The 'gleam' groupThese verbs indicate that something gives out or reflects light. They are used with adjectives indicating colour, and with adjectives such as bright and clear. We include here run, which is used to indicate the appearance of a liquid.
This is a productive use. Other verbs with similar meanings, for example glimmer, glitter, shimmer, and sparkle, can be used with this pattern. The verbs listed here are the ones which are most frequently used in this way.
flash flicker gleam glint glisten glow run shine
The metal box gleamed silver in the sun.
Behind us the white cliffs of Dover shone bright in the morning sun.
Verbs which are used with colour adjectives, and not other adjectives, have the pattern V colour.
blush flame flush
Laidi blushed scarlet and looked at me.
Both these groups of verbs can also be used with a noun group indicating colour.
Taken off guard, Charlie flushed a dark red.
The water glowed a faint yellow from the reflected lights of the city.