shimmer

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

Inspired by his travels, Forster came to believe that a revolution in Europe was in the air, as inevitable as the sunrise over the shimmering Pacific. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, "‘Georg Forster’ Review: In Search of Earthly Paradise," 22 Feb. 2019 The pink and gold gown shimmered as Kim entered the exhibit, making her look like a princess. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Is Nearly Naked in a Transparent Grecian Gown & Tiny Corset by Thierry Mugler," 26 Feb. 2019 So with the holiday break on the horizon, and no time like the present to turn up the wattage above the neck, what better time to binge on classics with leading ladies that shimmered and sparkled with unapologetic vanity? Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Best Old Hollywood Movies to Inspire a Legendary Holiday Beauty Look," 15 Dec. 2018 On the title screen, a pixelated moon hangs white and singular behind the rigging of the ship, its light shimmering on the water of an impossibly dark sea. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Why Return of the Obra Dinn is my game of the year," 21 Dec. 2018 The wonderful old drawings shimmered with mystery in the dim light. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Inspiring Words for Aspiring Readers," 13 Dec. 2018 In a dress that shimmers like a flash . . . or so argued Dakota Johnson (in Gucci), Emma Stone (in Louis Vuitton), and Cate Blanchett (in Maison Margiela). Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of October 22, 2018," 22 Oct. 2018 Most compelling of all is the book’s portrait of a decadent Manhattan that shimmers with glamour, but has something rotten at its core. Constance Grady, Vox, "The 16 best books I read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Wear them with your fave VS Fantasy Bra dupe to shimmer from top to toe. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Converse and Chiara Ferragni Collaborate on Glittery Sneaker Collection," 11 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To prep for shadow, Mann first applied UD's Primer Potion in Sin (a pale nude shimmer) to Williams' lids. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Maisie Williams Wore a Full Face of Urban Decay’s Game of Thrones Makeup Collection to the Season 8 Premiere," 4 Apr. 2019 Attendees interpreted the dress code in many ways: geometric prints, dizzying pleats, and lots of shimmer. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski, Sienna Miller, and More Celebrate the Ultra-Cool Rem Koolhaas at the New Museum’s Spring Gala," 4 Apr. 2019 Ariana was the picture of elegance, pulling her hair back into her signature tight ponytail and wearing a light shimmer on her face that perfectly catches the camera’s flash. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Walked Dog Myron in Pink Lipstick and a Matching Faux Fur Coat," 3 Jan. 2019 The pearlescent orbs warm up your face in a way that's more natural thanks to varying shades and a little shimmer. Hannah Morrill, Marie Claire, "These Are the Exact Products You Need for the Glowiest Skin of Your Life," 30 June 2016 Try the Brass Belly Pewter wallpaper in a bedroom with gold accents, or even on the wall of a bathroom for a mermaid-esque shimmer. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "This Removable Wallpaper Looks Like 3-D Mermaid Scales On Your Wall," 31 Jan. 2019 The nine-pan palette features eight eye shadows in shimmer and matte finishes, as well as a stunning champagne-pink highlighter in the center. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "BH Cosmetics Just Launched a New Mini Zodiac Palette for Aries," 19 Mar. 2019 My g0-to butt regimen for years has been to slather my lower-half with all kinds of body oils, shimmers, and lotions, like Sol de Janeiro's Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, so my standards for a smooth, toned tush are high. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "I Tried Butt Masks, and My Booty May Never Be The Same," 22 Feb. 2019 Frosted lids and lips might feel like a relic of the ’90s, when pop stars were overloaded with shimmer and shine. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Selena Gomez Tries Out This Season’s Trickiest Makeup Trend," 20 Feb. 2019

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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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shimmy shirt

Shimoda

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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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