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glimmer


noun

  1. a faint or unsteady light; gleam.
  2. a dim perception; inkling.

verb (used without object)

  1. to shine faintly or unsteadily; twinkle, shimmer, or flicker.
  2. to appear faintly or dimly.

verb (intr)

  1. (of a light, candle, etc) to glow faintly or flickeringly
  2. to be indicated faintlyhope glimmered in his face

noun

  1. a glow or twinkle of light
  2. a faint indication
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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