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.