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See also: glean
- (noun) From Middle English gleme, from Old English glæm, from Proto-Germanic *glaimiz, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰley-.
- (verb) Derived from the Middle English noun form before the first millennium.
gleam (plural gleams)
- A small or indistinct shaft or stream of light.
- (figuratively) A glimpse or hint; an indistinct sign of something.
- Brightness or shininess; splendor.
- 1966, Bobby Hebb (lyrics and music), “Sunny”:
- Sunny, thank you for that smile upon your face / Sunny, thank you, thank you for the gleam that flows its grace
small shaft or stream of light
glimpse or indistinct sign
brightness or splendor
- To shine; to glitter; to glisten.
- To be briefly but strongly apparent.
- (obsolete, falconry) To disgorge filth, as a hawk.
to shine, glitter, or glisten
to be briefly but strongly apparent
- “gleam”, in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin, 2000, →ISBN
- “gleam” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
- "gleam" in On-line Medical Dictionary, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1997–2005.
- "gleam" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.