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Definition of "gleam" []

  • A brief beam or flash of light: saw gleams of daylight through the cracks. (noun)
  • A steady but subdued shining; a glow: the gleam of burnished gold. (noun)
  • A brief or dim indication; a trace: a gleam of intelligence. (noun)
  • To emit a gleam; flash or glow: "It shone with gold and gleamed with ivory” ( Edith Hamilton). See Synonyms at flash. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be manifested or indicated briefly or faintly. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "gleam" in a sentence
  • "Because East Valley HS, despite its high tech gleam, is full of gangs. linus Says:"
  • "See what you can gleam from the latest footage posted over at You Tube through Michael Bay's site, bear with it as we get some Pirates stuff beforehand, but then it's all Transformers."
  • "The bed, the mirror, the white jug and basin gleam like the sky outside."