Moonlight shimmers through the trees.
- The definition of an unsteady light or reflection is an example of a shimmer.
A reflection of sunlight dancing on the water and presenting a weak light is an example of a shimmer.
- To shimmer is to shine softly or with a wavering, unsteady glow.
When moonlight filters down softly through the trees, this is an example of shimmer.
- to shine with an unsteady light; glimmer
- to form a wavering image, as by reflection from waves of water or heat
Origin of shimmerMiddle English schimeren from Old English scymrian, frequentative formation on base of scima, ray, light from Indo-European base an unverified form sk?i- from source shine
intransitive verbshim·mered, shim·mer·ing, shim·mers
- To shine with a subdued flickering light: Fireflies shimmered in the night sky.
- To be reflected as a subdued, flickering light: The moon shimmered on the pond's surface.
Origin of shimmerMiddle English shimeren from Old English scimerian
(third-person singular simple present shimmers, present participle shimmering, simple past and past participle shimmered)
- A faint or veiled and tremulous gleam or shining; a glimmer.
Old English scymrian or Old Norse skimi.