glimmering

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n glimmering a slight suggestion or vague understanding "he had no inkling what was about to happen"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Glimmering A faint view or idea; a glimpse; an inkling.
    • Glimmering Faint, unsteady light; a glimmer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n glimmering A feeble, unsteady light; a glimmer; a faint glow or gleam: as, a slight glimmering of sense.
    • n glimmering A dim or vague view or notion; an inkling; a glimpse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Glimmering a glimmer: an inkling
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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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. glimeren; most prob. directly Scand.; Dan. glimre, to glimmer, Sw. prov. glim, a glance.

Usage

In literature:

His bewildered eyes glimmered, staring at us in the deepening dusk.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The light glimmered on his white eye-balls.
"The House by the Church-Yard" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
She stood still, staring at the cold glimmers on the windows.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Nothing but a faint glimmer now remained of the beacon-light.
"Foes in Ambush" by Charles King
Something glimmering in the dusk caught his eye.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
Gentle words and wishes became the rule; a glimmer of reverence and a thought of piety were not unknown in that little chamber.
"Tales of the Chesapeake" by George Alfred Townsend
I saw the glimmer of your fire and came.
"Patriotic Plays and Pageants for Young People" by Constance D'Arcy Mackay
Dark little lights glimmered in hers; his narrowed.
"The Danger Mark" by Robert W. Chambers
The dying fire glimmered like a blotch of blood under the trees.
"Pathfinders of the West" by A. C. Laut
It was a large mansion, and we could see lights glimmering in the ground-floor; but it was gaily lit up aloft.
"Great Sea Stories" by Various
His glittering helm Euryalus betrayed, That flashed the moonbeams back, and pierced the glimmering shade.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
This I discovered by the glimmer of a street-lamp.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
But "when ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise," the old saying runs; and Nick was happy in not having a glimmer of the truth.
"The Chums of Scranton High" by Donald Ferguson
Colwyn was astir with the first glimmering of a grey dawn.
"The Shrieking Pit" by Arthur J. Rees
The Professor was not in sight, nor did they see any glimmer of his light.
"The Wonder Island Boys: The Mysteries of the Caverns" by Roger Thompson Finlay
A glimmering light, here and there, throws curious shadows over the liquid streets.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
Lights were glimmering through every window, and the savor of roast goose reached her from several houses.
"Favorite Fairy Tales" by Logan Marshall
It was past mid afternoon, and the slanting sun was glimmering in the tops of the gigantic forest-trees seen from the open door.
"In The Boyhood of Lincoln" by Hezekiah Butterworth
A glimmer of lights indicated that a house stood at the end of the drive.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
Then she was aware of a white face glimmering out of the darkness.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
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In poetry:

The rain that hangs a star's green ray
Slim on a leaf-point's restlessness,
Is not so glimmering green and gray
As was her dress.
"The Vampire" by Madison Julius Cawein
Gold and gleaming the empty streets,
gold and gleaming the misty lake,
The mirrored lights like sunken swords,
Glimmer and shake.
"Spring Night" by Sara Teasdale
I think of thee, when golden sunbeams shimmer
Across the sea;
And when the waves reflect the moon's pale glimmer,
I think of thee.
"Love's Nearness" by Henry Van Dyke
Water-bugs play shimmer-shimmer,
Naked body's just a glimmer,
Watch ticks every second grimmer:
Come to the top, O wicked swimmer!
"The Swimmer" by John Crowe Ransom
The children knew each inch of ground,
Yet Ellen had her fears;
Light from the lantern glimmer'd round,
And show'd her falling tears.
"The Drunken Father" by Robert Bloomfield
Now the struggling moonbeams glimmer;
Now the shadows deeper fall,
Till the dim light, waxing dimmer,
Scarce reveals yon stately hall.
"Gloomily the Clouds" by Anne Bronte

In news:

The first Gulf War was only a glimmer in his eye.
Thousands of musicians are vying at any given time for a glimmer of success.
Glimmers of artistic genius in a gallery of lovely dining rooms set in a shopping mall in the western suburbs.
Allentown couple's home glimmers and shimmers with almost 200 Christmas trees.
A brief glimmer of hope of a deal was quickly dashed in hockey league-union exchange.
Despite a glimmer of hope in March, state revenues have been in a tailspin the past two years, and that has required significant budget cut s from the General Assembly.
Despite all the negativity that surrounds bullying there is a glimmer of hope.
Watch as the setting sun, glimmering off the skyscrapers, fades, and the lights of the city flicker on.
If you're looking for a glimmer of hope, take a glance at the Mavericks' early-season schedule.
But there are glimmers of progress in the war against pain.
Dems find glimmers of hope.
Desserts offer another glimmer of Blue Pear 's real personality and potential.
With new blood at table, NHL talks produce a glimmer of optimism.
Foreclosure data released Thursday offer a glimmer of hope for the US housing market.
Apparently the Glimmer Twins are writing side-by-side again, and the band seems tighter than ever — which may be due in part to Charlie Watts' recent throat-cancer scare.
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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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