1. Partial or total darkness; thick shade; obscurity; as, the gloom of a forest, or of midnight.
2. A shady, gloomy, or dark place or grove.
Before a gloom of stubborn-shafted oaks. --Tennyson .
3. Cloudiness or heaviness of mind; melancholy; aspect of sorrow; low spirits; dullness.
A sullen gloom and furious disorder prevailed by fits. --Burke.
4. In gunpowder manufacture, the drying oven.
Syn: -- Darkness; dimness; obscurity; heaviness; dullness; depression; melancholy; dejection; sadness. See Darkness.
Gloom, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gloomed p. pr. & vb. n. Glooming.]
1. To shine or appear obscurely or imperfectly; to glimmer.
2. To become dark or dim; to be or appear dismal, gloomy, or sad; to come to the evening twilight.
The black gibbet glooms beside the way. --Goldsmith.
[This weary day] . . . at last I see it gloom. --Spenser.
Gloom, v. t.
1. To render gloomy or dark; to obscure; to darken.
A bow window . . . gloomed with limes. --Walpole.
A black yew gloomed the stagnant air. --Tennyson.
2. To fill with gloom; to make sad, dismal, or sullen.
Such a mood as that which lately gloomed
Your fancy. --Tennison.
What sorrows gloomed that parting day. --Goldsmith.
n 1: a state of partial or total darkness; "he struck a match to
dispell the gloom" [syn: somberness, sombreness]
2: a feeling of melancholy apprehension [syn: gloominess, somberness]
3: an atmosphere of depression and melancholy; "gloom pervaded
the office" [syn: gloominess, glumness]