Dictionary: GLEEK – GLIM'MER-ING

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GLEEK, n. [See Glee.]

  1. Music, or a musician. [Obs.] Shak.
  2. A scoff; a game at cards. [Obs.]

GLEEK, v.i.

To make sport of; to gibe; to sneer; to spend time idly. [Obs.] Shak.


A musician. [Obs.]

GLEEN, v.i. [W. glan, clean, pure, holy, bright; gleiniaw, to purify, to brighten; Ir. glan.]

To shine; to glisten. [Not used.] Prior.


Merry; joyous. [Obs.]

GLEET, n. [from Sax. glidan, to glide, or hlyttrian, to melt; Ice. glat.]

The flux of a thin humor from the urethra; a thin ichor running from a sore. Encyc. Wiseman.

GLEET, v.i.

  1. To flow in a thin limpid humor; to ooze. Wiseman.
  2. To flow slowly, as water. Cheyne.


Ichorous; thin; limpid.

GLEN, n. [W. glyn, a valley in which a river flows, as if from llyn, liquor, water; Sax. glen; Ir. glean.]

A valley; a dale; a depression or space between hills.

GLENE, n. [Gr. γληνη.]

In anatomy, the cavity or socket of the eye, and the pupil; any slight depression or cavity receiving a bone in articulation. Parr. Cyc.

GLEW, n. [or v. See GLUE.]

GLI'A-DINE, n. [Gr. γλια, glue.]

One of the constituents of gluten, a slightly transparent, brittle substance, of a straw-yellow color, having a slight smell, similar to that of honeycomb. Ure. Berzelius has decided that gliadine is nothing but pure gluten.

GLIB, a. [D. glibberen, glippen, to slide; glibberig, glib, slippery; W. llipyr; L. glaber, smooth; labor, to slide. This word contains the elements of slip. Qu. L. glubo, Gr. γλυφω. Class Lb, No. 27, 37.]

  1. Smooth; slippery; admitting a body to slide easily on the surface; as, ice is glib.
  2. Smooth; voluble; easily moving; as, a glib tongue.

GLIB, n.

A thick curled bush of hair hanging down over the eyes. [Not in use.] Spenser.

GLIB, v.t.

  1. To castrate. [Qu. to make smooth, glubo, γλυφω.] Shak.
  2. To make smooth. Bp. Hal.

GLIB'LY, adv.

Smoothly; volubly; as, to slide glibly; to speak glibly.


  1. Smoothness; slipperiness; as, a polished ice-like glibness. Chapman.
  2. Volubility of the tongue. Government of the Tongue.


The act or manner of moving smoothly, swiftly and without labor or obstruction. Shak.

GLIDE, v.i. [Sax. glidan; G. gleiten; D. glyden; Dan. glider. Qu. Fr. glisser, in a different dialect. It has the elements of slide, as glib has of slip.]

  1. To flow gently; to move without noise or violence; as a river. By east, among the dusty valleys glide / The silver streams of Jordan's crystal flood. Fairfax.
  2. To move silently and smoothly; to pass along without apparent effort; as, a hawk or an eagle gliding through the air.
  3. To move or pass rapidly and with apparent ease; as, a ship glides through the water.
  4. In a general sense, to move or slip along with ease as on a smooth surface, or to pass along rapidly without apparent effort, and without obstruction.


He or that which glides. Spenser.

GLID'ING, ppr.

Passing along gently and smoothly; moving rapidly, or with ease.


In a smooth, flowing, rapid manner.


  1. A faint light; feeble scattered rays of light.
  2. In mineralogy, mica, glist, muscovy-glass; a mineral rarely found in regular crystals. Usually it appears in thin, flexible, elastic lamins, which exhibit a high polish and strong luster. It is an essential ingredient in granite, gneiss, and mica slate. Cleaveland.

GLIM'MER, v.i. [G. glimmen, glimmern, to gleam, to glimmer; D. glimmen; Sw. glimma; Dan. glimrer; Ir. laom, flame.]

  1. To shoot feeble or scattered rays of light; as, the glimmering dawn; a glimmering lamp. When rosy morning glimmer'd o'er the dales. Pope. The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day. Shak.
  2. To shine faintly; to give a feeble light. Mild evening glimmered on the lawn. Trumbull.


  1. A faint beaming of light.
  2. A faint view.