1 verb
gleam1 [intransitive]
1 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 adjective:
gleaming white walls

gleam, glint, glisten, glitter, glow
All 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.

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