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gleam

Noun

1 an appearance of reflected light [syn: gleaming, glow, lambency]
2 a flash of light (especially reflected light) [syn: gleaming, glimmer]

Verb

1 be shiny, as if wet; "His eyes were glistening" [syn: glitter, glisten, glint, shine]
2 shine brightly, like a star or a light [syn: glimmer]
3 appear briefly; "A terrible thought gleamed in her mind"

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English

Etymology

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. a small or indistinct shaft or stream of light.
  2. a glimpse or hint; an indistinct sign of something.
    The rescue workers preserved a gleam of optimism that they might still survive.
  3. brightness or shininess; splendor.

Synonyms

Translations

small shaft or stream of light
glimpse or indistinct sign
brightness or splendor

Verb

  1. To shine; to glitter; to glisten.
  2. To be briefly but strongly apparent.
  3. (obsolete, falconry) To disgorge filth, as a hawk.

Synonyms

Translations

to shine, glitter, or glisten
to radiate or emanate
to be briefly but strongly apparent

References

  • American Heritage 2000
  • Dictionary.com
  • CancerWEB
  • WordNet 2003

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