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shimmer

[ shim-er ]
/ ˈʃɪm ər /
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verb (used without object)

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.

noun

a subdued, tremulous light or gleam.
a quivering or vibrating motion or image as produced by reflecting faint light or heat waves.

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Origin of shimmer

First recorded before 1100; Middle English schimeren, s(c)hemeren, Old English scimrian; cognate with Dutch schemeren, German schimmern “to glisten”

synonym study for shimmer

1. See glisten.

OTHER WORDS FROM shimmer

shim·mer·ing·ly, adverbun·shim·mer·ing, adjectiveun·shim·mer·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for shimmer

shimmer
/ (ˈʃɪmə) /

verb

(intr) to shine with a glistening or tremulous light

noun

a faint, glistening, or tremulous light

Derived forms of shimmer

shimmering, adjectiveshimmeringly, adverb

Word Origin for shimmer

Old English scimerian; related to Middle Low German schēmeren to grow dark, Old Norse skimi brightness
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