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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.