Gloom (gl&oomac;m), n. [AS. gl&omac;m twilight, from the root of E. glow. See Glow, and cf. Glum, Gloam.]


Partial or total darkness; thick shade; obscurity; as, the gloom of a forest, or of midnight.


A shady, gloomy, or dark place or grove.

Before a gloom of stubborn-shafted oaks. Tennyson .


Cloudiness or heaviness of mind; melancholy; aspect of sorrow; low spirits; dullness.

A sullen gloom and furious disorder prevailed by fits. Burke.


In gunpowder manufacture, the drying oven.

Syn. -- Darkness; dimness; obscurity; heaviness; dullness; depression; melancholy; dejection; sadness. See Darkness.


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Gloom, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gloomed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Glooming.]


To shine or appear obscurely or imperfectly; to glimmer.


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.


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Gloom, v. t.


To render gloomy or dark; to obscure; to darken.

A bow window . . . gloomed with limes. Walpole.

A black yew gloomed the stagnant air. Tennyson.


To fill with gloom; to make sad, dismal, or sullen.

Such a mood as that which lately gloomed Your fancy. Tennyson.

What sorrows gloomed that parting day. Goldsmith.


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