Definitions for: Gloom


[n] a feeling of melancholy apprehension
[n] a state of partial or total darkness; "he struck a match to dispell the gloom"
[n] an atmosphere of depression and melancholy; "gloom pervaded the office"



Webster (1913) Definition: Gloom (gl[=oo]m), n. [AS. gl[=o]m twilight, from the
root of E. glow. See Glow, and cf. Glum, Gloam.]
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.

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


Gloom, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gloomed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Glooming.]
1. To shine or appear obscurely or imperfectly; to glimmer.

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.


Gloom, 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.

Synonyms: gloominess, gloominess, glumness, somberness, somberness, sombreness

See Also: ambiance, ambience, apprehension, apprehensiveness, atmosphere, bleakness, desolation, dread, melancholy, semidarkness

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