1. a small or indistinct shaft or stream of light.
  2. a glimpse or hint; an indistinct sign of something.
    The rescue workers preserved a gleam of optimism that they might still survive.
  3. brightness or shininess; splendor.


  1. To shine; to glitter; to glisten.
  2. To be briefly but strongly apparent.
  3. To disgorge filth, as a hawk.

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