glimmer

verb
glim·​mer | \ ˈgli-mər How to pronounce glimmer (audio) \
glimmered; glimmering\ ˈglim-​riŋ How to pronounce glimmering (audio) , 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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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 Best dressed or no, the talent behind the fashions shimmered and glimmered on TV’s big night. oregonlive, "Emmys 2019: Best and worst dressed on the red carpet," 22 Sep. 2019 How it's built Spanning four levels and designed by the late British architect Zaha Hadid, Daxing’s glimmering structure resembles a giant starfish from above, with six curved spokes spreading out from a central hub. Marianna Cerini, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside Daxing, Beijing’s Massive New International Airport," 29 Oct. 2019 The Eiffel Tower glimmered in the backdrop; admired by the equally starry front row, including Cindy Crawford, Andie MacDowell, Catherine Deneuve and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Tuxedo styles with plunging V-neck were one key silhouette. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dior celebrates nature to kick off Paris Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2019 Rising above it, ancient Delphi glimmered from the mountainside like a polished gem — as smooth and simple as the stone at its very heart that once marked the center of the world. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Voyage to the Center of the World," 9 July 2019 Above him, a sprinkling of stars — L.A.’s own pyrotechnics — glimmered in the murky night. Peter Haldeman, Los Angeles Times, "He may hate the word ‘buzz,’ but Los Angeles magazine editor Maer Roshan is creating it," 5 Sep. 2019 Frequently water pools amid that white, glimmering a near-fluorescent blue that resembles windshield wiper fluid or Kool-Aid. Seth Borenstein, The Denver Post, "Earth’s future is being written in fast-melting Greenland," 21 Aug. 2019 The park is filled with wild flowers, glacier filled mountain lakes that shimmer seemingly impossible shades of blue, and even during the summer snow and glaciers keep the mountains glimmering white. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Very Best National Parks You Need to Visit," 5 Sep. 2019 Frequently water pools amid that white, glimmering a near-fluorescent blue that resembles windshield wiper fluid or Kool-Aid. Seth Borenstein, The Denver Post, "Earth’s future is being written in fast-melting Greenland," 21 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some still welcome the glimmers of clinical benefits Biogen revealed. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Skepticism persists about revived Alzheimer’s drug after conference presentation," 5 Dec. 2019 The new data contained glimmers of good news: Worldwide, industrial emissions are on track to rise 0.6 percent this year, a considerably slower pace than the 1.5 percent increase seen in 2017 and the 2.1 percent rise in 2018. New York Times, "Carbon Dioxide Emissions Hit a Record in 2019, Even as Coal Fades," 3 Dec. 2019 But the grip has loosened just a bit, giving the rest of the conference a glimmer of hope. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, "College football overreaction index, Week 14: Don’t bury Nick Saban and the Alabama dynasty just yet," 2 Dec. 2019 But the number of undecided voters in early states could present a glimmer of hope for Patrick. Lacrai Mitchell, CBS News, "New Hampshire, South Carolina Democrats express skepticism about Deval Patrick's chances," 22 Nov. 2019 The project, known as Arpanet, was the earliest glimmer of today’s internet. Wired, "Opinion: Blocking the Disabled on the Web Means Blocking Innovation," 21 Nov. 2019 Still, the book sometimes glimmers in anticipation of Hrabal’s later virtuousity. Becca Rothfeld, The New Yorker, "The Violent Insights of Bohumil Hrabal," 19 Nov. 2019 New crops like hemp, which has enormous potential yet remains mired in red tape, and guayule, a desert rubber plant that the Bridgestone tire company is developing, offer glimmers of hope. Bill Hatcher, National Geographic, "Arizona’s water supplies are drying up. How will its farmers survive?," 12 Nov. 2019 That glimmer grows greater as Dzeko rises highest to power a low, bullet header under the legs of Kenny. SI.com, "Manchester City 3-2 QPR: You'll Never See Anything Like This Ever Again," 28 Oct. 2019

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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 and Noun

Middle English glimeren; akin to Old English glǣm gleam

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The first known use of glimmer was in the 15th century

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11 Dec 2019

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“Glimmer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glimmer?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=g&file=glimme01. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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More Definitions for glimmer

glimmer

verb
How to pronounce glimmer (audio)

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 How to pronounce glimmer (audio) \
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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