gleam

Definitions

  • The Gleam that Brings Hope
    The Gleam that Brings Hope
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v gleam appear briefly "A terrible thought gleamed in her mind"
    • v gleam shine brightly, like a star or a light
    • v gleam be shiny, as if wet "His eyes were glistening"
    • n gleam an appearance of reflected light
    • n gleam a flash of light (especially reflected light)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"THESE ARE THE SPIRES THAT WERE GLEAMING." "THESE ARE THE SPIRES THAT WERE GLEAMING."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gleam A shoot of light; a small stream of light; a beam; a ray; a glimpse. "Transient unexpected gleams of joi.""At last a gleam Of dawning light turned thitherward in haste
      His [Satan's] traveled steps."
      "A glimmer, and then a gleam of light."
    • Gleam Brightness; splendor. "In the clear azure gleam the flocks are seen."
    • v. i Gleam (Falconry) To disgorge filth, as a hawk.
    • Gleam To shine; to cast light; to glitter.
    • v. t Gleam To shoot out (flashes of light, etc.). "Dying eyes gleamed forth their ashy lights."
    • Gleam To shoot, or dart, as rays of light; as, at the dawn, light gleams in the east.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gleam Brightness; splendor.
    • n gleam A flash of light; a beam; a ray; a small stream of light; a dim or subdued glow; hence, something conceived as analogous to a flash or beam of light.
    • n gleam Specifically— A flash of lightning.
    • n gleam A hot interval between showers.
    • gleam To dart or throw rays of light; glimmer; glitter; shine; dawn; hence, to appear suddenly and clearly, like a beam or flash of light.
    • gleam To glance; look.
    • gleam Synonyms Glisten, Glitter, etc. See glare, intransitive verb
    • gleam Same as glean.
    • gleam In falconry, to disgorge refuse from the stomach, as a hawk.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Gleam glēm to glow or shine: to flash
    • n Gleam a small stream of light: a beam: brightness
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Quotations

  • Charles Laughton
    Charles Laughton
    “They can't censor the gleam in my eye.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas%20Carlyle
    “Life is a little gleam of time between two eternity s.”
  • Mae West
    Mae%20West
    “Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas%20Carlyle
    “I have seen gleams in the face and eyes of the man that have let you look into a higher country.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. glem, gleam, AS. glæm, prob. akin to E. glimmer, and perh. to Gr. warm, to warm. Cf. Glitter

Usage

In literature:

Then it crept through Battersea, wound snake-like across the gleaming Thames, and came to rest in Victoria Station.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
Quivering and gleaming with all her subtle fires, the dragon-fly stood motionless on the log for a few seconds.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Morgan's eyes gleamed with satisfaction.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
John noted the head of a nail that stuck gleaming up.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
The firelight shone on her lovely face, and on the gleaming softness of her hair.
"The Mistress of Shenstone" by Florence L. Barclay
Rough-bearded, bronzed like a sailor, his brown eyes gleam with kindness and intelligence.
"A Village of Vagabonds" by F. Berkeley Smith
I knew he would bring me shells from the Gulf of Lepanto, or perhaps even a bright gleaming knife.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
It gleamed in her head, gleamed in joy, beamed brightly in her longing.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
The girl's eyes gleamed as she saw the writing.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
The bright black bird-eyes had a gleam as of tears.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
In the light of the little hallway her hair gleamed like dull gold.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
On hearing them, a gleam, like a sudden flash of sunlight, passed over the countenance of the squatter.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Elizabeth flashed back at him the same smile, a sudden gleam of white even teeth in a rather generous red mouth.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
It hung there before them, a great gleaming globe, keeping always its distance ahead.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
From a little way ahead came a gleam of calm water through the greenery.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Claws gleamed on his shoulder.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Brown was gazing with gleaming eyes at the young card player over whose shoulder the white-armed girl hung.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
She saw a single gleam of light that vanished in the darkness.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge
When I climbed the hill on Cliff Street that night I turned by the bushes and caught the gleam of Marjie's light.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
The long trail of white, curdling foam in her track gleamed like a silver cleft in a dark gulf.
"A Monk of Cruta" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
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In poetry:

"What is that," King Olaf said,
"Gleams so bright above my head?
Wherefore standest thou so white
In pale moonlight?"
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf VIII. -- Gudrun" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Or, if this transient gleam of day
Be all of life we share,
Let pity plead within thy breast,
That little all to spare.
"The Mouse's Petition" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
But the way she came was dark,
Ere she reach'd the partial gleam,
And dark her way again,
When past the silvery stream.
"Moonlight" by Caroline Fry
Glides the swan among the rushes
To its rest where moonlight gleams,
And the angels' whisper hushes...
Peaceful dreams!
"Drowsy Birds" by Mihai Eminescu
Of such was I, ah me! till, lo,
Your face on mine did gleam,
And changed that world, I used to know,
Into an evil dream.
"Lilith" by Madison Julius Cawein
Now, where my darling lies at rest,
I do not dare to sigh,
For look! there gleams upon my breast
A snow-white butterfly.
"The Comforter" by Robert W Service

In news:

Squirt suntanning is a brilliant way to cheat mother nature and get a lovely sunlight-kissed gleam with out revealing skin to damaging Ultra violet rays.
Gleam of Hope aims to follow stablemate as winner of Grade III race.
Petaluma gleams above the harbor in the heart of downtown.
The gleaming dark green cruising car was placed in the Elwood Haynes museum garage when it arrived in Kokomo last week.
Most of the gleaming steel tanks outside Fage's yogurt factory hold milk.
Despite the recent arrival of a Starbucks and gleaming new office towers fulfilling Mayor Giuliani's Disneyfied vision of New York, Hell's Kitchen still retains plenty of eclectic grit.
And perhaps people are waking up to the rottenness beneath the universities' gleaming veneer.
In Humboldt Bay, stories lurk within the rusting beaters and gleaming glories.
On a cool December day, the sedans gleam outside Sterling BMW in Newport Beach, big red, shiny bows on their windshields visible to motorists zooming along Pacific Coast Highway.
Los Angeles has a gleaming gay and lesbian center that takes up a whole block.
After all, how can you have a say in a car that was built years before you were even a gleam in your parents' eyes.
For 'Twilight's' last gleaming, 'Breaking Dawn.
T he walls of Sanjay Sharma's music shop are lined with gleaming string instruments and old photographs of legendary musicians.
Vic punches up her black and white ensemble with a bold, gleaming pink lip .
A real estate titan for a new century, Mort Zuckerman is out -Trumping Trump- revolutionizing the risky business of erecting gleaming skyscrapers.
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In science:

Finally there are the ‘gleam in the eye’ plans for novel initiatives: a τ -charm factory at Cornell, deep inelastic neutrino scattering at ν factories and a glue-charm factory at GSI.
Heavy Flavour Physics: On Its More Than 50 Years Of History, Its Future And The Rio Manifesto
An indication of the relation between subordination and random matrices gleamed when Voiculescu discovered () that the Stieltjes transform of the free convolution of probability measures is subordinated to the Stieltjes transforms of each of the original measures.
Subordination of the resolvent for a sum of random matrices
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