glimmer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v glimmer shine brightly, like a star or a light
    • n glimmer a slight suggestion or vague understanding "he had no inkling what was about to happen"
    • n glimmer a flash of light (especially reflected light)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Glimmer A faint, unsteady light; feeble, scattered rays of light; also, a gleam. "Gloss of satin and glimmer of pearls."
    • Glimmer Mica. See Mica.
    • v. i Glimmer To give feeble or scattered rays of light; to shine faintly; to show a faint, unsteady light; as, the glimmering dawn; a glimmering lamp. "The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • glimmer To shine faintly or unsteadily; emit feeble or wavering rays of light; twinkle; gleam: as, the glimmering dawn; a glimmering lamp.
    • glimmer To blink; wink; look unsteadily.
    • glimmer Synonyms Gleam, Flicker, etc. See glare, intransitive verb
    • n glimmer A faint and wavering light; feeble and broken or scattered rays of light.
    • n glimmer A faint glow; a shimmer.
    • n glimmer A glimpse: same as glimmering, 2.
    • n glimmer Mica.
    • n glimmer Fire.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Glimmer glim′ėr to burn or appear faintly
    • n Glimmer a faint light: feeble rays of light:
    • n Glimmer (min.) mica
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Idioms

Glimmer of hope - A glimmer of hope is the belief that there is a slight chance that something positive will happen.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to G. glimmer, a faint, trembling light, mica, glimmern, to glimmer, glimmen, to shine faintly, glow, Sw. glimma, Dan. glimre, D. glimmen, glimpen,. See Gleam a ray, and cf. Glimpse

Usage

In literature:

The small panes in the roof of his loft were glimmering blue in the light of the morning.
"At the Back of the North Wind" by Elizabeth Lewis and George MacDonald
Away in the distance where the castle stood, many lights had begun to glimmer.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
On one thin arm glimmered an extraordinarily heavy bracelet of gold.
"Never-Fail Blake" by Arthur Stringer
His eyes were glimmering and of an indeterminate colour.
"The Mayor of Warwick" by Herbert M. Hopkins
And then Val had a glimmering of the truth; the "Boss" and his friends had at last found Jeems' private door.
"Ralestone Luck" by Andre Norton
Now on that glimmering rock I see him stand: Avenge!
"The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles, Vol. 1" by William Lisle Bowles
They had been too far away to draw a shot, gray glimmers through patches of sage.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
Even under the stars which crusted a moonless sky, the vast stretches of billowing sand glimmered faintly golden as a phosphorescent sea.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
The glimmer of the river was pale through the clumps of bushes which sometimes grew into the flood.
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
I saw, or thought I saw, a glimmer of light.
"The Lost Valley" by J. M. Walsh
A suppressed smile glimmered through the group and Mr. Connor became more suspicious of Katrina.
"Golden Stories" by Various
I will wait patiently, for there is a faint glimmer of hope left.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
Isabel followed the two grey glimmering figures, and was astonished at the speed with which she had to go.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
For an instant she thought it might be possible that Phebe had caught some glimmer of the truth.
"Cobwebs and Cables" by Hesba Stretton
The noise and the glimmer reached Frank in his berth, and called him back to time and space and memory.
"The Drummer Boy" by John Trowbridge
There he was safe, but some day he would see some woman smile, catch the glimmer of some eye, and throw safety away to ride after her.
"Riders of the Silences" by John Frederick
Many of the windows that glimmered at them, passing, were the blank windows of empty houses.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
In a moment I heard footsteps moving and saw a light glimmering through the blinds.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
The fog was gone, but the night was black, without glimmer of stars.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
A glimmer of light had passed along one of the windows on the second floor.
"The Blonde Lady" by Maurice Leblanc
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In poetry:

I see the rainbow in the sky,
The dew upon the grass;
I see them, and I ask not why
They glimmer or they pass.
"Resignation" by Walter Savage Landor
It was as if the Sky
Had silently kissed the Earth,
So that she, in the glimmer of blossoms,
Now had to dream of him.
"Mondnacht (Moonlit Night)" by Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff
In the darkness, when the glimmer
Of the storm was on the pane,
I have sat and heard a dimmer
Voice lamenting in the rain.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
In the thrill of little leaves
I see the air's invisible dance,
and in their glimmering
the secret heart-beats of the sky.
"Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore
"A glimmering thought occurs to me
(Its source I can't unearth),
But I've a kind of a notion we
Were cruelly changed at birth.
"General John" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The sands at my feet are shaking,
The stars in the sky are wan;
The mists for the shore are making,
With a glimmer drifting on.
"The Mermaid" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

As Hurricane Katrina put the issue of poverty onto the national agenda, many liberal advocates wondered whether the floods offered a glimmer of opportunity.
If you're waiting for a glimmer of redemption or even a fleeting moment of grace, you'll still be waiting when the credits roll—Killer Joe is not that kind of movie.
Rising prices and chronic unemployment were heavy on the minds of voters Tuesday, even as a glimmer of optimism peeked through.
Glimmer of warmth in the political heat.
Glimmer of what's to come.
Greek PM pledges first glimmer of recovery in 2013.
With NFC East foes on tap, schedule gives Redskins a glimmer of hope.
A focused assault and a glimmer of hope put Obama over the top.
Faldon's Five Thoughts: Auburn Provides Slight Glimmer Of Hope.
'A glimmer of hope' over economy plus friendly media puts Obama ahead.
Lilly's Alzheimer's drug offers glimmer of hope in late-stage studies.
Italy's economy contracted less than expected in the third quarter, data showed on Thursday, offering an all too brief glimmer of hope in a recession that shows no sign of ending any time soon.
Greek PM pledges first glimmer of recovery in 2013.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising prices and chronic unemployment were heavy on the minds of voters Tuesday even as a glimmer of optimism peeked through.
Indianapolis Colts fans needed a glimmer of hope.
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In science:

As noted above, there is a glimmer of hope for the lowest velocities and smallest angles, where the swing in the curves around the true distance is not too dramatic.
Uses and limitations of relativistic jet proper motions: lessons from galactic microquasars
It would be reassuring as we do so to have at least a glimmer of a physical process that might have created that ensemble.
CIW Cosmology Symposium: Conference Summary -- Observations
Thus, from now on the community will provide increasingly precise estimates and hopefully one day soon the effort will, without doubt, validate QCD and yield a glimmer of new physics.
Phenomenology using lattice QCD
Then having caught the glimmer of a unifying idea, we cling tightly, but always open to revision and reordering as events warrant. I strongly urge that you seek stimulation in this search from this masterful study of the genesis of general relativity.
Book Review: The Genesis of General Relativity
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