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"Gleam" is a noun which is often translated as "el destello", and "shine" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "brillar". Learn more about the difference between "gleam" and "shine" below.
gleam
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (sparkle)
a. el destello
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The weary travelers spotted the gleam of a boarding house in the distance.Los viajeros cansados divisaron el destello de una posada a lo lejos.
b. el brillo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I remember the gleam of the city lights when I first landed here.Recuerdo el brillo de las luces de la ciudad cuando aterricé aquí por primera vez.
2. (hint)
a. el rayo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
Meg was about to lose faith when the new doctor gave her a gleam of hope.Meg estaba a punto de perder la fe cuando el nuevo doctor le dio un rayo de esperanza.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to shine)
a. relucir
The face of the water gleamed in the light of the moon.La faz del agua relucía con la luz de la luna.
b. brillar
I can't describe the way it felt the first time that you looked at me, your eyes gleaming with passion.No puedo describir lo que sentí la primera vez que me miraste, con esos ojos brillando de pasión.
c. resplandecer
The enchanted sword gleamed in the sunlight as the knight drew it forth from its scabbard.La espada encantada resplandeció con la luz del sol cuando el caballero la desenvainó.
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shine(
shayn
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to emit light)
a. brillar
The moon shone over the moor.Brillaba la luna sobre el páramo.
The sun began to shine again after the rain.Tras la lluvia, el sol comenzó a brillar de nuevo.
b. relucir
His new boots shone.Sus botas nuevas relucían.
2. (to stand out)
a. destacar
She was good at most things, but it was in music that she really shone.Tenía facilidad para casi todo, pero realmente destacaba en la música.
b. brillar
The actor shone in the second half.El actor brilló en el segundo tiempo.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to polish)
a. sacar brillo a
She is shining the silver.Está sacando brillo a la plata.
b. lustrar
He prefers to shine his shoes himself.Prefiere lustrar sus zapatos él mismo.
c. bolear
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
There is a shoeshine near the church who shines my boots.Hay un bolero por la iglesia que bolea mis botas.
d. embolar
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
Carlos shines my shoes.Carlos embola mis zapatos.
4. (to beam)
a. alumbrar
He shone his flashlight under the bed.Alumbró debajo de la cama con su linterna.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (brightness)
a. el brillo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
This shampoo gives your hair more shine.Este champú le da más brillo al cabello.
b. el lustre
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The black pearl's shine is subtle, but very beautiful.El lustre de la perla negra es sutil, pero muy hermoso.
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