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Definition of gleam noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a pale clear light, often reflected from something the gleam of moonlight on the water a gleam of light from a lamp I saw the gleam of the knife as it flashed through the air.
  2. 2a small amount of something a faint gleam of hope a serious book with an occasional gleam of humor
  3. 3an expression of a particular feeling or emotion that shows in someone's eyes synonym glint a gleam of triumph in her eyes a mischievous gleam in his eye The gleam in his eye made her uncomfortable (= as if he was planning something secret or unpleasant).
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