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glimmer

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verb glim·mer \ˈgli-mər\

Definition of glimmer

glimmered

glimmering

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  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to shine faintly or unsteadily b :  to give off a subdued unsteady reflection

  3. 2 :  to appear indistinctly with a faintly luminous quality

Examples of glimmer in a sentence

  1. Candles glimmered in the windows of the inn.

  2. Moonlight glimmered on the pond.

Origin and Etymology of glimmer

Middle English glimeren; akin to Old English glǣm gleam


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of glimmer

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>.

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glimmer

noun glim·mer

Definition of glimmer

  1. 1 a :  a feeble or intermittent light b :  a subdued unsteady shining or sparkle

  2. 2 a :  a dim perception or faint idea :  inkling b :  hint, spark <a glimmer of intelligence>



GLIMMER Defined for English Language Learners

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glimmer

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verb glim·mer \ˈgli-mər\

Definition of glimmer for English Language Learners

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


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glimmer

noun glim·mer

Definition of glimmer for English Language Learners

  • : a weak, unsteady light

  • : a faint idea or suggestion of something

  • : a small amount or sign of something


GLIMMER Defined for Kids

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glimmer

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verb glim·mer \ˈgli-mər\

Definition of glimmer for Students

glimmered

glimmering

  1. :  to shine faintly and unsteadily


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glimmer

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noun glim·mer

Definition of glimmer for Students

  1. 1 :  a faint unsteady light

  2. 2 :  a faint suggestion <a glimmer of trouble>

  3. 3 :  a small amount <a glimmer of hope>



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