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shimmer (verb) shine with a soft light that appears to move slightly.
When something shimmers it shines with soft light appearing to move gently a little. When you say that the water is shimmering in the moonlight, you mean that the water is shining softly and appears to move a little. Sunlight shimmers over a thing, if it falls gently on a thing. It may appear to move a little.
- In the stillness of the night moonlight shimmered on the lake. The light was very soft, and appeared to move a little.
- The sea was shimmering in the morning rays of the sun. The warm rays of the sun shone softly on the waters of the sea and appeared to shake slightly.