Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To shine with a subdued flickering light. See Synonyms at flash.
  • intransitive v. To appear as a wavering or flickering image, as in a reflection on water or through heat waves in air.
  • n. A flickering or tremulous light; a glimmer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To shine with a veiled, tremulous, or intermittent light; to gleam faintly; to glisten; to glimmer.
  • n. A faint or veiled and tremulous gleam or shining; a glimmer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A faint, tremulous light; a gleaming; a glimmer.
  • intransitive v. To shine with a tremulous or intermittent light; to shine faintly; to gleam; to glisten; to glimmer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To shine with a veiled, tremulous light; gleam faintly.
  • In mech., to correct an inequality by inserting a thin slip or shim.
  • n. A faint or veiled and tremulous gleam or shining.
  • n. A workman in cabinet-work or other fine woodwork who fills up cracks or makes parts fit by the insertion of shims or thin pieces.

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

  • v. shine with a weak or fitful light
  • v. give off a shimmering reflection, as of silk
  • n. a weak and tremulous light

Etymologies

Middle English shimeren, from Old English scimerian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English scymrian or Norse skimi. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • As tiny, pretty mega-talent Cher Lloyd stepped on to the X Factor stage last month in shimmer foundation, squashed-spider eyelashes and over-pruned brows, only for Louis Walsh to trill, You're 16?

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  • They call it a "shimmer" - a glint, a glitter, a glisten.

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  • You type in -war" (knocking the errant hair aside as you strike the A), and watch the word shimmer like a line of phosphorescent battle dust on the PC screen.

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  • I used a creamier face and body shimmer, which is easier to work with than watery/gel-based products, which are good for the body but hard to work with on the face.

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  • The texture of the lipstick is lovely, not too opaque and with slight "wet" shimmer, which is exactly what I like.

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  • Galead saw the Stone set in the sword shimmer and pale.

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  • In order to sell flats to people who might not like the idea of council estates, the developers wanted what the architects call "shimmer".

    The Guardian World News

  • Giant honeybees are known to flip their bellies up en masse to create a giant wave called a shimmer, somewhat akin to humans rhythmically throwing their hands in the air in a wave at a football game.

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  • Can you see in the upper right hand corner how the snowflakes have a kind of shimmer to them?

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