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
- intransitive v. To shine with a tremulous or intermittent light; to shine faintly; to gleam; to glisten; to glimmer.
- n. A faint, tremulous light; a gleaming; a glimmer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To shine with a veiled, tremulous light; gleam faintly.
- 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.
- In mech., to correct an inequality by inserting a thin slip or shim.
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
Middle English shimeren, from Old English scimerian.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English scymrian or Norse skimi. (Wiktionary)