Gleam



[gleem] /glim/

noun
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)
4.
to send forth a gleam or gleams.
5.
to appear suddenly and clearly like a flash of light.
/ɡliːm/
noun
1.
a small beam or glow of light, esp reflected light
2.
a brief or dim indication: a gleam of hope
verb (intransitive)
3.
to send forth or reflect a beam of light
4.
to appear, esp briefly: intelligence gleamed in his eyes
n.

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).
v.

early 13c., from gleam (n). Related: Gleamed; gleaming.

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