gleaming

Definitions

  • The Gleam that Brings Hope
    The Gleam that Brings Hope
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj gleaming bright with a steady but subdued shining "from the plane we saw the city below agleam with lights","the gleaming brass on the altar","Nereids beneath the nitid moon"
    • n gleaming an appearance of reflected light
    • n gleaming 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."

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gleaming A flash or ray of light, or something comparable to it; a gleam.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gleaming a sudden shoot of light
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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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. glǽm, gleam, brightness (see Glimmer); akin to glass, glow.

Usage

In literature:

They made another turn, and in front of them shone out a light, gleaming dully like a will-of-the-wisp.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
Her coarse white teeth gleamed in a gold-capped smile.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
She came to a large garden gleaming with a thousand colors.
"The Adventures of Maya the Bee" by Waldemar Bonsels
Hazlitt looked about him and saw strange faces light up, strange eyes gleam out of the electric-glowing dusk.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
Lights were gleaming from the cottage windows as they rowed slowly back.
"Frank Merriwell's Pursuit" by Burt L. Standish
It was the gleam of water.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
The myriads of glancing eyes, sparkling like phosphoric gleams, no longer flashed terror.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
It was high time, for up the passage shone the gleam of torches.
"The River of Darkness" by William Murray Graydon
He saw the gleam of the lantern go by, and then a rifle cracked sharply.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
And there was a gleam of vengeance in the cadet's eye as he went to the gun again.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
But Captain Mayo, pacing under the damp gleam of the riding-light, paid but little heed to the hullabaloo.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Rose held a red parasol, which gleamed against the trees; Dandie leapt about her, but she was too busy talking to take much notice of him.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
After that his memories of Philip and himself were as two gleams of sunshine which mingle and become one.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
And a glitter of gold sparkled with a wicked gleam in the pupils of her sea-green eyes.
"Mayflower (Flor de mayo)" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
She started, and her eyes lit with a gleam of satisfaction.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Numerous recesses, containing pans and plates that gleamed by day, were wrapped in vague mystery.
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
Her sleepy eyes were watching the last dying gleam of daylight away in the west.
"In the Brooding Wild" by Ridgwell Cullum
It was high time, for up the passage shone the gleam of torches.
"Guy in the Jungle" by William Murray Graydon
And in a miracle is there not a gleam of terror, as there is a gleam of stormy yellow in the fated opal?
"Bye-Ways" by Robert Smythe Hichens
His eyes gleamed malevolently.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
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In poetry:

I love the merry moonlight,
For when it gleams so mildly
The passions rest that rule the breast
At other times so wildly.
"I Love The Merry Moonlight" by Robert Hogg
How oft have I laid fold from fold
And peered into my mind—
To see of all the purple and gold
Not one gleam left behind!
"The Prism" by George MacDonald
White stars shone out with mystic gleams
The woods illuming:
It seemed as if the trees in dreams
Once more were blooming.
"The River Maiden" by Victor James Daley
When falls the cause of Right,
The poet grasps his pen,
And in gleaming letters of living light
Transmits the truth to men.
"Sentinel Songs" by Abram Joseph Ryan
The first could turn the lightning,
And quench its ruddy gleam:
The second, with a whisper,
Could still the running stream:
"The Heroes Of Dovrefeld (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
Good sailor come and tell me now
Is that my Lady's lily hand?
Or is it but the gleaming prow,
Or is it but the silver sand?
"Serenade" by Oscar Wilde

In news:

Even the phone number touts the Revolutionary heritage of this charming inn, with its dark wood and gleaming brass.
In the heyday of train travel, before airplanes overtook the gleaming locomotives that clicked and chugged from one end of the country and back, uniformed Pullman porter s were a familiar sight.
If Cars 2 is this weekend's gleaming Hummer of a movie, then the low-budget jape of The Trip is a restored 1980s Monte Carlo.
Beautiful old flatware, whether it is silver or silver-plated , has a special soft gleam to it that just can't be bought new.
The machine dominates one entire wall of the spacious and gleaming manufacturing plant.
Atlantic City's Gleaming Vision Has Some Tarnish , Warns Mayor.
A Gleaming Computer-Science Complex Worthy of M.C.
Are you a gleaming hardwoods fan or is plush wall-to-wall more your taste.
Fresh off a comeback victory in the A Gleam Handicap, dual Grade 1 winner Switch wheels right back for trainer John Sadler while returning to two turns in the $300,000 Clement L Hirsch Stakes Aug 4 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.
A Gleaming Computer -Science Complex Worthy of M.C.
Lights in facilities all over Wilson County were gleaming Saturday evening as the 10th annual Dare To Dine event for Leadership Wilson began.
For 'Twilight's' last gleaming, 'Breaking Dawn .
As television news moves ever closer to irrelevance, the story of Walter Cronkite's career gleams with nostalgia.
Her gold cross and spire crown the Comstock from any direction, white tower gleaming in the sun.
A gleaming new, thoroughly retro shop in Panguitch's restored Gem Theatre serves up 18 flavors—and sundaes all named for movies.
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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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