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shimmer

verb shim·mer \ ˈshi-mər \

Definition of shimmer

shimmered; shimmering play \ˈshi-mə-riŋ, ˈshim-riŋ\
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

Examples of shimmer in a Sentence

  1. The road shimmered in the heat.

  2. a sequined dress shimmering under the studio lights

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Origin and Etymology of shimmer

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

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

Definition of shimmer

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

shimmery

play \ˈshi-mə-rē, ˈshim-rē\ adjective

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First Known Use of shimmer

1821


SHIMMER Defined for English Language Learners

shimmer

verb

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

verb shim·mer \ ˈshi-mər \

Definition of shimmer for Students

shimmered; shimmering
:to shine with a wavering light :glimmer

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shimmer

noun

Definition of shimmer for Students

:a wavering light
  • the shimmer of silver leaves


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