A glimmer of understanding.
An example of glimmer is when the lights of the city reflect over the water and sparkle a bit in the rippling waves.
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.
Hope still glimmered in our minds.
Other Word Forms
Origin of glimmer
- Middle English glimeren to glitter, glimmer ghel-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition