- a faint or unsteady light; gleam.
- a dim perception; inkling.
- to shine faintly or unsteadily; twinkle, shimmer, or flicker.
- to appear faintly or dimly.
Origin of glimmer
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Examples from the Web for glimmer
In the Kurdish area, tourism offers a glimmer of hope in a region crippled by decades of violence.Why Turkey Wants Russell Crowe’s Ark
May 11, 2014
We always want to focus on what we can do to help, to find that glimmer of optimism.How One Doctor Mastered the Art of Delivering Life-Changing Diagnoses
March 22, 2014
“There is a glimmer of possibility” that humanity could still turn this trajectory around, Lenton told me.The End of the Arctic? Ocean Could be Ice Free by 2015
December 13, 2013
What comes next is a bit mind bending—a glimmer of autobiography disguised as fictional prognostication.What We Really Know about J.D. Salinger
September 9, 2013
There was a glimmer of hope when, last April, Congress decided it was time to regulate themselves.Self-Regulation Fails in Congress
April 26, 2013
He looked from the window, and saw in the east the first glimmer of a lovely spring-day.
But there he stopped, for he began to have a glimmer of where she was leading him.
There was no light in the kitchen, and only a glimmer in the chamber above.Meadow Grass
As he had anticipated, the hunt had begun at the first glimmer of light.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Then he looked up at her with a glimmer of anxiety in his eyes.Alice Adams
- (of a light, candle, etc) to glow faintly or flickeringly
- to be indicated faintlyhope glimmered in his face
- a glow or twinkle of light
- a faint indication
Word Origin and History for glimmer
early 14c., "shine brightly," a frequentative from Proto-Germanic *glim-, root of Old English glæm "brightness" (see gleam (n.)). Sense shifted 15c. to "shine faintly." Cf. Dutch glimmeren, German glimmeren "to shine dimly." Related: Glimmered; glimmering.
1580s, from glimmer (v.).