- The definition of a glimmer is a glistening or wavering light, or a small sign or feeling of something positive.
- A light twinkling out and reflecting over the river at night is an example of a glimmer.
- When you have been feeling like understanding math is hopeless but you finally are starting to get the concepts, this is an example of a time when you feel a glimmer of understanding.
- To glimmer is defined as to faintly shine or sparkle.
An example of glimmer is when the lights of the city reflect over the water and sparkle a bit in the rippling waves.
Glimmering paper lanterns.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to give a faint, flickering light
- to appear or be seen faintly or dimly
Origin: Middle English glimeren, to shine, frequentative from base of Old English glæm (see gleam), akin to Dutch glimmeren, German glimmern
- a faint, flickering light
- a faint manifestation or dim perception
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- A dim or intermittent flicker or flash of light.
- A faint manifestation or indication; a trace: a glimmer of understanding.
- To emit a dim, intermittent light: “The ocean glimmered on her left like an iridescent pewter bowl” (Elizabeth Adler). See Synonyms at flash.
- To be reflected in dim, intermittent flashes: “Starlight glimmered on rusty metal” (David Drake).
- To appear faintly or indistinctly: Hope still glimmered in our minds.
Origin: Middle English glimeren, to glitter, glimmer; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.