Definition of glimmering in US English:



  • A glimmer.

    ‘the glimmering of an idea’
    • ‘My fear is that although there are glimmerings of the notion of sustainability in this Budget, it is largely about perpetuating the status quo and the unsustainable.’
    • ‘But by about 1956 I could see the glimmerings of the recognition that something was wrong, and then of course I was invited several times to Princeton.’
    • ‘Due to some remarkable combination of intervention of her father and brother, Kelly has landed a record contract and has the first glimmerings of success in her future.’
    • ‘Perhaps the first glimmerings of this were the Hague Peace Conferences in 1899 and 1907 which considered various restraints on war and weapons.’
    • ‘Each section had the glimmerings of a good plot, but they all petered out into nothing very much.’
    • ‘There are other distant glimmerings of hope, too.’
    • ‘Frustratingly unproductive weekend, caused partly by the momentary glimmerings of a social life and partly by my own hopelessness and indolence.’
    • ‘As we enter a dramatically altered world, both internationally and domestically, it is only natural that we look to history for bearings, points of comparison, glimmerings of the familiar.’
    • ‘I had a few glimmerings of energy but nothing compared to one of your concerts.’
    • ‘Opportunities for creative expression should not be reserved for children who ‘earn’ them through obedience or because they display early glimmerings of star potential.’
    • ‘It's common to look for the first glimmerings of a signature style in an artist's early works, but it's remarkable how quickly he got his act together.’
    • ‘Despite glimmerings of a recovery, its economy remains weak.’
    • ‘But I do think that as we move further, you're starting to see glimmerings of this in some experimental film documentaries for example.’
    • ‘This past year, though, has seen glimmerings of a revival in commercial, and particularly entrepreneurial, space.’
    • ‘I think that some animals have some glimmerings of foresight.’
    • ‘We see the first glimmerings of what the great political scientist Robert C. Tucker calls an ‘ethic of specieshood.’’
    • ‘The years following the French Revolution witnessed the glimmerings of a new interest in medieval objects, some of which came to be viewed with nationalist pride.’
    • ‘From the first glimmerings of the idea of human rights in the UN Charter to its actual conception and final parturition in the declaration, it had to face indifference and hostility.’
    • ‘Oddly enough, I felt only the faintest glimmerings of anger.’
    • ‘Some companies are just beginning to see the glimmerings of a brighter picture and it would be wrong to choke off that potential.’
    glimmer, gleam, glint, flash, flicker, twinkle, sparkle
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  • Shining faintly with a wavering light.

    ‘pools of glimmering light’