Glitters vs Gleam - What's the difference?

glitters | gleam |

As verbs the difference between glitters and gleam

is that glitters is (glitter) while gleam is to shine; to glitter; to glisten.

As a noun gleam is

a small or indistinct shaft or stream of light.




  • (glitter)
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    (en noun)
  • A bright, sparkling light; brilliant and showy luster; brilliancy; as, the glitter of arms; the glitter of royal equipage.
  • A shiny, decorative adornment, sometimes sprinkled on glue to make simple artwork.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To sparkle with light; to shine with a brilliant and broken light or showy luster; to gleam.
  • a glittering sword
    the glittering ornaments on a Christmas tree
  • * Dryden
  • The field yet glitters with the pomp of war.
  • To be showy, specious, or striking, and hence attractive.
  • the glittering scenes of a court

    Derived terms

    * all that glitters is not gold




    (en noun)
  • a small or indistinct shaft or stream of light.
  • * Longfellow
  • A glimmer, and then a gleam of light.
  • a glimpse or hint; an indistinct sign of something.
  • The rescue workers preserved a gleam of optimism that they might still survive.
  • brightness or shininess; splendor.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • In the clear azure gleam the flocks are seen.


    * (small shaft or stream of light) beam, ray * (glimpse or indistinct sign) flicker, glimmer, trace * (brightness or splendor) dazzle, lambency, shine


    (en verb)
  • To shine; to glitter; to glisten.
  • To be briefly but strongly apparent.
  • (obsolete, falconry) To disgorge filth, as a hawk.
  • Synonyms

    * glint, sparkle * (to radiate or emanate) glow, shine * (to be briefly but strongly apparent) flare, flash, kindle

    See also

    * leam


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