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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GLIMMER

He looked from the window, and saw in the east the first glimmer of a lovely spring-day.

But there he stopped, for he began to have a glimmer of where she was leading him.

There was no light in the kitchen, and only a glimmer in the chamber above.

As he had anticipated, the hunt had begun at the first glimmer of light.

Then he looked up at her with a glimmer of anxiety in his eyes.

I can see some glimmer, as from a window with the blind drawn.'

I was rejoiced to see him there, but did not betray a glimmer of interest.

There was scarcely one glimmer of light in the street as the Major walked along it.

At the end of the walk was an arbour, in which I could see the glimmer of something white.

In five minutes more, he saw the glimmer of a light through the snow.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "shine brightly," a frequentative from Proto-Germanic *glim-, root of Old English glæm "brightness" (see gleam (n.)). Sense shifted 15c. to "shine faintly." Cf. Dutch glimmeren, German glimmeren "to shine dimly." Related: Glimmered; glimmering.

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