Gleam - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɡliːm|  American pronunciation of the word gleam
Brit.  |ɡliːm|  British pronunciation of the word gleam


- an appearance of reflected light (syn: gleaming, glow, lambency)
- a flash of light (especially reflected light) (syn: gleaming, glimmer)


- be shiny, as if wet (syn: glint, glisten, glitter, shine)
- shine brightly, like a star or a light (syn: glimmer)
- appear briefly


He saw the gleam of a flashlight in the distance.

the rich gleam of the polished wood

The sun gleamed on the water.

His eyes were gleaming with delight.

There was a wild gleam in his eyes.

One temporary gleam of good fortune cheered him for a time.

All her furniture gleams with polish and loving care.

A noble anger was gleaming over his wan face.

His teeth gleamed under his moustache.

The wooden panelling was gleaming with wax polish.

He laughed, his eyes gleaming with amusement.

They saw a sudden gleam of light.

She saw a gleam of amusement in his eyes.

Rose looked at me with a furious gleam in her eyes.

A terrible thought gleamed in her mind

Word forms

I/you/we/they: gleam
he/she/it: gleams
present participle: gleaming
past tense: gleamed
past participle: gleamed
singular: gleam
plural: gleams
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