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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. an appearance of reflected light;
[syn: gleam, gleaming, glow, lambency]

2. a flash of light (especially reflected light);
[syn: gleam, gleaming, glimmer]


VERB (3)

1. be shiny, as if wet;
- Example: "His eyes were glistening"
[syn: glitter, glisten, glint, gleam, shine]

2. shine brightly, like a star or a light;
[syn: gleam, glimmer]

3. appear briefly;
- Example: "A terrible thought gleamed in her mind"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gleam \Gleam\, v. t. To shoot out (flashes of light, etc.). [1913 Webster] Dying eyes gleamed forth their ashy lights. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gleam \Gleam\, v. i. [Cf. OE. glem birdlime, glue, phlegm, and E. englaimed.] (Falconry) To disgorge filth, as a hawk. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gleam \Gleam\, n. [OE. glem, gleam, AS. gl[ae]m, prob. akin to E. glimmer, and perh. to Gr. ? warm, ? to warm. Cf. Glitter.] [1913 Webster] 1. A shoot of light; a small stream of light; a beam; a ray; a glimpse. [1913 Webster] Transient unexpected gleams of joi. --Addison. [1913 Webster] At last a gleam Of dawning light turned thitherward in haste His [Satan's] traveled steps. --Milton. [1913 Webster] A glimmer, and then a gleam of light. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster] 2. Brightness; splendor. [1913 Webster] In the clear azure gleam the flocks are seen. --Pope. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gleam \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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

gleam n 1: an appearance of reflected light [syn: gleam, gleaming, glow, lambency] 2: a flash of light (especially reflected light) [syn: gleam, gleaming, glimmer] v 1: be shiny, as if wet; "His eyes were glistening" [syn: glitter, glisten, glint, gleam, shine] 2: shine brightly, like a star or a light [syn: gleam, glimmer] 3: appear briefly; "A terrible thought gleamed in her mind"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

32 Moby Thesaurus words for "gleam": beam, burn, coruscation, flare, flash, flicker, glance, glare, glimmer, glint, glisten, glitter, glow, hint, indication, inkling, light, look, radiate, ray, scintilla, scintillate, scintillation, shaft, shimmer, shine, spark, sparkle, suggestion, trace, twinkle, vestige