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 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 Water frequently pools amid that white, glimmering a near-fluorescent blue that resembles Kool-Aid. Seth Borenstein, Los Angeles Times, "Greenland’s glaciers are melting. It’s as if Earth’s refrigerator door were left open," 20 Aug. 2019 Frequently water pools amid that white, glimmering a near-fluorescent blue that resembles windshield wiper fluid or Kool-Aid. Washington Post, "Earth’s future in being written in fast-melting Greenland," 20 Aug. 2019 Frequently water pools amid that white, glimmering a near-fluorescent blue that resembles windshield wiper fluid or Kool-Aid. Seth Borenstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Earth’s future is being written in fast-melting Greenland," 20 Aug. 2019 Showy Damascus steel with swirling patterns of black and silver, glimmering handles fashioned from mother of pearl. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Our guide to knives will give you an edge in the kitchen," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And there was a glimmer of hope at the end because the legacy of this rancid human being, Selina Meyer, was diminished. Los Angeles Times, "For Julia Louis-Dreyfus, returning to ‘Veep’ after cancer was salvation," 14 Aug. 2019 Just like that, a faint glimmer of collective intelligence emerged from the primordial capitalist muck. Rowan Jacobsen, Outside Online, "An Ocean Plastics Field Trip for Corporate Executives," 8 Aug. 2019 That is to say, even something without life might still show a glimmer of movement. K.n.c., The Economist, "Entrepreneurial leaders are needed for a decentralised world," 29 Aug. 2019 From a nearby clifftop, the luminescent waters of Bali’s Blue Lagoon glint and glimmer. NBC News, "Bali fights back as tons of floating plastic threaten to spoil once-pristine paradise," 25 Aug. 2019 As abysmal as the Vikings looked on offense throughout much of Saturday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, a glimmer of hope existed in the form of Dalvin Cook busting off an 85-yard touchdown run to electrify the home crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Dalvin Cook showcases how good the Vikings can be with him leading the way," 24 Aug. 2019 And yet somehow, a glimmer of hope, like an impossible dream, is left for us. Nicholas Mancusi, Time, "Salman Rushdie’s Quichotte Is a Fantastical Dream Within a Dream," 22 Aug. 2019 However, the follow-up second call to my 86th Street store around 1:15 p.m. provided a glimmer of hope for the evening. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "If you're trying to get a Popeyes chicken sandwich in Indianapolis, good luck," 20 Aug. 2019 Takijiri made sure that there was a good flow of air circulation, as well as glimmers of sunlight spread out across the park, bringing a sense of the outdoors in. Megan Uy, House Beautiful, "There's An Indoor Park For Children With Disabilities All Thanks To This Japanese Architect," 14 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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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 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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