glimmering

[glim-er-ing]
noun
1.
a faint or unsteady light; glimmer.
2.
a faint glimpse or idea; inkling.
adjective
3.
shining faintly or unsteadily; shimmering.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English; see glimmer, -ing1, -ing2

glimmeringly, adverb
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glimmer

[glim-er]
noun
1.
a faint or unsteady light; gleam.
2.
a dim perception; inkling.
verb (used without object)
3.
to shine faintly or unsteadily; twinkle, shimmer, or flicker.
4.
to appear faintly or dimly.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English glimeren to gleam; cognate with German glimmern; compare Old English gleomu splendor


1. See gleam.
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glimmer (ˈɡlɪmə)
 
vb
1.  (of a light, candle, etc) to glow faintly or flickeringly
2.  to be indicated faintly: hope glimmered in his face
 
n
3.  a glow or twinkle of light
4.  a faint indication
 
[C14: compare Middle High German glimmern, Swedish glimra, Danish glimre]
 
'glimmeringly
 
adv

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glimmer
early 14c., frequentative of P.Gmc. *glim-, root of O.E. glæm "brightness" (see gleam). Originally "shine brightly," sense shifted 15c. to "shine faintly."
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Example sentences
Resplendent with glimmering pools, they're yours for the entire day for the price of a single treatment.
Nevertheless, he struggled hopefully on, and seemed to see at last some glimmering of dawn.
Picture the world's oceans, glimmering sapphire under the heat of the sun and
  the protection of the ozone layer.
And o'er the weltering tangle a glimmering light is shed.
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