From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gleam \Gleam\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gleamed; p. pr. & vb. n.
   1. To shoot, or dart, as rays of light; as, at the dawn,
      light gleams in the east.
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   2. To shine; to cast light; to glitter.

   Syn: To Gleam, Glimmer, Glitter.

   Usage: 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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