American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A dim or intermittent flicker or flash of light.
- n. A faint manifestation or indication; a trace: a glimmer of understanding.
- v. To emit a dim or intermittent light. See Synonyms at flash.
- v. To appear faintly or indistinctly: Hope still glimmered in our minds.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To shine faintly or unsteadily; emit feeble or wavering rays of light; twinkle; gleam: as, the glimmering dawn; a glimmering lamp.
- To blink; wink; look unsteadily.
- Synonyms Gleam, Flicker, etc. See glare, intransitive verb
- n. A faint and wavering light; feeble and broken or scattered rays of light.
- n. A faint glow; a shimmer.
- n. A glimpse: same as glimmering, 2.
- n. Mica.
- n. Fire.
- n. A faint light; a dim glow.
- n. A flash of light.
- n. A faint or remote possibility.
- n. mineralogy, dated mica
- v. intransitive To shine with a faint light.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To give feeble or scattered rays of light; to shine faintly; to show a faint, unsteady light
- n. A faint, unsteady light; feeble, scattered rays of light; also, a gleam.
- n. Mica. See Mica.
- n. a slight suggestion or vague understanding
- n. a flash of light (especially reflected light)
- v. shine brightly, like a star or a light
- Middle English glimeren, to glitter, glimmer; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“You could see the glimmer from the pond in the front yard and hear the gentle roll of the water from the small creek.”
“Indeed, one glimmer is already a reality, that there are Universities out there that can and do graduate people but do not look like traditional Universities.”
“Most of them in my generation, I would bet, unless they were fortunate enough to see divorce up close as children, which served to remove the whole glimmer from the thing.”
“It was revealed to view by the dusky, uncertain glimmer of a wood fire that had burned almost down on a pair of tall brass andirons.”
“The glimmer from the fire-light died quite away, and only the bright stars kept watch over them.”
“But opening the door of the kitchen, through which her way lay to her own room, Winnie found there was a glimmer from the fire, which usually was covered up close; and coming further into the room, she saw some one stretched at full length upon the floor at the fireside.”
“As a contrarian, Mr. Croft sees a long-term glimmer of hope for stocks.”
“Not having a glimmer has been a repetitive experience in the Mets' clubhouse and front office over the last generation.”
“Karaoke-style subtitles glimmer along with the story, offering a rudimentary read-along opportunity - in English only, unfortunately - if a kid is up for the task.”
“Which is something that the CEO of a deco came by and says that's the first place you going to look for some kind of glimmer of hope?”
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