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  • adj. Having a bright sheen.
  • n. A flash or reflected light.
  • v. Present participle of gleam.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A flash or ray of light, or something comparable to it; a gleam.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a flash of light (especially reflected light)
  • n. an appearance of reflected light
  • adj. bright with a steady but subdued shining


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  • [and] brūnecg, _her broad sword with gleaming blade_, 1547. brūn-fāg, adj., _gleaming like metal_: brūnfāgne helm, 2616. bryne-lēoma, w. m., _light of a conflagration, gleam of fire _: nom. sg.,


  • [and] brûnecg, _her broad sword with gleaming blade_, 1547. brûn-fâg, adj., _gleaming like metal_: brûnfâgne helm, 2616. bryne-leóma, w. m., _light of a conflagration, gleam of fire _: nom. sg.,


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  • Though they're made with cheap material, the gardens are much loved and one home has even been referbed with a second story, a portch, a darling federation fence in gleaming white and a lovely earth-red tiled garden path.

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  • If I crane my neck, I can see along a narrow corridor into the tiny kitchen, which appears to have had an extreme makeover in gleaming aluminium.


  • Nearby, a policeman, in gleaming pith helmet and khaki shorts, waved his gloved hands urgently while blowing his whistle, directing all traffic away from the bridge.

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  • BAGHDAD Dressed in gleaming white robes, a small group of Sabians gathered on a Sunday afternoon to wash away their sins — and to forget about the problems facing Iraq and the followers of their ancient religion.

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  • In the summer, she often went without clothing, her skin gleaming white as she stood on Wall Street, knee-deep in a sea of business-suited bodies that inhaled and exhaled like the tide.

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  • My adjectival use: 'I love the gleaming glass.'

    August 22, 2011