gleam


gleam
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noun
1 soft light
ADJECTIVE
dull, faint
distant
PREPOSITION
gleam of

the distant gleam of the sea

PHRASES
a gleam of light

a faint gleam of light from under the door

2 in sb's eyes
ADJECTIVE
cold, dark, strange
predatory, speculative
mischievous, sardonic, wicked
sudden
VERB + GLEAM
have

He had a speculative gleam in his eyes.

GLEAM + VERB
come into sb's eye/eyes, enter sb's eye/eyes, light sb's eye/eyes

A sudden gleam came into her eye as she remembered that tomorrow was her day off.

PREPOSITION
gleam of

A gleam of laughter lit his eyes.

PHRASES
a gleam in sb's eye/eyes
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verb
ADVERB
dully, faintly, softly

The knife's blade gleamed dully in the dark.

PREPOSITION
with

The long oak table gleamed with polish.

PHRASES
gleam golden, white, etc.

The pebble beach gleamed white in the moonlight.

Gleam is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑eye, ↑hair, ↑light, ↑sunlight, ↑tooth, ↑window

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Gleam — Gleam, n. [OE. glem, gleam, AS. gl[ae]m, prob. akin to E. glimmer, and perh. to Gr. ? warm, ? to warm. Cf. {Glitter}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A shoot of light; a small stream of light; a beam; a ray; a glimpse. [1913 Webster] Transient unexpected… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gleam — Gleam, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gleamed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gleaming}.] 1. To shoot, or dart, as rays of light; as, at the dawn, light gleams in the east. [1913 Webster] 2. To shine; to cast light; to glitter. Syn: To {Gleam}, {Glimmer}, {Glitter}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gleam — gleam·ing·ly; gleam·less; gleam·er; gleam; …   English syllables

  • gleam — ► VERB ▪ shine brightly, especially with reflected light. ► NOUN 1) a faint or brief light. 2) a brief or faint show of a quality or emotion. ● a gleam in someone s eye Cf. ↑a gleam in someone s eye …   English terms dictionary

  • gleam — [glēm] n. [ME glem < OE glæm < IE * ghlei < * ĝhel , to shine, gleam > GOLD, GLASS, GLOW] 1. a flash or beam of light 2. a faint light 3. a reflected brightness, as from a polished surface 4 …   English World dictionary

  • Gleam — Gleam, v. i. [Cf. OE. glem birdlime, glue, phlegm, and E. englaimed.] (Falconry) To disgorge filth, as a hawk. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gleam — Gleam, v. t. To shoot out (flashes of light, etc.). [1913 Webster] Dying eyes gleamed forth their ashy lights. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gleam — [n] brightness, sparkle beam, brilliance, coruscation, flash, flicker, glance, glim, glimmer, glint, glitz, gloss, glow, luster, ray, scintillation, sheen, shimmer, splendor, twinkle; concepts 620,624 Ant. dullness gleam [v] sparkle beam, burn,… …   New thesaurus

  • gleam|er — «GLEE muhr», noun. a cosmetic for making the skin of the face gleam …   Useful english dictionary

  • gleam — (n.) O.E. glæm brilliant light; brightness, splendor, radiance, from P.Gmc. *glaimiz (Cf. O.S. glimo brightness; M.H.G. glim spark, gleime glowworm; Ger. glimmen to glimmer, glow; O.N. glija to shine, glitter ), from root *glim , from PIE …   Etymology dictionary

  • gleam — vb *flash, glance, glint, sparkle, glitter, glisten, scintillate, coruscate, twinkle …   New Dictionary of Synonyms