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 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 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 Frequently water pools amid that white, glimmering a near-fluorescent blue that resembles windshield wiper fluid or Kool-Aid. Seth Borenstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Earth’s future is being written in fast-melting Greenland," 20 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mayfield had been showing some glimmers of his strong 2018 performance at different points earlier in the game. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns: A win is a win and what a relief it is!," 10 Nov. 2019 The Tigers’ seventh straight loss to their division rivals came with a glimmer of hope -- perhaps a new dawn after falling in every ugly way since the 2011 win in Tuscaloosa. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "How spontaneous ‘We comin’ remark sparked faith amid LSU’s Alabama struggles," 5 Nov. 2019 But even there, economists see some glimmers of optimism, such as a rebound in export orders, said Derek Hamilton, global economist at Ivy Investments. Stan Choe And Damian J. Troise, USA TODAY, "The S&P 500 hit a record after a strong jobs report, notching four straight weeks of gains," 2 Nov. 2019 But there’s a glimmer of hope for the Wolverines, and that’s the way the defense played Saturday. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, "College football overreaction index, Week 6: Is Florida a playoff contender?; Michigan has a winning blueprint," 7 Oct. 2019 There’s a glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, the leaden affair will lighten up with some lighthearted bloodshed, but no. Katie Walsh, Twin Cities, "Deeply xenophobic, lazy ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ should be the end of the line for the character," 21 Sep. 2019 Dark Phoenix starts with a glimmer of hope that this central cast could go somewhere interesting if given one more shot. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Dark Phoenix isn’t an epic X-Men conclusion—but it’s a darned good teen flick," 7 June 2019 Berisha's wonderful curling shot and a Muriqi spot-kick gave Kosovo a glimmer of hope after the break, though Kane had the chance to calm the nerves with a penalty of his own. SI.com, "England 5-3 Kosovo: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Three Lions Win Ridiculous Contest," 10 Sep. 2019 On the next play from scrimmage, Tate hit Stanley Berryhill III for 57 yards, giving Arizona a glimmer of hope. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Arizona football comes up yard short in loss to Hawaii," 24 Aug. 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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13 Nov 2019

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

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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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