Gloom

Definition of Gloom

Pronunciation: glŌm
n.1.
1.Partial or total darkness; thick shade; obscurity; as, the gloom of a forest, or of midnight.
2.A shady, gloomy, or dark place or grove.
Before a gloom of stubborn-shafted oaks.
- Tennyson .
3.Cloudiness or heaviness of mind; melancholy; aspect of sorrow; low spirits; dullness.
A sullen gloom and furious disorder prevailed by fits.
- Burke.
4.In gunpowder manufacture, the drying oven.
v. i.1.To shine or appear obscurely or imperfectly; to glimmer.
[imp. & p. p. Gloomed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Glooming.]
2.To become dark or dim; to be or appear dismal, gloomy, or sad; to come to the evening twilight.
The black gibbet glooms beside the way.
- Goldsmith.
[This weary day] . . . at last I see it gloom.
- Spenser.
v. t.1.To render gloomy or dark; to obscure; to darken.
A bow window . . . gloomed with limes.
- Walpole.
A black yew gloomed the stagnant air.
- Tennyson.
2.To fill with gloom; to make sad, dismal, or sullen.
Such a mood as that which lately gloomed
Your fancy.
- Tennison.
What sorrows gloomed that parting day.
- Goldsmith.

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