shimmer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shimmer give off a shimmering reflection, as of silk
    • v shimmer shine with a weak or fitful light "Beech leaves shimmered in the moonlight"
    • n shimmer a weak and tremulous light "the shimmer of colors on iridescent feathers","the play of light on the water"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Shimmer A faint, tremulous light; a gleaming; a glimmer. "TWo silver lamps, fed with perfumed oil, diffused . . . a trembling twilight-seeming shimmer through the quiet apartment."
    • v. i Shimmer To shine with a tremulous or intermittent light; to shine faintly; to gleam; to glisten; to glimmer. "The shimmering glimpses of a stream."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • shimmer To shine with a veiled, tremulous light; gleam faintly.
    • n shimmer A faint or veiled and tremulous gleam or shining.
    • n shimmer A workman in cabinet-work or other fine woodwork who fills up cracks or makes parts fit by the insertion of shims or thin pieces.
    • shimmer In mech., to correct an inequality by inserting a thin slip or shim.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Shimmer shim′ėr to gleam tremulously, to glisten
    • ns Shimmer a tremulous gleam
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. schimeren, AS. scimerian,; akin to scīmian, scīman, to glitter, D. schemeren, G. schimmern, Dan. skimre, Sw. skimra, AS. scīma, a light, brightness, Icel. skīma, Goth. skeima, a torch, a lantern, and E. shine,. √157. See Shine (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. scimrianscíman, to shine; Ger. schimmern.

Usage

In literature:

Marguerite had no shimmer of romance.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
Before us the Mediterranean lay without a ripple and shimmering in the moonlight.
"Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories" by Edited by Julian Hawthorne
He walked outward with steady steps, and bent his course southward in the shimmering track of the moon's light.
"The Thirsty Sword" by Robert Leighton
During the night, when the moon is at the full, you awaken and look up into a glory of shimmering light.
"The Lake of the Sky" by George Wharton James
Beyond that, very dimly, he realized the brown shimmer rising from the plain.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
Saidie rose and looked through the shimmering lines of the chick at him as he entered.
"Six Women" by Victoria Cross
A naked creek-bed showed white and shimmering at the bottom of the slope.
"Partners of Chance" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
London; old London young again; grimy, repulsive London now bright, shimmering, beautiful!
"Half A Chance" by Frederic S. Isham
The quiet, flowering world shimmered rainbow-like.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
What a world of light and shimmer!
"David Lockwin--The People's Idol" by John McGovern
How it shimmered through the mirage of my regrets.
"Balloons" by Elizabeth Bibesco
The frail November sunshine streamed into the room and put a shimmer of gold on the soft brown of her hair.
"Macleod of Dare" by William Black
Below the windows a green hill fell sheerly away to the bank of a lordly river, and beyond rose other hills that shimmered in the haze.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
Her eyes took in her beaded skirt and moccasins and replaced them with glowing silks and shimmering laces.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
Hartmut's eyes rested on the distant shimmer, but he heeded not its light; all was dark and gloomy within him this night.
"The Northern Light" by E. Werner
He looked at the skipper with that calm, far-away shimmer in his eyes, combing his thin whiskers with his fingers.
"The Harbor Master" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
He had lost his cap, and his head shimmered bald at her feet beneath wisps of hair.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
An instant later the sun is out again and the land lies swimming in the shimmer of heat waves.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
Velvety green ... shimmeringly alive.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
Outside, the afternoon sun shimmered weakly in a dark sky.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
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In poetry:

Lovely in dye and fan,
A-tremble in shimmering grace,
A moth from her winter swoon
Uplifts her face:
"The Moth" by Walter de la Mare
Grove and meadow gliding past
Vanished at a glimmer:
Peaceful towns were gone as fast,
Like to dreams that shimmer.
"The Postilion" by Nikolaus Lenau
A cool wind took me by the hand
And led me on beguilingly,
Until before me, broad and bland,
Shimmered the lilac sea.
"The Lilac Sea" by Clinton Scollard
The busy beck, that still would run
And fall, and falter its refrain;
And pause and shimmer in the sun,
And fall again.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
What is that shimmering line of white
Gliding under the stark midnight--
Gliding--gliding--gliding--gliding--
Where the river gleams when the moon is bright?
"The Spectral Rowers" by Clinton Scollard
They come as the stars come out in the sky,
That shimmer wherever the shadows may sweep,
And their steps are as soft as the sound of a sigh
And I welcome them all while I wearily weep.
"Memories" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

The centuries-old right of way between Philadelphia and Washington is marked by shimmering waterways and industrial sprawl, well-kept suburbs and urban blight.
How to present, in language, the shimmering, ever-shifting life of a place.
Whether you're into creams or shimmers, OPI has you covered.
These days it's everywhere—sparkling, shimmering, or just plain catching your eye.
Sequim will shimmer in the sunlight even more than usual in September.
After her husband died, she planted the shimmering fable of Camelot.
The country crooner wore a dark, smoky eye, which was accented with a light shimmer.
You can still win Estee Lauder shimmer powder.
(For ethnic skin, she would choose a bronze shimmer .
Luster Products Inc has rolled out Smooth Touch Ready Set Glam Spritz & Shimmer 2-N-1, a hair spritz designed to provide firm hold with a built-in shining agent.
She sparkles and shimmers when the sun goes down.
The expansion, housed in a shimmering, undulating building, is meant to foster fuller cultural understanding while showcasing beautiful works.
There, he and the white Southwestern light write songs together, and while the preferred weasel word for his kind of guitar-playing is "shimmering," with Rendon it's simply blinding.
She was beloved by fans across the world who were touched by her shimmering, powerful voice.
It was all a shimmering mirage.
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In science:

Red blood cells suspended in solution exhibit a remarkable flicker phenomenon, which is best seen with a phase contrast microscope and appears as a shimmering at the junction of the rim and the center of the cells.
Amphiphilic Membranes
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