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as in: a glimmer of hope Define
a slight indication of something -- such as hope or interest
  • I saw a glimmer of understanding in her eye.
  • We can often better help another by fanning a glimmer of goodness than by censuring his faults.
    Edmund Gibson

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  • He cleared his throat and read from the book: " ’It was at moments such as these that Joseph recognized the face of God in human form. It glimmered in their kindness to him, it glowed in their...’ "
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • In the back of his mind something began to glimmer.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • I took Drew’s handoff, saw a glimmer of a hole between Tyler Ashby and our center Dan Driessen, and made my move.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • Mr. Hooper’s smile glimmered faintly.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • "It glimmered in their kindness to him," he repeated, smiling.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
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as in: glimmering lights Define
a dim, wavering, or reflected light
  • The moonlight glimmered on the lake.
  • The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day;
    Shakespeare  --  Macbeth

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  • Down the Strand the lamps were but misty splotches of diffused light which threw a feeble circular glimmer upon the slimy pavement.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  --  Sign of the Four
  • I stood watching their white dresses glimmer smaller and smaller down the sidewalk as they went away.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • He saw the glimmering of a fire upon the old walls...
    Charles Dickens  --  The Old Curiosity Shop
  • At the first faintest glimmering of the dawn, his iron voice was heard from aft — Man the mast-heads.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Tally caught the glimmer of the river through the smoke,
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • In his left hand he held up his glimmering staff, the light of which just showed the ground before his feet;
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Kino and Juana watched it go, winking and glimmering under the setting sun.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • They made their beds on the sand, and as the blaze dropped from the fire the sphere of light grew smaller; the curling branches disappeared and only a faint glimmer showed where the tree trunks were.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men

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  • he returned with the first glimmer of light,
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • It was evening, and the stars were glimmering in the eastern sky
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • The woods were already filled with shadows one June evening, just before eight o’clock, though a bright sunset still glimmered faintly among the trunks of the trees.
    Sarah Jewett  --  A White Heron
  • The candle-buds opened their wide white flowers glimmering under the light that pricked down from the first stars.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • The conch glimmered among the trees, a white blob against the place where the sun would rise.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Ralph held out the glimmering conch and Maurice took it obediently.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • There was a moment’s struggle and the glimmering conch jigged up and down.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • The conch still glimmered by the chief’s seat.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
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  • In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud, It perched for vespers nine; Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white, Glimmered the white Moon-shine.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge  --  The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • Whither, then, is the new-world quest of Goodness and Beauty and Truth gone glimmering?
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk

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  • He was a beat too late: Bright won by a glimmer.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • She held a glimmering chunk of witchlight on a long silver chain, looped through the skinniest fingers Clary had ever seen.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Just in front of her, the reflection of the moon glimmered atop the water like a huge silvery dinner plate.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • He looked at her with his eyes dark in his pale face, the glimmer of the Mark of Cain barely visible on his forehead.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • The lantern’s sides were perforated with pinholes, so at night glimmering constellations drifted across her walls.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • Annabeth felt a glimmer of hope.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • For a moment I think I can make out a glimmer of light on the horizon, but the next it’s gone, just a trick of the eyes.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • The single glimmer of hope was confirmation from Schuyler, on January 18, that the guns from Ticonderoga were on the way.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776

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  • The jaws opened wider and they could see the teeth, glimmering white as the stripes along the head.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • You knew it couldn’t last forever, but you’d stand for hours, hoping for the chance to experience just a glimmer of it once again.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • But our little fetching exercise offered a glimmer of hope.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • The Wall loomed before them, glimmering palely in the light of the half moon.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • Behind the King’s Tower, the Wall glimmered in the light of the moon, immense and mysterious.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • Morning light glimmered faintly against the edge of the steel across his knees.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Shadows loomed around her bed, tall shapes with chainmail glimmering beneath their cloaks.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Gold glimmered yellow in the candlelight and rubies smoldered red.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Lady Melisandre was seated near the fire, her ruby glimmering against the pale skin of her throat.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • The old Valyrian road glimmered ahead of them like a long silver ribbon winding through wood and dale.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • In the distance, moonlight glimmers off the columns and arches of a dizzyingly high amphitheater.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • A glimmer of red catches my eye, and I look across the cavern to where Keenan leans against a bunk watching me, his hair like fire in the torchlight.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • His eyes widen just slightly as he looks closer, and I catch the glimmer of recognition in them.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • I had sensed a glimmering of this in Sophie’s room that Sunday.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • A line of spittle glimmered down his chin like a snail’s trail, and he was flexing and unflexing arm muscles that had not yet gone to seed.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Atop the velvet lay something long and sharp, something that glimmered in the light from the windows.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • She looked up to see Diana catch something out of the air: a glimmer of light that resolved itself into a piece of paper.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • They glimmer in the distance like jewels.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • When I’d recovered a little, I looked up to see another gleam ahead of me—not a reflection of my phone, but a weak glimmer of daylight.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The flames had died in the early morning, leaving a deep bed of sullen coals that glimmered when the wind brushed them.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • There was a cunning glimmer in the man’s eye.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Bracelets of ivory and gold glimmered around her wrists, and her feet were sandaled beneath matching anklets.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • But it was her golden hair that caught the attention of most, hair that still maintained a glimmer of its glory.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Expecting to see the yard-wide ditch we had dug at noon, we were not prepared for the twelve-foot lake which glimmered up at us.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Now he could see the Milky Way, see it as he had never seen it before, a glimmering shroud across the arch of the sky.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • It cast a weak glimmer up into the cavity where I was, but just as I recovered myself enough to stoop for it, the screen went dark.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The Hall itself casts a glimmering shadow over me, and I find myself staring in stupid awe again.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Across the bay, the lights of Oakland glimmered like a thousand unsympathetic eyes.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • By its thin little glimmer the children saw a large bare kitchen with a stone floor.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • He’d seen my family’s small glimmer of hope squashed over and over again by doctor after doctor, had results after bad results.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • A ray of humour, now and then, would make its way through the veil of dim obstruction, and glimmer pleasantly upon our faces.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • I was like the Arabian who had been buried with the dead and found a passage to life, aided only by one glimmering and seemingly ineffectual light.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The gates glimmered in front: still open.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Didst not thou lead him through the glimmering night From Perigenia, whom he ravish’d?
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • You poor koboo whom the meanest of the rest look down upon for all your glimmering language and spirituality!
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • At first they were faintly discernible in the mist, and above them the later stars still glimmered.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Baskerville shuddered as he looked up the long, dark drive to where the house glimmered like a ghost at the farther end.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • "Well!" resumed the Catalan, as he saw the final glimmer of Caderousse’s reason vanishing before the last glass of wine.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I thought they would be lovely glimmering purple stones.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Gossamers glimmered like threads of silver among the trees and the fir boughs and tassels seemed to utter friendly speech.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
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