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"Glitter" is a noun which is often translated as "el brillo", and "shimmer" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "relucir". Learn more about the difference between "glitter" and "shimmer" below.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (shine)
a. el brillo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The people gazed in wonder at the glitter of the knights' armor.La gente miraba con asombro el brillo de la armadura de los caballeros.
2. (material)
a. la purpurina
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The dancers' costumes were covered with glitter.Los trajes de los bailarines estaban llenos de purpurina.
b. la brillantina
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We're going to stick stars and glitter on our collages.Le vamos a pegar estrellas y brillantina a nuestros collages.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to shine)
a. brillar
The city lights glittered in the night.Las luces de la ciudad brillaban en la noche.
b. relucir
I could see her eyes glitter in the dark.Podía ver sus ojos relucir en la penumbra.
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shimmer
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to shine)
a. relucir
The waters of the lake shimmered in the moonlight.Las aguas del lago relucían a la luz de la luna.
b. brillar
A shoal of fish shimmered in the water.Un banco de peces brillaba bajo el agua.
c. titilar
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
Joan stood looking at the lights of the city shimmering on the horizon.Joan se quedó mirando las luces de la ciudad que titilaban en el horizonte.
d. rielar
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
The waters of the bay shimmered in the moonlight.Las aguas de la bahía rielaban bajo la luz de la luna.
2. (to be hazy)
a. reverberar
The buildings shimmered in the heat of the desert.Los edificios reverberaban por el calor del desierto.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (shine)
a. el brillo trémulo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The pilot relaxed a little when she finally saw the shimmer of the airport lights in the distance.La piloto se relajó un poco cuando por fin vio el brillo trémulo de las luces del aeropuerto en la distancia.
b. la luz trémula
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We could still make out a shimmer on the horizon even after the sun disappeared.Incluso después de desaparecer el sol, aún veíamos una luz trémula en el horizonte.
c. el brillo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The boy was captivated by the shimmer of his mother's silk dress.El niño estaba cautivado por el brillo del vestido de seda de su madre.
4. (hazy view)
a. la reverberación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We sat in the traffic jam watching the heat shimmer rise off the tarmac.Estábamos detenidos en el atasco, viendo la reverberación del calor que desprendía el asfalto.
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