- a flash or beam of light: the gleam of a lantern in the dark.
- a dim or subdued light.
- a brief or slight manifestation or occurrence; trace: a gleam of hope.
- to send forth a gleam or gleams.
- to appear suddenly and clearly like a flash of light.
Origin of gleam
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Examples from the Web for gleamed
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
January 6, 2012
His hair was glued to his temples by the rain, which gleamed on his face.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
The black eyes of Monsieur de Boisdhyver gleamed unpleasantly.The Inn at the Red Oak
One of the faint lights that gleamed in the village was extinguished.A Spirit in Prison
As she stood in the one, gazing at the other, truer relationship had gleamed.
She raised her face, which gleamed in the twilight like a puff-ball.
- a small beam or glow of light, esp reflected light
- a brief or dim indicationa gleam of hope
- to send forth or reflect a beam of light
- to appear, esp brieflyintelligence gleamed in his eyes
Word Origin and History for gleamed
early 13c., from gleam (n). Related: Gleamed; gleaming.
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).