Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Glave noun See Glaive .

Glaver intransitive verb [ Of Celtic origin; confer W. glafr flattery.]
1. To prate; to jabber; to babble. [ Obsolete]

Here many, clepid filosophirs, glavern diversely.
Wyclif.

2. To flatter; to wheedle. [ Obsolete]

Some slavish, glavering , flattering parasite.
South.

Glaverer noun A flatterer. [ Obsolete] Mir. for Mag.

Glaymore noun A claymore. Johnson.

Glaze (glāz) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Glazed (glāzd); present participle & verbal noun Glazing .] [ Middle English glasen , glazen , from glas . See Glass .]


1. To furnish (a window, a house, a sash, a case, etc.) with glass.

Two cabinets daintily paved, richly handed, and glazed with crystalline glass.
Bacon.

2. To incrust, cover, or overlay with a thin surface, consisting of, or resembling, glass; as, to glaze earthenware; hence, to render smooth, glasslike, or glossy; as, to glaze paper, gunpowder, and the like.

Sorrow's eye glazed with blinding tears.
Shak.

3. (Paint.) To apply thinly a transparent or semitransparent color to (another color), to modify the effect.

Glaze intransitive verb To become glazed of glassy.

Glaze noun
1. The vitreous coating of pottery or porcelain; anything used as a coating or color in glazing. See Glaze , transitive verb , 3. Ure.

2. (Cookery) Broth reduced by boiling to a gelatinous paste, and spread thinly over braised dishes.

3. A glazing oven. See Glost oven .

Glazen adjective [ Anglo-Saxon glæsen .] Resembling glass; glasslike; glazed. [ Obsolete] Wyclif.

Glazer noun
1. One who applies glazing, as in pottery manufacture, etc.; one who gives a glasslike or glossy surface to anything; a calenderer or smoother of cloth, paper, and the like.

2. A tool or machine used in glazing, polishing, smoothing, etc.; amoung cutlers and lapidaries, a wooden wheel covered with emery, or having a band of lead and tin alloy, for polishing cutlery, etc.

Glazier noun [ From Glaze .] One whose business is to set glass.

Glazier's diamond . See under Diamond .

Glazing noun
1. The act or art of setting glass; the art of covering with a vitreous or glasslike substance, or of polishing or rendering glossy.

2. The glass set, or to be set, in a sash, frame. etc.

3. The glass, glasslike, or glossy substance with which any surface is incrusted or overlaid; as, the glazing of pottery or porcelain, or of paper.

4. (Paint.) Transparent, or semitransparent, colors passed thinly over other colors, to modify the effect.

Glazy adjective Having a glazed appearance; -- said of the fractured surface of some kinds of pin iron.

Glead noun A live coal. See Gleed . [ Archaic]

Gleam intransitive verb [ Confer Middle English glem birdlime, glue, phlegm, and English englaimed .] (Falconry) To disgorge filth, as a hawk.

Gleam noun [ Middle English glem , gleam , Anglo-Saxon glæm , probably akin to English glimmer , and perhaps to Greek ... warm, ... to warm. Confer Glitter .]


1. A shoot of light; a small stream of light; a beam; a ray; a glimpse.

Transient unexpected gleams of joi.
Addison.

At last a gleam
Of dawning light turned thitherward in haste
His [ Satan's] traveled steps.
Milton.

A glimmer, and then a gleam of light.
Longfellow.

2. Brightness; splendor.

In the clear azure gleam the flocks are seen.
Pope.

Gleam transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Gleamed ; present participle & verbal noun Gleaming .]
1. To shoot, or dart, as rays of light; as, at the dawn, light gleams in the east.

2. To shine; to cast light; to glitter.

Syn. -- To Gleam , Glimmer , Glitter . To gleam denotes a faint but distinct emission of light. To glimmer describes an indistinct and unsteady giving of light. To glitter imports a brightness that is intense, but varying. The morning light gleams upon the earth; a distant taper glimmers through the mist; a dewdrop glitters in the sun. See Flash .

Gleam transitive verb To shoot out (flashes of light, etc.).

Dying eyes gleamed forth their ashy lights.
Shak.

Gleamy adjective Darting beams of light; casting light in rays; flashing; coruscating.

In brazed arms, that cast a gleamy ray,
Swift through the town the warrior bends his way.
Pope.

Glean transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Gleaned ; present participle & verbal noun Gleaning .] [ Middle English glenen , Old French glener , glaner , French glaner , from Late Latin glenare ; confer W. glan clean, glanh...u to clean, purify, or Anglo-Saxon gelm , gilm , a hand...ul.]


1. To gather after a reaper; to collect in scattered or fragmentary parcels, as the grain left by a reaper, or grapes left after the gathering.

To glean the broken ears after the man
That the main harvest reaps.
Shak.

2. To gather from (a field or vineyard) what is left.

3. To collect with patient and minute labor; to pick out; to obtain.

Content to glean what we can from . . . experiments.
Locke.

Glean intransitive verb
1. To gather stalks or ears of grain left by reapers.

And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers.
Ruth ii. 3.

2. To pick up or gather anything by degrees.

Piecemeal they this acre first, then that;
Glean on, and gather up the whole estate.
Pope.

Glean noun A collection made by gleaning.

The gleans of yellow thyme distend his thighs.
Dryden.

Glean noun Cleaning; afterbirth. [ Obsolete] Holland.

Gleaner noun
1. One who gathers after reapers.

2. One who gathers slowly with labor. Locke.

Gleaning noun The act of gathering after reapers; that which is collected by gleaning.

Glenings of natural knowledge.
Cook.

Gleba noun ; plural Glebæ . [ Latin , a clod.] (Botany) The chambered sporogenous tissue forming the central mass of the sporophore in puff balls, stinkhorns, etc.

Glebe noun [ French glèbe , Latin gleba , glaeba , clod, land, soil.]
1. A lump; a clod.

2. Turf; soil; ground; sod.

Fertile of corn the glebe , of oil, and wine.
Milton.

3. (Eccl. Law) The land belonging, or yielding revenue, to a parish church or ecclesiastical benefice.

Glebeless adjective Having no glebe.

Glebosity noun The quality of being glebous. [ R.]

Glebous, Gleby adjective [ Confer Latin glaebosus cloddy.] Pertaining to the glebe; turfy; cloddy; fertile; fruitful. " Gleby land." Prior.

Glede (glēd) noun [ Anglo-Saxon glida , akin to Icelandic gleða , Swedish glada . Confer Glide , intransitive verb ] (Zoology) The common European kite ( Milvus ictinus ). This name is also sometimes applied to the buzzard. [ Written also glead , gled , gleed , glade , and glide .]

Glede noun [ See Gleed .] A live coal. [ Archaic]

The cruel ire, red as any glede .
Chaucer.

Glee (glē) noun [ Middle English gle , gleo , Anglo-Saxon gleów , gleó , akin to Icelandic glȳ : confer Greek chley`n joke, jest.]
1. Music; minstrelsy; entertainment. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

2. Joy; merriment; mirth; gayety; paricularly, the mirth enjoyed at a feast. Spenser.

3. (Mus.) An unaccompanied part song for three or more solo voices. It is not necessarily gleesome.

Glee club A club or company organized for singing glees, and (by extension) part songs, ballads, etc.

Gleed (glēd) noun [ Anglo-Saxon glēd , from glōwan to glow as a fire; akin to Dutch gloed , German glut , Icelandic glōð . See Glow , intransitive verb ] A live or glowing coal; a glede. [ Archaic] Chaucer. Longfellow.

Gleeful adjective Merry; gay; joyous. Shak.

Gleek noun [ Prob. from Icelandic leika to play, play a trick on, with the prefix ge- ; akin to Anglo-Saxon gelācan , Swedish leka to play, Danish lege .]


1. A jest or scoff; a trick or deception. [ Obsolete]

Where's the Bastard's braves, and Charles his gleeks ?
Shak.

2. [ Confer Glicke ] An enticing look or glance. [ Obsolete]

A pretty gleek coming from Pallas' eye.
Beau. & Fl.

Gleek intransitive verb To make sport; to gibe; to sneer; to spend time idly. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Gleek noun [ Old French glic , German glück , fortune. See Luck .]


1. A game at cards, once popular, played by three persons. [ Obsolete] Pepys. Evelyn.

2. Three of the same cards held in the same hand; -- hence, three of anything. [ Obsolete]

Gleeman noun ; plural Gleemen . [ Glee + man ; Anglo-Saxon gleóman .] A name anciently given to an itinerant minstrel or musician.

Gleen intransitive verb [ Confer Glance , Glint .] To glisten; to gleam. [ Obsolete] Prior.

Gleesome adjective Merry; joyous; gleeful.

Gleet noun [ Middle English glette , glet , glat , mucus, pus, filth, Old French glete .] (Medicine) A transparent mucous discharge from the membrane of the urethra, commonly an effect of gonorrhea. Hoblyn.

Gleet intransitive verb
1. To flow in a thin, limpid humor; to ooze, as gleet. Wiseman.

2. To flow slowly, as water. Cheyne.

Gleety adjective Ichorous; thin; limpid. Wiseman.

Gleg adjective [ Icelandic glöggr .] Quick of perception; alert; sharp. [ Scot.] Jamieson.

Gleire, Gleyre noun See Glair . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Glen noun [ Of Celtic origin; confer W. glyn a deep valley, Ir. & Gael. gleann valley, glen.] A secluded and narrow valley; a dale; a depression between hills.

And wooes the widow's daughter of the glen .
Spenser.

Glengarry noun , or Glen*gar"ry bon"net [ Name of a valley in Scotland.] A kind of Highland Scotch cap for men, with straight sides and a hollow top sloping to the back, where it is parted and held together by ribbons or strings.

The long silk streamers of his Glengarry bonnet .
Latin Hutton.

Glenlivat, Glenlivet noun A kind of Scotch whisky, named from the district in which it was first made. W. E. Aytoun.

Glenoid adjective [ Greek ...; ... socket of a joint + ... form; confer French glénoïde .] (Anat.) Having the form of a smooth and shallow depression; socketlike; -- applied to several articular surfaces of bone; as, the glenoid cavity, or fossa, of the scapula, in which the head of the humerus articulates.