a faint or unsteady light; gleam.
a dim perception; inkling.
to shine faintly or unsteadily; twinkle, shimmer, or flicker.
to appear faintly or dimly.
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How to use glimmer in a sentence
Maryland’s game against Ohio State on Monday night began with a glimmer of optimism.Maryland misses a chance to boost its NCAA tournament hopes with a loss to No. 4 Ohio State | Emily Giambalvo | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
With the launch of the Promote Iceland campaign, M&C Saatchi was able to offer a glimmer of hope where there was hardly any to be found.Ally Financial, M&C Saatchi Group and Comedy Central are Digiday Awards winners | Melissa Hayes | January 28, 2021 | Digiday
As I approach the midpoint of my ninth decade, I see glimmers of light amid the darkness.Madeleine Albright: 'Us vs. Them' Thinking Is Tearing America Apart. But Here's Why I'm Still Hopeful About the Future | Madeleine Albright | January 15, 2021 | Time
“In a world where everything feels like it’s caving in and you’re alone, advertising is a team sport and to feel like you’re part of a team can give you that glimmer and make you feel like you’re not alone,” he said.‘Always on trauma machine’: Social media managers grapple with burnout, leaving the industry | Kimeko McCoy | January 13, 2021 | Digiday
The Steelers contributed to their own demise, but the startling disparity between the teams showed after Pittsburgh provided a glimmer.Browns shake off their history, secure first playoff win since 1995 | Adam Kilgore, Des Bieler | January 11, 2021 | Washington Post
I saw a faint, sweet glimmer of the ferocious protector he once was.
And I can see the bright early glimmer of the Africa bug in my own children.How I Got Addicted to Africa (and Wrote a Thriller About It) | Todd Moss | September 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His hazel eyes actually glimmer and his brown hair, barely beginning to salt and pepper, curls up around a Seattle Seahawks cap.
In the Kurdish area, tourism offers a glimmer of hope in a region crippled by decades of violence.
But the little glimmer of a silver lining for those problems is that I can usually cure them.Doctors Can’t Prescribe a Magical Cure for Everything | Russell Saunders | March 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The light that came through the machine's iris was faint at first, the barest glimmer of white in deep darkness.The Man from Time | Frank Belknap Long
O lady, mine,Hushed now is every path, and few and dimThe lamps that glimmer through the balconies.Thou sleepest!The Poems of Giacomo Leopardi | Giacomo Leopardi
Giant ranges, whose peaks glimmer with the cold gleam of never-melting snow, shut in the valley.The Gold Trail | Harold Bindloss
Before leaving him she trimmed and lowered the andon so that its yellow light would be a mere glimmer in the darkness.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
Again he sat in the soft darkness, before the ghostly glimmer of the silk, tracing upon it visions of ethereal light.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
British Dictionary definitions for glimmer
(of a light, candle, etc) to glow faintly or flickeringly
to be indicated faintly: hope glimmered in his face
a glow or twinkle of light
a faint indication
- glimmeringly, adverb
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