glimmer

verb
glim·mer | \ˈgli-mər \
glimmered; glimmering\ˈglim-riŋ, ˈgli-mə- \

Definition of glimmer 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to shine faintly or unsteadily The candles glimmered in the windows.

b : to give off a subdued unsteady reflection Her white satin dress glimmered in the dusk.

2 : to appear indistinctly with a faintly luminous quality

glimmer

noun

Definition of glimmer (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a feeble or intermittent light the first glimmer of dawn

b : a subdued unsteady shining or sparkle

2a : a dim perception or faint idea : inkling gave them a glimmer of what they could expect

b : hint, spark a glimmer of intelligence a glimmer of hope

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Choose the Right Synonym for glimmer

Verb

flash, gleam, glint, sparkle, glitter, glisten, glimmer, shimmer mean to send forth light. flash implies a sudden outburst of bright light. lightning flashed gleam suggests a steady light seen through an obscuring medium or against a dark background. lights gleamed in the valley glint implies a cold glancing light. glinting steel sparkle suggests innumerable moving points of bright light. the sparkling waters glitter connotes a brilliant sparkling or gleaming. glittering diamonds glisten applies to the soft sparkle from a wet or oily surface. glistening wet sidewalk glimmer suggests a faint or wavering gleam. a distant glimmering light shimmer means shining with a wavering light. a shimmering satin dress

Examples of glimmer in a Sentence

Verb

Candles glimmered in the windows of the inn. Moonlight glimmered on the pond.

Noun

the glimmer of a distant star Their first meeting with the new boss gave them a glimmer of what they could expect.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The anticorrosive, glimmering metal became a critical material for surgical tools and home goods. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 In the on-set kitchen, the pots and pans on the stove had just the right amount of dent and scuff, trays of half-full wine glasses glimmered red, gold and pink, like liquid valentines. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "‘Sweetbitter’ Is a Coming-of-Age Story, With Wine Pairings," 24 Apr. 2018 Think modern acrylic accents, glimmering copper and the Danish way of staying cozy even as the temperature outside warms up. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "7 Best Spring Home Decor Trends To Refresh Your Home," 22 Feb. 2017 The Atrium on the Disney Dream Also featured on the Freefrom show, this gorgeous wedding setting glimmered with Art Deco-era wonder aboard the Disney Dream. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "6 Incredible Disney Wedding Venues Mickey and Minnie Could Only Dream Of," 14 June 2018 At his flagship restaurant in downtown Hartford, three giant overhead fans spun lazily as the sound system played rowdy blues, and a trio of colossal, stainless-steel Cookshack smokers glimmered in the kitchen. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Talking With The Bear: Jamie McDonald Of Bear's Smokehouse," 21 June 2018 Trump is hoping those glimmering karats will work better than standard carrots. Brett Bruen, Time, "Donald Trump Has Successfully Cleaned Up North Korea's Brand," 12 June 2018 The bodice featured a plunging neckline, delicate spaghetti straps, and glimmering intricate beadwork. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "SZA Wears Pink Versace Gown to the Met Gala 2018," 7 May 2018 Her flight to Liverpool, England, took off just as the sun began to glimmer across the runway. Jennifer Duggan, Marie Claire, "Irish Women Want Their Bodies Back," 15 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At just five stories, the coffer of pale, sparkling concrete glimmers like mercury against a backdrop of matte towers. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "How Can It Take 15 Years and $32 Million to Build a Neighborhood Library?," 29 Mar. 2018 There may be a glimmer of hope in the fight to protect people from HIV-1, the most widespread type of the virus and the one that causes the most disease globally, CNN says. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: CMS drops plan for Novartis drug; lawsuit offers fresh details on Purdue opioid marketing," 9 July 2018 Syfy Code Black On trial for malpractice, Elliot (Noah Gray-Cabey) thinks his fate sealed by some damaging testimony, but documentary footage gives him a glimmer of hope. Ed Stockly, latimes.com, "Wednesday's TV highlights: 'Ozzy and Jack's World Detour' on A&E," 27 June 2018 Already there is a glimmer of hope that tourism operations will be business as usual again. Gabby Raymond, Time, "Hawaiians Blame Misunderstanding of Volcano and 'Doomsday' Headlines for Big Drop in Tourism," 21 June 2018 Wolfe seemed to find the effect singularly entertaining, telling the story with a glimmer in his eye and a smile on his lips that seemed the in-person equivalent of his trademark dashes, exclamation points, and ellipses. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "For Tom Wolfe, Affectation Was Armor," 15 May 2018 Unfortunately, the cloud of gloom that hangs over this exercise in loss never parts, even for a brief glimmer of sunshine, ultimately failing to shed any insight on its dark subject that is especially profound or fresh. Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "‘Nostalgia’ is a glum contemplation of loss | The Kansas City Star," 1 Mar. 2018 Drugs and alcohol have been romanticized and vilified, shattering the glamorous and unheralded alike, cautionary tales with echoes of the familiar, leading to the glimmer of recovery or the demise of our better angels. Jeffrey Fleishman, latimes.com, "Director Gus Van Sant continues his longtime exploration of addiction and recovery with 'Don’t Worry'," 6 July 2018 Three years later, hopelessness has been pierced by a glimmer of hope. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Austin hopes a new ballfield can help in its battle with opioids and HIV," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of glimmer

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for glimmer

Verb

Middle English glimeren; akin to Old English glǣm gleam

Noun

see glimmer entry 1

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Phrases Related to glimmer

glimmer/ray of hope

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More Definitions for glimmer

glimmer

verb

English Language Learners Definition of glimmer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to shine in a weak, faint, or unsteady way

glimmer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of glimmer (Entry 2 of 2)

: a weak, unsteady light

: a faint idea or suggestion of something

: a small amount or sign of something

glimmer

verb
glim·mer | \ˈgli-mər \
glimmered; glimmering

Kids Definition of glimmer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to shine faintly and unsteadily

glimmer

noun

Kids Definition of glimmer (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a faint unsteady light

2 : a faint suggestion a glimmer of trouble

3 : a small amount a glimmer of hope

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