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Definition of "shimmer" [shim•mer]

  • To shine with a subdued flickering light. See Synonyms at flash. (verb-intransitive)
  • To appear as a wavering or flickering image, as in a reflection on water or through heat waves in air. (verb-intransitive)
  • A flickering or tremulous light; a glimmer. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "shimmer" in a sentence
  • "This dreamy shimmer is a tension that both sustains the poem’s idealism and exposes the ideological bind of proffering poetry as the thing to be ‘done’ in political crisis"
  • "As tiny, pretty mega-talent Cher Lloyd stepped on to the X Factor stage last month in shimmer foundation, squashed-spider eyelashes and over-pruned brows, only for Louis Walsh to trill, You're 16?"
  • "They call it a "shimmer" - a glint, a glitter, a glisten."