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Definitions for glimmer
ˈglɪm ərglim·mer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gleam, gleaming, glimmernoun

    a flash of light (especially reflected light)

  2. inkling, intimation, glimmering, glimmerverb

    a slight suggestion or vague understanding

    "he had no inkling what was about to happen"

  3. gleam, glimmerverb

    shine brightly, like a star or a light


  1. glimmernoun

    A faint light; a dim glow.

    The glimmer of the fireflies was pleasant to watch.

  2. glimmernoun

    A flash of light.

  3. glimmernoun

    A faint or remote possibility.

    A glimmer of hope.

  4. glimmernoun


  5. glimmerverb

    To shine with a faint light.

    The fireflies glimmered in the dark.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Glimmernoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The lesser masses that are lodged in sparry and stony bodies, dispersedly, from their shining and glimmering, were an inducement to the writers of fossils to give those bodies the name of mica and glimmer. John Woodward, on Fossils.

    Stones which are composed of plates, that are generally plain and parallel, and that are flexible and elastick: talc, catsilver, or glimmer, of which there are three sorts, the yellow or golden, the white or silvery, and the black. John Woodward.

  2. To GLIMMERverb

    Etymology: glimmer, Danish, to shine; glimmen, Dutch, to glow.

    The West yet glimmers with some streaks of day. William Shakespeare.

    The truth appears so naked on my side,
    That any purblind eye may find it out.
    —— And on my side it is so well apparel’d,
    So clear, so shining, and so evident,
    That it will glimmer through a blind man’s eye. William Shakespeare.

    Oft in glimmering bowers and glades
    He met her. John Milton.

    See’st thou yon’ dreary plain, forlorn and wild,
    The seat of desolation, void of light,
    Save what the glimmering of these livid flames
    Casts pale and dreadful? John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. i.

    The sacred influence
    Of light appears, and from the walls of heav’n
    Shoots far into the bosom of dim night
    A glimmering dawn. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii.

    Through these sad shades this chaos in my soul,
    Some seeds of light at length began to roll;
    The rising motion of an infant ray
    Shot glimm’ring through the cloud, and promis’d day. Matthew Prior.

    Oft by the winds, extinct the signal lies;
    Or smother’d in the glimm’ring socket dies. John Gay, Trivia.

    When rosy morning glimmer’d o’er the dales,
    He drove to pasture all the lusty males. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    On the way the baggage post-boy, who had been at court, got a glimmering who they were. Henry Wotton.

    The Pagan priesthood was always in the druids; and there was a perceivable glimmering of the Jewish rites in it, though much corrupted. Jonathan Swift.


  1. glimmer

    A glimmer refers to a faint or unsteady light, a shimmering appearance or a slight hint or indication of something. It can also refer to the process of gleaming faintly or the experience of understanding something partially or vaguely.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Glimmerverb

    to give feeble or scattered rays of light; to shine faintly; to show a faint, unsteady light; as, the glimmering dawn; a glimmering lamp

  2. Glimmernoun

    a faint, unsteady light; feeble, scattered rays of light; also, a gleam

  3. Glimmernoun

    mica. See Mica



    In bioinformatics GLIMMER was the first system for finding genes that used the interpolated Markov model formalism. It is effective at finding genes in bacteria, archaea, and viruses, typically finding 98–99% of all protein-coding genes. The GLIMMER software is open source and can be found at the links below. It is maintained by Steven Salzberg, Art Delcher, and their colleagues at the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at Johns Hopkins University. Because of its high accuracy, Glimmer is the system of choice for genome annotation efforts on a wide range of bacteria, archaeal, and viral species. In a large-scale reannotation effort at the DNA Data Bank of Japan. Kosuge et al. examined the gene finding methods used for 183 genomes. They reported that of these projects, Glimmer was the gene finder for 49%, followed by GeneMark with 12%, with other algorithms used in 3% or fewer of the projects. Glimmer was used by the DNA Databank of Japan to re-annotate all bacterial genomes in the International Nucleotide Sequence Databases. It is also being used by this group to annotate viruses. Glimmer is part of the bacterial annotation pipeline at the National Center for Biotechnology Information, which also maintains a web server for Glimmer, as do sites in Germany, Canada, and elsewhere.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Glimmer

    glim′ėr, v.i. to burn or appear faintly.—n. a faint light: feeble rays of light: (min.) mica.—ns. Glimm′er-gowk (Tenn.), an owl; Glimm′ering, a glimmer: an inkling.—adv. Glimm′eringly. [M. E. glimeren; most prob. directly Scand.; Dan. glimre, to glimmer, Sw. prov. glim, a glance.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of glimmer in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of glimmer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of glimmer in a Sentence

  1. Sophia Loren:

    Getting ahead in a difficult profession -- singing, acting, writing, whatever -- requires avid faith in yourself. You must be able to sustain yourself against staggering blows and unfair reversals. When I think back to those first couple of years in Rome, those endless rejections, without a glimmer of encouragement from anyone, all those failed screen tests, and yet I never let my desire slide away from me, my belief in myself and what I felt I could achieve.

  2. Lorne Baring:

    Investors have a glimmer of hope from the fact that in Alexis Tsipras' speech he still refers to a deal being struck, however, in the face of the Greek tragedy and China market turbulence, investors still have plenty to worry about.

  3. Gary Schuler:

    A classic emerald cut like this one allows for a wide expanse of pure material to be viewed without the distraction of a more complex facet arrangement, it's almost like looking at the glimmer of a reflecting pool.

  4. Ghyslain Wattrelos:

    This doesn't give hope, this is a moment I have been fearing, as long as there wasn't any evidence of a crash, of wounded, of dead or whatever, there was a little glimmer of hope for us.

  5. Thomas Campbell:

    Cease, every joy, to glimmer on my mind, But leave---oh leave the light of Hope behind.

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    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
    • A. cosmopolitan
    • B. opaque
    • C. noninvasive
    • D. alternate

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