Gleam v. i. Falconry To disgorge filth, as a hawk.
1. A shoot of light; a small stream of light; a beam; a ray; a glimpse.
Transient unexpected gleams of joi. --Addison.
At last a gleam
Of dawning light turned thitherward in haste
His [Satan's] traveled steps. --Milton.
A glimmer, and then a gleam of light. --Longfellow.
2. Brightness; splendor.
In the clear azure gleam the flocks are seen. --Pope.
Gleam, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gleamed p. pr. & vb. n. Gleaming.]
1. To shoot, or dart, as rays of light; as, at the dawn, light gleams in the east.
2. To shine; to cast light; to glitter.
Syn: -- To Gleam, Glimmer, Glitter.
Usage: To gleam denotes a faint but distinct emission of light. To glimmer describes an indistinct and unsteady giving of light. To glitter imports a brightness that is intense, but varying. The morning light gleams upon the earth; a distant taper glimmers through the mist; a dewdrop glitters in the sun. See Flash.
Gleam, v. t. To shoot out (flashes of light, etc.).
Dying eyes gleamed forth their ashy lights. --Shak.
n 1: an appearance of reflected light [syn: gleaming, glow, lambency]
2: a flash of light (especially reflected light) [syn: gleaming,
v 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"