• "Each sits apart, enwrapped in voiceless gloom."
    "Each sits apart, enwrapped in voiceless gloom."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gloom a feeling of melancholy apprehension
    • n gloom a state of partial or total darkness "he struck a match to dispel the gloom"
    • n gloom an atmosphere of depression and melancholy "gloom pervaded the office"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gloom A shady, gloomy, or dark place or grove. "Before a gloom of stubborn-shafted oaks."
    • Gloom Cloudiness or heaviness of mind; melancholy; aspect of sorrow; low spirits; dullness. "A sullen gloom and furious disorder prevailed by fits."
    • Gloom In gunpowder manufacture, the drying oven.
    • Gloom Partial or total darkness; thick shade; obscurity; as, the gloom of a forest, or of midnight.
    • Gloom To become dark or dim; to be or appear dismal, gloomy, or sad; to come to the evening twilight. "The black gibbet glooms beside the way.""This weary day] . . . at last I see it gloom ."
    • Gloom To fill with gloom; to make sad, dismal, or sullen. "Such a mood as that which lately gloomed Your fancy.""What sorrows gloomed that parting day."
    • Gloom To render gloomy or dark; to obscure; to darken. "A bow window . . . gloomed with limes.""A black yew gloomed the stagnant air."
    • Gloom To shine or appear obscurely or imperfectly; to glimmer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gloom Dim, glimmering shade; deep twilight; cheerless obscurity; darkness: as, the gloom of a forest.
    • n gloom Hence — A dark place.
    • n gloom Cloudiness or heaviness of mind; dejection, melancholy, sullenness, and the like, or an aspect indicative of such feelings.
    • n gloom A depressing or disheartening condition of affairs; a dismal aspect or prospect.
    • n gloom In gunpowder-manuf., the drying-oven. Synonyms Obscurity, Dimness, etc. See darkness.— Depression, melancholy, sadness.
    • gloom To appear dimly; be seen in an imperfect or waning light; glimmer; be in darkness or obscurity.
    • gloom To exhibit or produce a somber or melancholy feeling; appear sad, gloomy, or dismal; frown; lower.
    • gloom To darken, or make dark, gloomy, or somber.
    • gloom To fill with gloom or despondency; make gloomy or sad.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gloom glōōm partial darkness: cloudiness: heaviness of mind, sadness: hopelessness: sullenness
    • v.i Gloom to be sullen or dejected: to be cloudy or obscure
    • v.t Gloom to fill with gloom
    • n Gloom twilight: gloaming
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  • Herodotus
    “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. [The Motto Of The U.S. Postal Service]”
  • Maurice Maeterlinck
    Maurice Maeterlinck
    “Remember that happiness is as contagious as gloom. It should be the first duty of those who are happy to let others know of their gladness.”
  • Leigh Hunt
    “Night's deepest gloom is but a calm; that soothes the weary mind: The labored days restoring balm; the comfort of mankind.”
  • William Wordsworth
    “Lost in a gloom of uninspired research.”
  • Ezra Pound
    “Gloom and solemnity are entirely out of place in even the most rigorous study of an art originally intended to make glad the heart of man.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. glōm, twilight, from the root of E. glow,. See Glow, and cf. Glum Gloam


In literature:

His voice, his look, his mien, betrayed that an ever-living woe encompassed him with gloom.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
Peering through the gloom, Marcellus saw an opening in the path which led further down.
"The Martyr of the Catacombs" by Anonymous
But they were shrieking from the gloom at him to-night.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Gradually as she peered, that something detached itself from the surrounding gloom.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Protesting shouts from all about in the gloom greeted that signal.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
The bay stretched out before them, tranced and shimmering; a few stars shone down through the gloom of dusk.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Standing there, he looked first across the Plain and then into the gloom of the cavern, but no enemy was in sight.
"The Shadow Witch" by Gertrude Crownfield
We sat around and mourned and gloomed and agreed with them until we were ready to yell with disgust.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
So it was that the young Shawanoe pressed forward with long, swift strides until the gloom shut out all sight of the footprints.
"Deerfoot in The Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
Some of the others had come out, for there were voices in the gloom.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss

In poetry:

Her life was all a laughter,
Her days were all a smile,
Her heart was pure and happy,
She knew not gloom nor guile.
"A Laugh -- And A Moan" by Abram Joseph Ryan
O sudden voice of sweet surprise,
What truth is in thy tone,
That two can find a paradise
Where one—but gloom alone.
"The Bridge" by Alexander Anderson
Her mind lives in a quiet room,
A narrow room, and tall,
With pretty lamps to quench the gloom
And mottoes on the wall.
"Interior" by Dorothy Parker
But I turn away in sadness
From the pain, and gloom, and tears,
Rising upward with that vision,
In the midway of his years:
"Dante" by Alexander Anderson
For something viewlessly around
Of solemn influence dwelt,
In the soft gloom and whispery sound,
Not to be told, but felt;
"The Spanish Chapel" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
She sat there in the shining room;
Her hair was silver grey.
He stared and stared from out the gloom;
He turned to go away.
"The Return" by Robert W Service

In news:

Tucson News NowAmid Vietnam gloom , US company promises riches.
Amid Vietnam economic gloom , US sales firm promises riches for "potion and lotion" hawkers.
Israeli strikes on Gaza adds to market gloom .
In the wake of the recent presidential election, many Republicans across the country remain shell-shocked, some on suicide watch, with doom and gloom lurking on every corner.
Stanford football fans, as expected, dominated the dawn "College Gameday" gloom.
The Rolling Stones release their new single 'Doom and Gloom'.
The Vikings have practiced tuning out gloom-and-doom predictions since last season.
INTERVIEWS Rolling Stones' 'Doom and Gloom' Video Celebrates Apocalypse in Style .
Gathering gloom over OPEC's 'Russian roulette' ignores likelihood of a new supply disruption.
Lofty Gains Lift Gloom in IPO Market.
Gloom on Jobs, Hope on Manufacturing .
From the gloom and doom of a season on the brink back in early December.
INTERVIEWS Hear Maria Minerva 's Lo-Fi Gloom-Disco EP 'Sacred & Profane Love'.
Gloom is always right outside Steinberg's window, and as he concludes he cracks it open.
I don't know about you, but I think all of this talk about doom and gloom on December 21st, 2012 is a load of hooey.

In science:

Gloom et al., Review of Particle Physics, Eur.
Final-state interaction and s-quark helicity conservation in B -> J/psi K*