gleam vs glimmer what difference

what is difference between gleam and glimmer

English

Etymology

  • (noun) From Middle English gleme, from Old English glæm, from Proto-Germanic *glaimiz, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰley-.
  • (verb) Derived from the Middle English noun form before the first millennium.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡliːm/
  • Rhymes: -iːm

Noun

gleam (plural gleams)

  1. A small or indistinct shaft or stream of light.
    Synonyms: beam, ray
  2. (figuratively) A glimpse or hint; an indistinct sign of something.
    Synonyms: flicker, glimmer, trace
  3. Brightness or shininess; splendor.
    Synonyms: dazzle, lambency, shine

Translations

Verb

gleam (third-person singular simple present gleams, present participle gleaming, simple past and past participle gleamed) (intransitive)

  1. To shine; to glitter; to glisten.
    Synonyms: glint, sparkle, glow, shine
  2. To be briefly but strongly apparent.
    Synonyms: flare, flash, kindle
  3. (obsolete, falconry) To disgorge filth, as a hawk.

Translations

See also

  • leam

References

  • “gleam”, in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin, 2000, →ISBN.
  • “gleam” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
  • “gleam” in On-line Medical Dictionary, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1997–2005.
  • “gleam” in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.

Anagrams

  • Gamel, megal-


English

Etymology

From Middle English glimeren, glemeren (to glimmer), equivalent to glim (to shine) +‎ -er (frequentative suffix). Cognate with German Low German glimmern (to glimmer), German glimmern (to glimmer), Danish glimre (to glimmer), Swedish glimra (to glimmer).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡlɪmə(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡlɪmɚ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪmə(ɹ)

Noun

glimmer (countable and uncountable, plural glimmers)

  1. A faint light; a dim glow.
    The glimmer of the fireflies was pleasant to watch.
  2. A flash of light.
  3. A faint or remote possibility.
    a glimmer of hope
  4. (dated, uncountable) Mica.

Synonyms

  • (flash of light): sparkle, shimmer

Translations

Verb

glimmer (third-person singular simple present glimmers, present participle glimmering, simple past and past participle glimmered)

  1. (intransitive) To shine with a faint, unsteady light.
    The fireflies glimmered in the dark.
    the glimmering dawn; a glimmering lamp

Synonyms

  • (shine with faint unsteady light): flicker, shimmer, twinkle

Translations


Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

Derived from glimre (glitter, glisten, sparkle). Sense 2 is from German Glimmer. Has also undergone influence from English.

Noun

glimmer m (definite singular glimmeren, uncountable)

  1. (literary and formal) magnificence, glitter, tinsel, something that shines
    Rikdommens glimmer

    The tinsel of wealth
  2. mica

Synonyms

  • (sense 1) glans, prakt, herlighet
  • (sense 2) kråkesølv, mica, mikanitt

Derived terms

  • glimmerskifer
  • Lys glimmer = white mica (literally: “bright mica”)

References

  • “glimmer” in The Ordnett Dictionary
  • “glimmer” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

Derived from glimre (glitter, glisten, sparkle), with influence from English. The definition is from German Glimmer.

Noun

glimmer m (definite singular glimmeren, uncountable)

  1. mica

Synonyms

  • kråkesølv, mica, mikanitt

Derived terms

  • glimmerskifer
  • Lys glimmer = white mica (literally: “bright mica”)

References

  • “glimmer” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

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