verb (used without object)
to shine with or reflect a subdued, tremulous light; gleam faintly.
to appear to quiver or vibrate in faint light or while reflecting heat waves.
a subdued, tremulous light or gleam.
a quivering or vibrating motion or image as produced by reflecting faint light or heat waves.

before 1100; Middle English schimeren, s(c)hemeren, Old English scimrian; cognate with Dutch schemeren, German schimmern to glisten

shimmeringly, adverb
unshimmering, adjective
unshimmeringly, adverb

1. glimmer. See glisten. Unabridged
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shimmer (ˈʃɪmə)
1.  (intr) to shine with a glistening or tremulous light
2.  a faint, glistening, or tremulous light
[Old English scimerian; related to Middle Low German schēmeren to grow dark, Old Norse skimi brightness]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. scimerian "to glitter," related to (perhaps a frequentative of) scimian "to shine," also "grow dark," and scinan (see shine). Ultimately from P.Gmc. *skim- (cf. Swed. skimra, Du. schemeren "to glitter," Ger. schimmern), from PIE base *skai- "to gleam, to shine." The noun
is attested from 1821, from the verb.
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Example sentences
Distinctiveness is key for the many colleges that lack the shimmer of national
  prestige, not to mention a football team.
Slowly the dawn began, and again she seemed to see the shimmer of a face-such a
  face as one sees in the coals of a dying fire.
And there actually were mothers in those jars-the barest shimmer on the surface.
The pearly outer sheathing is translucent, obscuring the glowing interior and
  giving it a muffled shimmer.
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