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 Earlier this month, Samy Kamkar shared his latest creation on Twitter: chocolate that shimmers like a rainbow. Devi Lockwood, New York Times, "Why Is This Chocolate Shimmering Like a Rainbow?," 21 May 2020 The space would soon be filled with dozens of actors in shimmering saris and kurtas. Los Angeles Times, "How Mindy Kaling brought the Hindu tradition of Ganesh Puja to American TV," 1 May 2020 The resulting sphere of black liquid transmogrifies inside the skull’s gob, as tiny cones shimmer across the surface. Matt Simon, Wired, "These Ferrofluid Sculptures Will Melt Your Mind," 16 Apr. 2020 Our driver stopped at a bend on a ridge as Picachos came into view—vast, shimmering blue, and tranquil. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, "Is This Lake the Best New Bass Fishing Spot in Mexico?," 18 Mar. 2020 Here are the five best beauty products that will make your skin sparkle and shimmer this season. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "5 New Beauty Products That Will Have Your Skin Glowing Insane," 14 Nov. 2019 At night the water shimmered under the impressive skyline lights. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Jim’s Steak House: Readers’ memories flood back about classic restaurant," 17 May 2020 Sky-high sheets embedded with thousands of Swarovski crystals shimmer. oregonlive, "‘Frozen, the Musical’ brings maximum spectacle and pure magic to Portland," 9 Mar. 2020 When the lard is shimmering, add the meatballs, in batches if necessary, and cook until browned on all sides, about 6 minutes total. Jonathan Miles, Field & Stream, "How to Cook Waterfowl Albondigas," 23 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These affordable, mini palettes come in eight colorful combos with matte and shimmer options. Erica Metzger, Better Homes & Gardens, "2020 Beauty Awards: Our Favorite Makeup Products of the Year," 11 Sep. 2020 Add small pieces of recycled glass to pea gravel for a little shimmer. Sunset Magazine, "17 Landscaping and Design Ideas for Added Curb Appeal," 11 Sep. 2020 Choose from eight shades to add some shimmer over your eye look, or rock it on its own. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "15 Amazon beauty products more affordable than their cult-favorite counterparts," 31 Aug. 2020 The new beauty line revealed its first product, the Shimmer Dreams three-piece kit, which is equipped with a glittering high shine lip gloss, a nourishing hand lotion and an iridescent high-shimmer body spray. Morgan M. Evans, PEOPLE.com, "Kimora Lee Simmons Launches Baby Phat Beauty with Daughters Ming and Aoki: 'It's Old Meets New'," 1 Sep. 2020 The stripes are dark gray and the main part is a very light cream with a slight shimmer. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "15 popular decor items you didn’t know Home Depot sold," 24 Aug. 2020 This shimmery stick is a handy three-in-one tool to deliver an intense dose of shimmer and color to your lips, eyes and cheeks. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "All Stila Cosmetics, including our favorite liquid eyeliner, are 20% off right now," 20 Aug. 2020 The pink, blue, and green colors of the clips match the swirls in her abstract-patterned dress and the shimmer and matte shades on her eyes. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "Megan Thee Stallion's Butterfly Clips Are Taking Me Back to Fourth Grade," 17 Aug. 2020 Fans can shop scrunchies and cosmetics bags, and very soon, body lotion, nail stickers, jelly blush, sheet masks, bath bombs, and a liquid shimmer that looks suspiciously like a bottle of Felix Felicis. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Where to Shop the Ulta Beauty x "Harry Potter" Makeup Collection," 21 July 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Shimmer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shimmer. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for shimmer

shimmer

verb
How to pronounce shimmer (audio)

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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