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

From left, a flash of feline pattern from Saint Laurent; shimmering leather trousers at Givenchy; lustrous blazers at Versace and 1017 Alyx 9SM; a showy pop of snakeskin print from Celine. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Men’s Trends You Might Actually Want to Wear in 2020," 28 June 2019 The lyrics proclaim the story of a man proud to be gay, set to an upbeat, shimmering disco beat. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Acting Up: 15 LGBTQ Protest Songs to Power Your Pride Month," 21 June 2019 Its ballroom scenes are shimmering dioramas of exuberance and expression; its characters reinvent themselves as historical divas, Shakespearian characters, avant-garde fashion plates. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Pose Lets In the Light," 12 June 2019 The palette features nine shades, ranging from neutral mattes to seriously shimmering pops of colors. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner and Khloé Kardashian Announced Their Third Koko Makeup Kollection," 8 June 2019 His oil paintings are luxurious orchestrations of feverish reds, velvety blues, dusky purples, astringent oranges, and shimmering greens. The New York Review of Books, "Jed Perl," 9 May 2019 When most people these days think of the nation of Barbados, one image springs to mind: Not the incredible shimmering blue waters or the sugar-white beaches, but a person, Rihanna. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018 Heat vegetable oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Washington Post, "You won’t miss the meat in these rice and edamame burgers," 24 June 2019 When two very similar grids with light and dark elements overlap, new sinuous patterns emerge that seem to shimmer and flow. Quanta Magazine, "When Magic Is Seen in Twisted Graphene, That’s a Moiré," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The star of the collection is arguably the Eyeshadow Palette (above), which includes 15 colors — mostly shimmers with a few mattes thrown in — for just $20. Marci Robin, Allure, "Ulta and Marvel Are Launching an Avengers Makeup Collection, and the Prices Are Heroic," 31 Mar. 2019 Vo's advice? Dab a wash of shimmer with a purple undertone on the tops of cheekbones and the inner corners of the eye for a fun take on highlighter. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "5 Playful Makeup Ideas to Consider This Spring," 18 Mar. 2019 Once the oil shimmers, add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown. Joe Yonan, The Seattle Times, "Jaggery, tamarind and ghee: Nik Sharma sets a multicultural, seasonal table," 16 Oct. 2018 The catwalk was dusted with glitter, a nod to Spade’s enduring shimmer, which was threaded throughout Glass’s collection. Katharine K. Zarrella, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Spade's New Creative Director Opens Up About Honoring the Late Designer's Legacy," 30 Jan. 2019 The Naked Reloaded includes deep, luxurious shades in rich mattes and UD's trademark pearly shimmers. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Urban Decay is Launching the Naked Reloaded Palette With Bigger Eyeshadow Pans," 13 Feb. 2019 And what a way to celebrate a quarter century on the scene than by releasing this beautiful collision of AOR riffs and sweet pop shimmer. Ron Hart, Billboard, "Reunited '90s Rockers Belly Talk Loving Kesha & Why the Rapper Belly Is 'Not Even An Issue'," 24 May 2018 Perfect Mono Innocence and Gold Dust added shimmer to the eyelids. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pat McGrath's Enchanting Makeup at Dolce & Gabbana," 24 Feb. 2014 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

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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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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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