gleam gleam  /ɡ ˈlim/


  1. (n) an appearance of reflected light
  2. (n) a flash of light (especially reflected light)
  3. (v) be shiny, as if wet
  4. (v) shine brightly, like a star or a light
  5. (v) appear briefly

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  1. London's Institute of Contemporary Arts announced an international contest pretty sure to put a gleam in the eye of sculptors everywhere.
  2. Make it high gloss: A little hair tease and tooth picking will hardly get noticed when done in the shiny gleam of that black gloss finish.
  3. It is friendly and open, yet in their eyes there is the gleam of the competitor.


  1. In the minors, it's all about sustaining and entertaining

    As he looked closely at the Florida Everblades program and ECHL media guide for the 1998-99 season, Craig Brush had a gleam in his eye.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: The News-Press

  2. From Our Homepage

    Ferraris and other classic Italian cars gleam under the sun outside of Rizzuto's Restaurant & Bar last year during the third annual Mille Ferrari car show. The eatery plans on hosting the event for the fourth consecutive year on Sunday.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Westport News

  3. Indiana's Basil relishing Hoosiers' best season

    Whenever Michael Basil takes a moment to reflect on his senior season, a grin creases his face and a gleam flashes in his eye that suggests his only fear is that he’ll wake u ...
    on June 7, 2013     Source: Bedford Times-Mail


  1. "I knew he'd come through," Harbaugh said of Pritchard, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound sophomore from Tacoma, Wash., who entered the game having thrown three passes. "From the beginning of the week, he had a bounce in his step. He had a gleam in his...
    on Oct 6, 2007 By: Jim Harbaugh Source: ESPN

  2. "I could tell it was very special for him," said Brees, who was 26-of-38 for 384 yards. "He didn't put a lot of added pressure on us this week. He just went on with his business. But I could see in the gleam in his eye at the end of the game....
    on Dec 10, 2006 By: Drew Brees Source: USA Today

  3. "Like many beloved film actors Mr. Radcliffe has an air of heightened ordinariness, of the everyday lad who snags your attention with an extra, possibly dangerous gleam of intensity," wrote Brantley, adding his "Alsatian-blue gaze" helped his...
    on Sep 26, 2008 By: Ben Brantley Source: Reuters

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