from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A dim or intermittent flicker or flash of light.
  • noun A faint manifestation or indication; a trace.
  • intransitive verb To emit a dim, intermittent light: synonym: flash.
  • intransitive verb To be reflected in dim, intermittent flashes.
  • intransitive verb To appear faintly or indistinctly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A faint and wavering light; feeble and broken or scattered rays of light.
  • noun A faint glow; a shimmer.
  • noun A glimpse: same as glimmering, 2.
  • noun Mica.
  • noun Fire.
  • 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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A faint, unsteady light; feeble, scattered rays of light; also, a gleam.
  • noun Mica. See Mica.
  • noun [Prov. Eng.] an owl.
  • intransitive verb To give feeble or scattered rays of light; to shine faintly; to show a faint, unsteady light

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A faint light; a dim glow.
  • noun A flash of light.
  • noun A faint or remote possibility.
  • noun mineralogy, dated mica
  • verb intransitive To shine with a faint light.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a slight suggestion or vague understanding
  • noun a flash of light (especially reflected light)
  • verb shine brightly, like a star or a light


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English glimeren, to glitter, glimmer; see ghel- in Indo-European roots.]


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