Teeth in toothpaste commercials are gleaming. They sparkle when the light hits. When you see this word, think of a bright reflected ray of light, on teeth, on water, or in someone's smiling eyes.

A new skyscraper that reflects light might also be described as gleaming. If you are excited to move to a new place, someone might say that your eyes are gleaming with excitement, especially as you view the gleaming wood floors and gleaming freshly-washed windows of your new home. The word has a clean, glittering, sparkly feel to it.

Definitions of gleaming
  1. adjective
    bright with a steady but subdued shining
    “the gleaming brass on the altar”
    synonyms: agleam, nitid
    emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts
  2. noun
    a flash of light (especially reflected light)
    synonyms: gleam, glimmer
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    a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
  3. noun
    an appearance of reflected light
    synonyms: gleam, glow, lambency
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    effulgence, radiance, radiancy, refulgence, refulgency, shine
    the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
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