glimmer

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English glimeren, glemeren (to glimmer), equivalent to glim (to shine) +‎ -er (frequentative suffix). Cognate with German Low German glimmern (to glimmer), German glimmern (to glimmer), Danish glimre (to glimmer), Swedish glimra (to glimmer).

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Noun[edit]

glimmer (plural glimmers)

  1. A faint light; a dim glow.
    The glimmer of the fireflies was pleasant to watch.
  2. A flash of light.
  3. A faint or remote possibility.
    A glimmer of hope.
  4. (dated) mica

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Verb[edit]

glimmer (third-person singular simple present glimmers, present participle glimmering, simple past and past participle glimmered)

  1. (intransitive) To shine with a faint, unsteady light.
    The fireflies glimmered in the dark.
    the glimmering dawn; a glimmering lamp
    • Shakespeare
      The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day.

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

Derived from glimre (glitter, glisten, sparkle). Sense 2 is from German Glimmer. Has also undergone influence from English.

Noun[edit]

glimmer m (definite singular glimmeren, uncountable)

  1. (literary and formal) magnificence, glitter, tinsel, something that shines
    Rikdommens glimmer
    The tinsel of wealth
  2. mica
    Glimmer er et mineral som lett spaltes i tynne flak.
    Mica is a mineral that easily separates into thin leaves.

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Derived terms[edit]

  • Lys glimmer = white mica (literally: "bright mica")

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

Derived from glimre (glitter, glisten, sparkle), with influence from English. The definition is from German Glimmer.

Noun[edit]

glimmer m (definite singular glimmeren, uncountable)

  1. mica
    Glimmer er eit mineral som lett spaltast i tynne flak.
    Mica is a mineral that easily separates into thin leaves.

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Derived terms[edit]

  • Lys glimmer = white mica (literally: "bright mica")

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