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shim·mer / ˈshimər/ • v. [intr.] shine with a soft tremulous light: the sea shimmered in the sunlight. • n. [in sing.] a light with such qualities: a pale shimmer of moonlight. DERIVATIVES: shim·mer·ing·ly adv. shim·mer·y adj.

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shimmer Late OE. sċymrian, *sċimerian = (M)LG., (M)Du. schēmeren be shaded or shadowy, glimmer, glitter, G. schimmern, iterative (see -ER4) f. Gmc. *skim-, extension of *skī́- SHINE1. Obs. in XVII; revived by Scott XIX.
Hence sb. XIX.

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shimmer(atmospheric boil) The continuously varying distortion of objects seen at low levels caused by variations in surface atmospheric properties, as over strongly heated ground.