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
This season was no different, as he sent both men and women down the runway in shimmering head-to-toe looks.
When Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun, America was shimmering with the stirrings of social agitation.
The last to take the runway was a shimmering gold, high-low gown with two elbow length cuffs, a thick choker, and heeled mules.
“Oh my god,” she says suddenly looking down at the gold Hebrew necklace shimmering in view on her visible upper half.Behind ‘Broad City’: Amy Poehler’s Girls of Comedy | Abby Haglage | January 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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. | Michael Tomasky | January 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rosemary shook her head doubtfully, and her falling hair of pale, shimmering gold waved like a wheat-field shaken by a breeze.Rosemary in Search of a Father | C. N. Williamson
A gentle breeze stirred the air and the surface of the lakes lay shimmering in the soft autumnal light.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
The shimmering surface of the river near the boat was broken up into ripples surrounding a black object.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
Um-ko sat motionless against the silver fusuma, an ivory image, crowned and robed in shimmering gray.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
He stepped forward now, and gripped him with his dusty glove by the sleeve of his shimmering bridegroom's coat.Mistress Wilding | Rafael Sabatini
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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