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shimmer

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verb shim·mer \ˈshi-mər\

Definition of shimmer

shimmered

shimmering

play \ˈshi-mə-riŋ, ˈshim-riŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to shine with a soft tremulous or fitful light :  glimmer

  3. 2 :  to reflect a wavering sometimes distorted visual image

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to cause to shimmer

Examples of shimmer in a sentence

  1. The road shimmered in the heat.

  2. <a sequined dress shimmering under the studio lights>

Origin and Etymology of shimmer

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


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of shimmer

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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shimmer

noun shim·mer

Definition of shimmer

  1. 1 :  a light that shimmers :  subdued sparkle or sheen :  glimmer

  2. 2 :  a wavering sometimes distorted visual image usually resulting from heat-induced changes in atmospheric refraction

shimmery

play \ˈshi-mə-rē, ˈshim-rē\ adjective

1821

First Known Use of shimmer

1821


SHIMMER Defined for English Language Learners

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shimmer

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verb shim·mer \ˈshi-mər\

Definition of shimmer for English Language Learners

  • : to shine with a light that seems to move slightly


SHIMMER Defined for Kids

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shimmer

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verb shim·mer \ˈshi-mər\

Definition of shimmer for Students

shimmered

shimmering

  1. :  to shine with a wavering light :  glimmer


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shimmer

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noun shim·mer

Definition of shimmer for Students

  1. :  a wavering light <the shimmer of silver leaves>



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