- 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 shimmer
They saw those rocks, through the shimmer of the surface glare.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
Everything they do, everything they say, gets the colour and shimmer of the sea.The Little Manx Nation - 1891
The trees outside were casting a shimmer of green through the sunshine in the room.Highacres
There was a shimmer of light from the top and I took a closer look at it.The Repairman
The blocks of ice flash and shimmer as they pass through the sunshine.Pipefuls
- (intr) to shine with a glistening or tremulous light
- a faint, glistening, or tremulous light
Word Origin and History for shimmer
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.).