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glimmering

[glim-er-ing] /ˈglɪm ər ɪŋ/
noun
1.
a faint or unsteady light; glimmer.
2.
a faint glimpse or idea; inkling.
adjective
3.
shining faintly or unsteadily; shimmering.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see glimmer, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
glimmeringly, adverb

glimmer

[glim-er] /ˈglɪm ər/
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
Synonyms
1. See gleam.
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British Dictionary definitions for glimmering

glimmer

/ˈɡlɪmə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(of a light, candle, etc) to glow faintly or flickeringly
2.
to be indicated faintly: hope glimmered in his face
noun
3.
a glow or twinkle of light
4.
a faint indication
Derived Forms
glimmeringly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: compare Middle High German glimmern, Swedish glimra, Danish glimre
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Word Origin and History for glimmering

glimmer

v.

early 14c., "shine brightly," a frequentative from Proto-Germanic *glim-, root of Old English glæm "brightness" (see gleam (n.)). Sense shifted 15c. to "shine faintly." Cf. Dutch glimmeren, German glimmeren "to shine dimly." Related: Glimmered; glimmering.

n.

1580s, from glimmer (v.).

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