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[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"

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\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.

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