gleam

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gleam (plural gleams)

  1. a small or indistinct shaft or stream of light.
    • Longfellow
      A glimmer, and then a gleam 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.
    • Alexander Pope
      In the clear azure gleam the flocks are seen.

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gleam (third-person singular simple present gleams, present participle gleaming, simple past and past participle gleamed)

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

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  • gleam” in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  • gleam” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • "gleam" in On-line Medical Dictionary, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1997–2005.
  • "gleam" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.