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glimmer
used in The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

2 meanings, 9 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
a glimmer of hope
Definition
a slight indication of something — such as hope or interest
  • A glimmer of regret flashed through his weariness: this would be a good photo, but he'd left his camera in the hotel safe.
    p. 259.4
glimmer = slight indication
  • Somehow she had come to be here in this tiny purple bathroom, a mother to Phoebe, a companion to a brilliant man with a failing mind, an unlikely but certain friend to this woman Doro March: the two of them strangers a year ago, women who might have passed each other on the street without a second glance or a glimmer of connection, their lives now woven together by the demands of their days and a cautious, sure respect.
    p. 93.5

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2  —5 uses as in:
glimmering lights
Definition
a dim, wavering, or reflected light
  • She turned to see Kay Marshall, dressed in slim pink pants and a cream and pink sweater, gold leather flats, and glimmering gold earrings.
    p. 126.6
glimmering = shining (with a wavering or reflected light)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He was thirty-three years old and new to Lexington, Kentucky, and she had risen out of the crowd like some kind of vision, her blond hair swept back in an elegant chignon, pearls glimmering at her throat and on her ears.
    p. 5.3
  • When he tried to follow her through aisles dense with racks of slips and brassieres and panties, all glimmering softly, a salesclerk in a navy blue dress with a white collar stopped him, smiling, to ask if she could help.
    p. 5.4
  • Bree shifted Paul to one arm and rummaged in her oversized quilted bag, pulling out books, a candy bar, a pile of leaflets about an upcoming demonstration, sunglasses in a worn leather case, and, finally, a bottle of wine, glimmering like garnets as she poured them each a glass.
    p. 76.6
  • Caroline nodded, remembering the woman behind the desk with her white hair in a careful beehive, pearl earrings glimmering.
    p. 104.1

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exact meaning not specified
  • California glimmered in his mind: music there, and an endless beach.
    p. 290.4
  • He held it, warming in his palm, thinking of all mysteries the world contained: layers of stone, concealed beneath the flesh of earth and grass; these dull rocks, with their glimmering hidden hearts.
    p. 122.9

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