Definition of shimmer verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

shimmer

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈʃɪmə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɪmər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shimmer
BrE BrE//ˈʃɪmə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɪmər//
 
he / she / it shimmers
BrE BrE//ˈʃɪməz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɪmərz//
 
past simple shimmered
BrE BrE//ˈʃɪməd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɪmərd//
 
past participle shimmered
BrE BrE//ˈʃɪməd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɪmərd//
 
-ing form shimmering
BrE BrE//ˈʃɪmərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɪmərɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] to shine with a soft light that seems to move slightly The sea was shimmering in the sunlight. The surface of the road shimmered in the midday heat. Synonymsshinegleam glow sparkle glisten shimmer glitter twinkle glintThese words all mean to produce or reflect light.shine to produce or reflect light, especially brightly:The sun was shining and the sky was blue.gleam to shine with a clear bright or pale light, especially a reflected light:Moonlight gleamed on the water.glow (often of something hot or warm) to produce a dull steady light:The end of his cigarette glowed red.sparkle to shine brightly with small flashes of light:The diamonds sparkled in the light.glisten (of something wet) to shine:The road glistened wet after the rain.shimmer to shine with a soft light that seems to shake slightly:Everything seemed to shimmer in the heat.glitter to shine brightly with small flashes of reflected light:The ceiling of the cathedral glittered with gold.sparkle or glitter?There is very little difference in meaning between these two words. Glitter can sometimes suggest a lack of depth, but this is more frequent in the figurative use of glitter as a noun:the superficial glitter of show business. Sparkle is also often used to talk about light reflected off a surface, but things that produce light can also sparkle:Stars sparkled in the sky.twinkle to shine with a light that changes rapidly from bright to faint to bright again:Stars twinkled in the sky.glint to give small bright flashes of reflected light:The blade of the knife glinted in the darkness.Patterns to shine/​gleam/​sparkle/​glisten/​shimmer/​glitter/​glint on something to shine/​gleam/​glow/​sparkle/​glisten/​shimmer/​glitter/​twinkle/​glint with something to shine/​gleam/​sparkle/​glisten/​shimmer/​glitter/​glint in the sunlight to shine/​gleam/​glisten/​shimmer/​glitter/​glint in the moonlight the stars shine/​sparkle/​glitter/​twinkle somebody’s eyes shine/​gleam/​glow/​sparkle/​glisten/​glitter/​twinkle/​glint to shine/​gleam/​glow/​glitter brightly to shine/​gleam/​glow/​shimmer softly Word Origin late Old English scymrian, of Germanic origin; related to German schimmern, also to shine. The noun dates from the early 19th cent.Extra examples Everything seemed to shimmer in the heat. She was wearing a shimmering white gown. The coral reefs shimmered under the clear water.
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