- to shine with or reflect a subdued, tremulous light; gleam faintly.
- to appear to quiver or vibrate in faint light or while reflecting heat waves.
- a subdued, tremulous light or gleam.
- a quivering or vibrating motion or image as produced by reflecting faint light or heat waves.
Origin of shimmer
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Examples from the Web for shimmered
Alan Cumming shimmered darkly and brilliantly as the emcee in the Cabaret performance.
Consider one bold, green dress with a voluminous skirt that shimmered with what looked like the green scales of an alligator.Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2014: Palazzo Fashion
September 21, 2013
In a strapless platinum sheath covered in paiettes by Armani Prive, Anne Hathaway shimmered on the carpet.Dress Makers
February 23, 2009
It shimmered and trembled like an iridescent bubble about to break.The Cruise of the Snark
Shadows, formed by the water on the pane, shimmered on Fernando's face.When the Owl Cries
In it was a strange, liquid which shone and shimmered in the half-darkness of the hut.The King's Assegai
Then the sharp lines of the throne blurred; it shimmered in the light.The People of the Crater
He looked at the gauge that shimmered redly before him, disbelieving.Sound of Terror
- (intr) to shine with a glistening or tremulous light
- a faint, glistening, or tremulous light
Word Origin and History for shimmered
Old English scimerian "to glitter, shimmer, glisten, shine," related to (perhaps a frequentative of) scimian "to shine," from Proto-Germanic *skim- (cf. Swedish skimra, Dutch schemeren "to glitter," German schimmern), from PIE root *skai- "to gleam, to shine" (see shine (v.). Related: Shimmered; shimmering.
"a tremulous light," 1821, from shimmer (v.).