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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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  • Stylish teenagers flock to the gleaming mega-mall, watched by shirtless beggars crouched in gutters.
  • Earlier this year, a gleaming new pedestrian bridge near the old town was unveiled to much fanfare.
  • It was adorned with gleaming white limestone buildings, terraced gardens, and ritual baths.
  • Soon the old lunch wagon was carted away and demolished, replaced by the gleaming diner.
  • His camera swoops through and around gleaming gears and flywheels, levers and pulleys, pistons and locomotives.
  • Since my father's time, the campus has been transformed by gleaming buildings, but its nuclear legacy remains.
  • Even the rest rooms are special, all gleaming white porcelain and staffed by uniformed attendants.
  • We see only a few quick birds, as well as some fragrant shrubs sheltered by gleaming white chunks of granite.
  • That's the problem with exploration-one doesn't always find a gem or a pristine artifact gleaming on the seafloor.
  • Further on gleaming ranks of cars await their vessel.
British Dictionary definitions for gleaming

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 gleaming

gleam

n.

Old English glæm "brilliant light; brightness, splendor, radiance," from Proto-Germanic *glaimiz (cf. Old Saxon glimo "brightness;" Middle High German glim "spark," gleime "glowworm;" German glimmen "to glimmer, glow;" Old Norse glija "to shine, glitter"), from root *glim-, from PIE *ghel- "to shine, glitter, glow" (see glass).

v.

early 13c., from gleam (n). Related: Gleamed; gleaming.

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