from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A brief beam or flash of light: saw gleams of daylight through the cracks.
  • n. A steady but subdued shining; a glow: the gleam of burnished gold.
  • n. A brief or dim indication; a trace: a gleam of intelligence.
  • intransitive v. To emit a gleam; flash or glow: "It shone with gold and gleamed with ivory” ( Edith Hamilton). See Synonyms at flash.
  • intransitive v. To be manifested or indicated briefly or faintly.
  • transitive v. To cause to emit a flash of light.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a small or indistinct shaft or stream of light.
  • n. a glimpse or hint; an indistinct sign of something.
  • n. brightness or shininess; splendor.
  • v. To shine; to glitter; to glisten.
  • v. To be briefly but strongly apparent.
  • v. To disgorge filth, as a hawk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A shoot of light; a small stream of light; a beam; a ray; a glimpse.
  • n. Brightness; splendor.
  • intransitive v. To disgorge filth, as a hawk.
  • transitive v. To shoot, or dart, as rays of light.
  • transitive v. To shine; to cast light; to glitter.
  • transitive v. To shoot out (flashes of light, etc.).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dart or throw rays of light; glimmer; glitter; shine; dawn; hence, to appear suddenly and clearly, like a beam or flash of light.
  • To glance; look.
  • Synonyms Glisten, Glitter, etc. See glare, intransitive verb
  • Same as glean.
  • In falconry, to disgorge refuse from the stomach, as a hawk.
  • n. Brightness; splendor.
  • n. A flash of light; a beam; a ray; a small stream of light; a dim or subdued glow; hence, something conceived as analogous to a flash or beam of light.
  • n. Specifically— A flash of lightning.
  • n. A hot interval between showers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. appear briefly
  • n. an appearance of reflected light
  • n. a flash of light (especially reflected light)
  • v. be shiny, as if wet
  • v. shine brightly, like a star or a light


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English glem, from Old English glǣm; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.



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