gleam. (LITERARY) ...the gleam of the dark river...In the light from the hall, her hair had a golden gleam.N-SING 3. If your eyes gleam, they look bright and show that you are excited or happy. (WRITTEN) = glisten, shine VERB 4. A gleam of something is a faint sign of it. There was a gleam of hope for a peaceful settlement.= glimmer N-COUNT: N of n