- gleam1 [gli:m] v1.) to shine softly= ↑glimmer▪ His teeth gleamed under his moustache.gleam with▪ The wooden panelling was gleaming with wax polish.2.) if your eyes or face gleam with a feeling, they show it= ↑glint gleam with▪ He laughed, his eyes gleaming with amusement.>gleaming[i] adj▪ gleaming white walls▬▬▬▬▬▬▬WORD CHOICE: gleam, glint, glisten, glitter, glowAll these words mean 'to shine' but are used in slightly different ways.gleam is used especially of smooth clean surfaces that shine : She polished the car until it gleamed. | gleaming white teethglint means to shine brightly with a small flash of light. It is used especially of shiny metals : Her jewellery glinted in the sun.glisten is used of wet or oily surfaces that shine : The wet streets glistened.glitter means to shine brightly with many small flashes of light : the glittering frostglow means to shine with a warm soft steady light. It is often used of things that give off heat : The coal in the fireplace was still glowing.▬▬▬▬▬▬▬gleam 2gleam2 n[: Old English; Origin: glAm]1.) a small pale light, especially one that shines for a short time= ↑glimmer gleam of▪ They saw a sudden gleam of light.2.) the brightness of something that shines= ↑glint gleam of▪ the gleam of gold and diamonds3.) an emotion or expression that appears for a moment on someone's facegleam of▪ She saw a gleam of amusement in his eyes.▪ Rose looked at me with a furious gleam in her eyes.4.) sth is a gleam in sb's eyeused to say that something is being planned or thought about, but does not yet exist▪ In those days, CD-ROMs were still just a gleam in the eye of some young engineer.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.