- 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 shimmering
This season was no different, as he sent both men and women down the runway in shimmering head-to-toe looks.Kimye’s Dazzling, Terrifying LFW Appearance
September 17, 2014
When Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun, America was shimmering with the stirrings of social agitation.Is There a Ma Joad for the Piketty Era?
July 1, 2014
The last to take the runway was a shimmering gold, high-low gown with two elbow length cuffs, a thick choker, and heeled mules.The Blessing of Thom Browne Latest Collection
February 11, 2014
It was just two weeks ago, a little more, that this was going to be a day of shimmering triumph.How Bad Does the GOP Need Chris Christie? Really Bad.
January 21, 2014
A keen sailor, I was envious of the crew on board having the chance to sail on these stunning, shimmering blue waters.How John Lennon Rediscovered His Music in Bermuda
November 3, 2013
She was wearing a simple grey dress of some shimmering material.Casanova's Homecoming
Now, once more, every eye was fixed on the shimmering skyline.The Law-Breakers
You look down at yourself, at the shimmering garment that you found waiting for you.Hall of Mirrors
The web of shimmering wires descended, cupping him completely.The Affair of the Brains
He looked a quivering, shimmering, changeful creature, the color of golden-rod.Tales of Fishes
- (intr) to shine with a glistening or tremulous light
- a faint, glistening, or tremulous light
Word Origin and History for shimmering
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.).