1. A dim or intermittent flicker or flash of light.
2. A faint manifestation or indication; a trace: a glimmer of understanding.
intr.v. glim·mered, glim·mer·ing, glim·mers
1. To emit a dim, intermittent light: "The ocean glimmered on her left like an iridescent pewter bowl" (Elizabeth Adler). See Synonyms at flash.
2. To be reflected in dim, intermittent flashes: "Starlight glimmered on rusty metal" (David Drake).
3. To appear faintly or indistinctly: Hope still glimmered in our minds.
[Middle English glimeren, to glitter, glimmer; see ghel-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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