shimmer

verb
shim·​mer | \ ˈshi-mər How to pronounce shimmer (audio) \
shimmered; shimmering\ ˈshi-​mə-​riŋ How to pronounce shimmer (audio) , ˈshim-​riŋ \

Definition of shimmer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to shine with a soft tremulous or fitful light : glimmer
2 : to reflect a wavering sometimes distorted visual image

transitive verb

: to cause to shimmer

shimmer

noun

Definition of shimmer (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a light that shimmers : subdued sparkle or sheen : glimmer
2 : a wavering sometimes distorted visual image usually resulting from heat-induced changes in atmospheric refraction

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Other Words from shimmer

Noun

shimmery \ ˈshi-​mə-​rē How to pronounce shimmer (audio) , ˈshim-​rē \ adjective

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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 shimmer in a Sentence

Verb The road shimmered in the heat. a sequined dress shimmering under the studio lights
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The statistics already shimmer on Lindor’s Baseball Reference page, tantalizing Mets fans who see him as the foundation of the future, as long as the Mets can sign him to a contract extension, either now or at the end of the season. New York Times, "Hernandez and Strawberry. Reyes and Wright. Lindor?," 31 Mar. 2021 The Chipotle Eyeshadow Palette includes matte and shimmer pigments that mimic the earthy tones of your favorite burrito bowl. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Chipotle is Releasing An e.l.f. Cosmetics Makeup Collection Inspired By Their Menu," 4 Mar. 2021 The rest consume insects, which means the bat droppings shimmer with iridescent residue from bug wings. New York Times, "Thai Caves Attract Millions of Bats — and Now Scientists Too," 17 Jan. 2021 So keep your eye on the aspens: their white trunks gleam in the fall sun, and their yellow leaves shake and shimmer, like so many tiny hands waving you in the right direction. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, "How to Hunt Ruffed Grouse," 24 Dec. 2020 The beats are crisp and forceful, and the synths float and shimmer. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "‘Man on the Moon III: The Chosen’ by Kid Cudi Review: Making Personal Problems Sound Good," 14 Dec. 2020 Luster has an energy and an honesty that makes the words practically shimmer on the page. Sydney Williams, NBC News, "Best books 2020: What to read, shared by Amazon Books editors," 19 Nov. 2020 That’s Joe Biden, a man whose old-time values shimmer in the age of Donald Trump. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "America’s Unlikely Savior," 7 Nov. 2020 Culdesac’s immediate neighbors include an R.V. park, a mechanic, a transmission shop and an auto-parts store, and nearby apartment complexes — the competition — are surrounded by parking lots that shimmer in the three-digit heat. Conor Dougherty, New York Times, "The Capital of Sprawl Gets a Radically Car-Free Neighborhood," 31 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Best of all might be Vetiveria, which stands out amongst the many vetiver scents that shimmer then fade, presenting real Haitian vetiver with a powerful, smoky backdrop of woods and a sharp note of lentisque. Alexander Freeling, Robb Report, "This Young Fragrance House’s Perfumes, Rich With Floral Notes, Are Made Entirely by Hand in San Antonio," 13 Apr. 2021 By the time our liquid floor show was ferried up the steep stairs and onto the front patio, only a shimmer of blue fire remained. Washington Post, "Swahili Village brings a taste of African fine dining to D.C.," 2 Apr. 2021 Gary McSpadden brought a shimmer to everyone’s eyes, literally. AZCentral.com, "Help support local journalism like this," 11 Mar. 2021 For a more imaginative feel, the zellige backsplash tile brings a layer of shimmer, and the uneven color of the tile offers dimension. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "Designer Clara Jung Turns a California Home Into a Family's Open-Concept Sanctuary," 12 Mar. 2021 Resembling the counter of your local Chipotle, this fresh eyeshadow palette features 12 matte, shimmer, and metallic shades inspired by iconic Chipotle ingredients. Sarah Boyd, Forbes, "E.l.f. Cosmetics And Chipotle Team For A Delicious New Collaboration," 10 Mar. 2021 The edit includes 20 shoes including nappa leather sandals, suede peep-toe heels and shimmer suede lace ups which all range in narrow, medium and wide widths. Essence, "Serena Williams And Daughter Olympia Star In First Fashion Campaign Together For Stuart Weitzman," 8 Mar. 2021 Add some shimmer to their lives with sparkly eye shadow palettes from Pat McGrath. Akili King, Vogue, "90 Gifts From Black-Owned Businesses to Give This Year," 24 Feb. 2021 The bustle and shimmer of this busy stretch of Ditmars Boulevard brought to mind a spring evening in Thessaloniki, or Austin in the nineties. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "How Restaurants Survive the Long Pandemic Winter," 22 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of shimmer

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shimmer

Verb

Middle English schimeren, from Old English scimerian; akin to Old English scīnan to shine — more at shine

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The first known use of shimmer was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

15 Apr 2021

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“Shimmer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shimmer. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for shimmer

shimmer

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shimmer

: to shine with a light that seems to move slightly

shimmer

verb
shim·​mer | \ ˈshi-mər How to pronounce shimmer (audio) \
shimmered; shimmering

Kids Definition of shimmer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to shine with a wavering light : glimmer

shimmer

noun

Kids Definition of shimmer (Entry 2 of 2)

: a wavering light the shimmer of silver leaves

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