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

Heat the remaining ½ cup olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the oil begins to shimmer. Los Angeles Times, "Stay chill once you grill with these 3 summer soups," 21 Aug. 2019 The hills around Zihuatanejo are positively littered with properties that shimmer with the potential to offer a uniquely magnificent experience of their own, with plenty of options available across the budget spectrum. Timothy Schnupp, chicagotribune.com, "Zihuatanejo hotel proves ideal place to do a whole lot of nothing," 20 Aug. 2019 The foundation team was able to track the pair for 25 minutes; what mesmerized was not only the procreative union but the halo of filaments that radiated outward from the female’s body, shimmering with points of light. William J. Broad, New York Times, "The Creepy Anglerfish Comes to Light. (Just Don’t Get Too Close.)," 29 July 2019 For the same price, the indoor Roman Pool, which shimmers with deep blue glass tiles and is decorated with statues of Greek and Roman figures, will open the same evening hours to just 20 guests on July 20 and Oct. 19. Mary Forgione, latimes.com, "You can swim in Hearst Castle's famous pools. It'll only cost you $1,250," 13 June 2019 With practiced expertise, a middle-aged beekeeper named Hatidze makes her way along a rocky cliff and pulls aside a few stones to reveal row after precious row of golden honeycomb, shimmering like treasure buried in the mountainside. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Honeyland’ is a heartbreaking documentary about a vanishing way of life," 25 July 2019 Long-term investors love this kind of setup, wherein higher profits shimmer on the horizon. Adam Seessel, Fortune, "Valuation: Could WeChat Sink Tencent’s Stock?," 25 July 2019 No dirt here — just a very, very bright planet shimmering above our heads and right in front of our faces. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Saturn and its rings will be visible tonight; here’s when and where to watch," 9 July 2019 Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to large skillet and heat until shimmering but not smoking. Ann Maloney, nola.com, "The thighs have it! Chicken pieces keep juicy flavor," 25 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There's a poignant romantic shimmer, too, in a prom-night sequence — a veil of hopeful light that will soon be in shreds. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Waves': Film Review | Telluride 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 Behind the desk, the East River shimmers while the sun, now risen, beams through a window as small vessels float by and cars scurry along the Brooklyn Bridge like ants in a row. Kaelen Jones, SI.com, "'It Don't Stop': Jalen Rose's Work Days Are a Whirlwind," 11 July 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 Keep it all in balance with a more subdued top and shoes, with a bag that has just a hint of shimmer. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "6 Chic New Years Eve Outfit Ideas," 17 Dec. 2018 Today, more than 30 years after the fire, the Central Library shimmers like a distinctly urban phoenix. Jane Kamensky, WSJ, "‘The Library Book’ Review: The People’s Palace," 11 Oct. 2018 From the languid sway of the bay laurel trees to the disco shimmer of the quaking aspens to the Dude-like serenity of the redwoods, a vague drugginess wafts over the place. Chris Colin, Outside Online, "Drawing a Line in the Sand Over River Rights," 30 May 2018 The cut of the gemstone also makes a difference in the rock’s shimmer. Southern Living, "Diamond (Alternatives) Are A Girl's Best Friend," 19 Apr. 2018 Look for the same shimmer and shine for your formal Kentucky Derby wear but also to show up in more muted ways on t-shirts and accessories. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Crazy for color, ruffles and gold: The Kentucky Derby fashion trends you'll see this year," 22 Mar. 2018

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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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