1. a flash or beam of light: the gleam of a lantern in the dark.
  2. a dim or subdued light.
  3. a brief or slight manifestation or occurrence; trace: a gleam of hope.

verb (used without object)

  1. to send forth a gleam or gleams.
  2. to appear suddenly and clearly like a flash of light.


  1. a small beam or glow of light, esp reflected light
  2. a brief or dim indicationa gleam of hope

verb (intr)

  1. to send forth or reflect a beam of light
  2. to appear, esp brieflyintelligence gleamed in his eyes

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).

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