gleam1 [gli:m] v
1.) to shine softly
= ↑glimmer
His teeth gleamed under his moustache.
gleam with
The wooden panelling was gleaming with wax polish.
2.) if your eyes or face gleam with a feeling, they show it
= ↑glint gleam with
He laughed, his eyes gleaming with amusement.
>gleaming[i] adj
gleaming white walls
WORD CHOICE: gleam, glint, glisten, glitter, glow
All these words mean 'to shine' but are used in slightly different ways.
gleam is used especially of smooth clean surfaces that shine : She polished the car until it gleamed. | gleaming white teeth
glint means to shine brightly with a small flash of light. It is used especially of shiny metals : Her jewellery glinted in the sun.
glisten is used of wet or oily surfaces that shine : The wet streets glistened.
glitter means to shine brightly with many small flashes of light : the glittering frost
glow means to shine with a warm soft steady light. It is often used of things that give off heat : The coal in the fireplace was still glowing.
gleam 2
gleam2 n
[: Old English; Origin: glAm]
1.) a small pale light, especially one that shines for a short time
= ↑glimmer gleam of
They saw a sudden gleam of light.
2.) the brightness of something that shines
= ↑glint gleam of
the gleam of gold and diamonds
3.) an emotion or expression that appears for a moment on someone's face
gleam of
She saw a gleam of amusement in his eyes.
Rose looked at me with a furious gleam in her eyes.
4.) sth is a gleam in sb's eye
used to say that something is being planned or thought about, but does not yet exist
In those days, CD-ROMs were still just a gleam in the eye of some young engineer.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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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

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