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

  • n. A dim or intermittent flicker or flash of light.
  • n. A faint manifestation or indication; a trace: a glimmer of understanding.
  • intransitive v. To emit a dim or intermittent light. See Synonyms at flash.
  • intransitive v. To appear faintly or indistinctly: Hope still glimmered in our minds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A faint light; a dim glow.
  • n. A flash of light.
  • n. A faint or remote possibility.
  • n. mica
  • v. To shine with a faint light.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A faint, unsteady light; feeble, scattered rays of light; also, a gleam.
  • n. Mica. See Mica.
  • intransitive v. To give feeble or scattered rays of light; to shine faintly; to show a faint, unsteady light

from The 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.

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

  • n. a slight suggestion or vague understanding
  • n. a flash of light (especially reflected light)
  • v. 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-2 in Indo-European roots.



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