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  • v. Present participle of shimmer.
  • n. A gleam or glimmer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A gleam or glimmering.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A faint and tremulous gleaming or shining.


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  • Gay can slip into purple excesses of language now and then - if I could, I would wave one of those "Men in Black" wands and erase the phrase "shimmering labia" from my brain - but he can also score a direct hit when he wants to.

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  • The Social Network jumps from depositions in shimmering corporate conference rooms to flashback clashes between angry, entitled elites.

    Ari Melber: The Social Network: Because People Like Being Alone Together

  • Brunette celebrities were guided to a fitting room decorated in shimmering silver; blonde clients were ushered into a dressing room of gleaming gold.

    Lesley M. M. Blume: ICON OF STYLE SERIES: Lilly Daché (PHOTOS)

  • In this program Pavlova was robed in shimmering white and silver, with diademed head and ankles tied with rosy ribbons … The fairy scene vanishes and a radiant figure — (Pavlova) — [re -] enters the stage walking with the delicate precision and grace of some wild bird.

    Further Pavlova

  • She was cloaked in shimmering blue robes that looked like stars painted against midnight sky.

    Chanlis and Desira « A Fly in Amber

  • Mosaics of cracked sapphire and emerald lined the streets in shimmering beauty.

    The October Man « A Fly in Amber

  • Adams could draw a certain shimmering tone that really changed the way we look at the American West.

    picture envy no. 30

  • At a recent Sunday Mass, All Saints choir director Arlene Skwierawski, a wiry, red-haired Polish-American ex-nun in shimmering purple robes, pounds the keyboard like Jerry Lee Lewis. - Two cities, 10 years, same crisis

  • Gehry delivered a striking building whose bulbous shapes are variously covered in shimmering gold, silver, and purple stainless steel, and in red and blue aluminum shingles.

    The Bilbao Effect

  • Amber fell round her shoulders in shimmering waves of light, and sunbeams lost themselves in her lashes.

    The Fairies and the Christmas Child


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  • The yellow-toothed wolf from the Little Red Riding Hood book I had when I was a child comes to me - purple jacket and all - shimmering out of the wall or the fire or the carpet or just thin air, comes to me and wraps his bigger weightless body around mine and tries to get in. From "The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan.

    March 27, 2012

  • "My joy at having rediscovered it was enhanced by the tone, so friendly and familiar, which it adopted in addressing me, so persuasive, so simple, and yet without subduing the shimmering beauty with which it glowed."

    --The Captive & The Fugitive by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, revised by D.J. Enright, p 332 of the Modern Library paperback edition

    January 20, 2010

  • "Weary, resigned, occupied for several hours still with its immemorial task, the grey day stitched its shimmering needlework of light and shade, and it saddened me to think that I was to be left alone with a thing that knew me no more than would a seamstress who, installed by the window so as to see better while she finishes her work, pays no attention to the person present with her in the room."

    --The Guermantes Way by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, Revised by D.J. Enright, p 479 of the Modern Library paperback edition

    September 2, 2008

  • "One morning, after several weeks of showers and storms, I heard in my chimney—instead of the formless, elastic, sombre wind which stirred in me a longing to go to the sea—the cooing of the pigeons, nesting in the wall outside; shimmering and unexpected like a first hyacinth gently tearing open its nutritious heart to release its flower of sound, mauve and satin-soft, letting into my still dark and shuttered bedroom as through an opened window the warmth, the brightness, the fatigue of a first fine day."

    --The Guermantes Way by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, Revised by D.J. Enright, pp 186-187 of the Modern Library paperback edition

    August 4, 2008

  • "Aramaic Lord's Prayer

    O Silent Sound,

    whose shimmering music pulsates

    at the heart of each and all,

    Clear a space in us where thy melody

    may be perceived in its purity.

    Let the rhythm of thy counsel reverberate through our lives,

    so that we move to the beat of justice, love, and peace.

    Then, our whole being at one with thy song,

    grant that the earth may be filled

    with the beauty of thy voice.

    Endow us with the wisdom to produce and share

    what each being needs to grow and flourish,

    And give us courage to embrace our shadow with emptiness,

    as we embrace others in their darkness.

    But let us not be captive to uncertainty,

    nor cling to fruitless pursuits.

    For from thee springs forth

    the rhythm, the melody, and the harmony,

    which restores all to balance, again and again.


    - rendered by Mark Hathaway based on the work of Neil Douglas-Klotz in 'Prayers of the Cosmos', 1990.

    December 24, 2007