a flash or beam of light: the gleam of a lantern in the dark.
a dim or subdued light.
to send forth a gleam or gleams.
to appear suddenly and clearly like a flash of light.
- gleam·less, adjective
- out·gleam, verb (used with object)
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How to use gleam in a sentence
How his face gleamed in the darkness, drawing swiftly nearer!Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show | Robert W. Chambers | February 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They were identical save for the bronze nameplates that gleamed darkly in the hushed dimness.A Mother’s Brave Eulogy For Her Three Girls Killed in Connecticut Fire | Michael Daly | January 6, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Her eyes gleamed bright and intense, with no sleepy shadows, as they looked into his.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
When the first sunbeam gleamed through the window of Bat's tiny kitchen, I arose, pulled on my boots and went to feed my horse.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
Light gleamed on the staircase, and breathless voices were wafted up to the two men.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
He looked back before he plunged out into the darkness, and his teeth gleamed in a smile.
The gray desert sparkled and gleamed in front of the roadster, but behind it was blotted out by the dust of that mad flight.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
British Dictionary definitions for gleam
a small beam or glow of light, esp reflected light
a brief or dim indication: a gleam of hope
to send forth or reflect a beam of light
to appear, esp briefly: intelligence gleamed in his eyes
- gleaming, adjective
- gleamy, adjective
- gleamingly, adverb
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