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1‘the new brass nameplate gleamed in the moonlight’
shine, glimmer, glint, catch the light, glitter, shimmer, glow, sparkle, twinkle, flicker, blink, wink, glisten, flash, flare, beam, fluoresce
rare coruscate, scintillate, fulgurate, effulge, luminesce, incandesce, phosphoresce
1‘a gleam of light’
glimmer, glint, shimmer, glow, twinkle, sparkle, flicker, blink, spark, flash, flare
beam, ray, shaft, finger, pencil
2‘the gleam of polished brass’
shine, lustre, gloss, sheen
glint, glitter, glimmer, sparkle, brightness, brilliance, radiance, glow, luminescence, luminosity, phosphorescence, incandescence
rare lambency, scintillation, effulgence, refulgence, fulguration, coruscation
3‘a gleam of hope appeared in Ray's eyes’
glimmer, glimmering, flicker, ray, spark, trace, suggestion, hint, faint sign, scintilla
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