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GLEAM, n. [L. flamma.] The radical sense is to throw, to shoot or dart, and it may be of the same family as clamo,clamor, a shoot of the voice.

1. A shoot of light; a beam; a ray; a small stream of light. A gleam of dawning light, metaphorically, a gleam of hope.

2. Brightness; splendor.

In the clear azure gleam the flocks are seen.

GLEAM, v.i. To shoot or dart, as rays of light. At the dawn light gleams in the east.

1. To shine; to cast light.

2. To flash; to spread a flood of light. [Less common.]

3. Among falconers, to disgorge filth, as a hawk.



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GLEAM, n. [L. flamma.] The radical sense is to throw, to shoot or dart, and it may be of the same family as clamo,clamor, a shoot of the voice.

1. A shoot of light; a beam; a ray; a small stream of light. A gleam of dawning light, metaphorically, a gleam of hope.

2. Brightness; splendor.

In the clear azure gleam the flocks are seen.

GLEAM, v.i. To shoot or dart, as rays of light. At the dawn light gleams in the east.

1. To shine; to cast light.

2. To flash; to spread a flood of light. [Less common.]

3. Among falconers, to disgorge filth, as a hawk.

GLEAM, n. [Sax. gleam, or glæm, properly a shoot of light, coinciding with glimmer, glimpse, Ir. laom, (perhaps L. flamma.) The radical sense is to throw, to shoot or dart, and it may be of the same family as clamo, clamor, a shoot of the voice, and W. llam, Ir. leam, a leap, Ar. لََمَعَ, Class Lm, No. 8.]

  1. A shoot of light; a beam; a ray; a small stream of light. A gleam of dawning light; metaphorically, a gleam of hope.
  2. Brightness; splendor. In the clear azure gleam the flocks are seen. Pope.

GLEAM, v.i.

  1. To shoot or dart, as rays of light. At the dawn light gleams in the east.
  2. To shine; to cast light. Thomson.
  3. To flash; to spread a flood of light. [Less common.]
  4. Among falconers, to disgorge filth, as a hawk. Encyc.

Gleam
  1. To disgorge filth, as a hawk.
  2. A shoot of light; a small stream of light; a beam; a ray; a glimpse.

    Transient unexpected gleams of joi. Addison.

    At last a gleam
    Of dawning light turned thitherward in haste
    His [Satan's] traveled steps.
    Milton.

    A glimmer, and then a gleam of light. Longfellow.

  3. To shoot, or dart, as rays of light] as, at the dawn, light gleams in the east.
  4. To shoot out (flashes of light, etc.).

    Dying eyes gleamed forth their ashy lights. Shak.

  5. Brightness; splendor.

    In the clear azure gleam the flocks are seen. Pope.

  6. To shine; to cast light; to glitter.

    Syn. -- To Gleam, Glimmer, Glitter. To gleam denotes a faint but distinct emission of light. To glimmer describes an indistinct and unsteady giving of light. To glitter imports a brightness that is intense, but varying. The morning light gleams upon the earth; a distant taper glimmers through the mist; a dewdrop glitters in the sun. See Flash.

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Gleam

GLEAM, noun [Latin flamma.] The radical sense is to throw, to shoot or dart, and it may be of the same family as clamo, clamor, a shoot of the voice.

1. A shoot of light; a beam; a ray; a small stream of light. A gleam of dawning light, metaphorically, a gleam of hope.

2. Brightness; splendor.

In the clear azure gleam the flocks are seen.

GLEAM, verb intransitive To shoot or dart, as rays of light. At the dawn light gleams in the east.

1. To shine; to cast light.

2. To flash; to spread a flood of light. [Less common.]

3. Among falconers, to disgorge filth, as a hawk.

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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