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gleam

[gleem] /glim/
noun
1.
a flash or beam of light:
the gleam of a lantern in the dark.
2.
a dim or subdued light.
3.
a brief or slight manifestation or occurrence; trace:
a gleam of hope.
verb (used without object)
4.
to send forth a gleam or gleams.
5.
to appear suddenly and clearly like a flash of light.
Origin
1000
before 1000; (noun) Middle English glem(e), Old English glǣm; cognate with Old High German gleimo glowworm; akin to Old Saxon glīmo brightness; (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun See glimmer, glimpse
Related forms
gleamingly, adverb
gleamless, adjective
outgleam, verb (used with object)
ungleaming, adjective
Synonyms
1. Gleam, glimmer, beam, ray are terms for a stream of light. Gleam denotes a not very brilliant, intermittent or nondirectional stream of light. Glimmer indicates a nondirectional light that is feeble and unsteady: a faint glimmer of moonlight. Beam usually means a directional, and therefore smaller, stream: the beam from a searchlight. Ray usually implies a still smaller amount of light than a beam, a single line of light: a ray through a pinprick in a window shade. 4. shine, glimmer, flash, glitter, sparkle, beam.
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Examples for gleamed
  • Her eyes, all that could be seen, gleamed as she revelled in a new-found freedom.
  • He held a scissors high and turned it to every side so that the light gleamed off the blades.
  • Feet, hands and faces often gleamed out against the surrounding darkness.
  • Acre after acre waved with bending wheat and rye, and gleamed with the yellow sheen of ripening corn.
  • The new car from the award's sponsor gleamed nearby.
  • Fresh fruit and mini sugar-free gelatin parfaits gleamed pink and red on the tables.
  • Satin gowns gleamed and jewels glinted in special lighting that set marble columns aglow.
  • His bald head gleamed, as if still feverish under the indignity of second place on the ticket.
  • Intent is a question of fact and is subjective, but intent can be gleamed by objective evidence.
  • Other inmates have unwittingly provided information gleamed from cellmates while talking on the phone.
British Dictionary definitions for gleamed

gleam

/ɡliːm/
noun
1.
a small beam or glow of light, esp reflected light
2.
a brief or dim indication a gleam of hope
verb (intransitive)
3.
to send forth or reflect a beam of light
4.
to appear, esp briefly intelligence gleamed in his eyes
Derived Forms
gleaming, adjective
gleamy, adjective
gleamingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English glǣm; related to Old Norse gljā to flicker, Old High German gleimo glow-worm, glīmo brightness, Old Irish glē bright
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Word Origin and History for gleamed
gleam
O.E. glæm "brightness, splendor, radiance," from P.Gmc. *glaimiz (cf. M.H.G. glim "spark," gleime "glowworm;" O.N. glija "to shine, glitter"), from root *glim-, from PIE *ghlei- "to shine, glitter, glow, be warm." Verb is early 13c., from the noun.
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