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shimmer Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a weak and tremulous light
    • the shimmer of colors on iridescent feathers
    • the play of light on the water
  2. verb shine with a weak or fitful light
    • Beech leaves shimmered in the moonlight
  3. verb give off a shimmering reflection, as of silk

Shim"mer intransitive verb
OE. schimeren, AS. scimerian; akin to scimian, sciman, to glitter, D. schemeren, G. schimmern, Dan. skimre, Sw. skimra, AS. scima a light, brightness, Icel. skima, Goth. skeima a torch, a lantern, and E. shine. See Shine, v. i.
imperfect & past participle Shimmered ; present participle & verbal noun Shimmering
  1. To shine with a tremulous or intermittent light; to shine faintly; to gleam; to glisten; to glimmer.
    The shimmering glimpses of a stream. Tennyson.
Shim"mer noun
  1. A faint, tremulous light; a gleaming; a glimmer.
    TWo silver lamps, fed with perfumed oil, diffused . . . a trembling twilight-seeming shimmer through the quiet apartment. Sir W. Scott.

Webster 1913