verb (used without object)
Origin of gleam
Examples from the Web for gleam
Polish them until they gleam with malice, wicked glee, and non-registry gifts.
The gleam of hope in this darkness is the number of men who came out to protest and who shielded women from baton blows.India’s Fatal Rape Was Typical in a Country That Degrades Women|Anuradha Roy|January 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
When Clay held the world title aloft, Lipsyte saw in the gleam of the belt sports and '60s social upheaval and his own careerism.
Nor will there be a sequel—a courtesy extended every Pixar movie except Toy Story, thus lending each a gleam of singularity.
And yet there was one gleam of hope, feeble as the yellow flicker of the gas-lamp across the way.The Big Bow Mystery|I. Zangwill
But none of these productions would have one gleam of genuine native vitality about it.Modern Leaders: Being a Series of Biographical Sketches|Justin McCarthy
In sudden climax the motion of the waves fills all the brass in triumphant paean, in the gleam of high noon.Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies|Philip H. Goepp
The tree righted itself, and a gleam of hope lightened Samba's mind when he saw that the crocodile was in the water.Samba|Herbert Strang
It was a gruesome picture, for, even when he was invisible, it seemed to Fred he could see the gleam of those eyes fixed upon him.Two Boys in Wyoming|Edward S. Ellis
Word Origin for gleam
Old English glæm "brilliant light; brightness, splendor, radiance," from Proto-Germanic *glaimiz (cf. Old Saxon glimo "brightness;" Middle High German glim "spark," gleime "glowworm;" German glimmen "to glimmer, glow;" Old Norse glija "to shine, glitter"), from root *glim-, from PIE *ghel- "to shine, glitter, glow" (see glass).
early 13c., from gleam (n). Related: Gleamed; gleaming.