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.
- shim·mer·ing·ly, adverb
- un·shim·mer·ing, adjective
- un·shim·mer·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use shimmer in a sentence
Or, in the desert, when the ground is hot, and air is cool, and there is air turbulence, it might cause a shimmer at the horizon that looks like a pool of water.Want art you can’t look away from? These 5 visual illusions will entrance your mind | Corinne Iozzio | July 21, 2021 | Popular-Science
The moon was coming up, and its mystic shimmer was casting a million lights across the distant, restless water.
He saw the tips of the fir trees shimmer, and heard them whisper as the breeze turned their needles towards the light.Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
The golden shimmer of Edna's satin gown spread in rich folds on either side of her.
She looked down, noticing the black line of his leg moving in and out so close to her against the yellow shimmer of her gown.
Farther down the river there was a flash of something white amidst the pale green shimmer of the flood.The Gold Trail | Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for shimmer
(intr) to shine with a glistening or tremulous light
a faint, glistening, or tremulous light
- shimmering, adjective
- shimmeringly, adverb
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