What is the exact meaning of "struck glimmers" in the following passage?

The moon struck glimmers from the cross and ring of the Apostolic Delegate.

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  • You haven't cited the source, but glimmer could be a "a faint or wavering light.", and strike could mean something like "to strike a match". Oct 25, 2020 at 20:07
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    A light can figuratively strike (produce) reflections as a hammer strikes sparks from a piece of metal. Oct 25, 2020 at 20:17
  • @Michael Harvey Your comment is the basis of an answer. Glimmers are all to do with light, especially flickering, unsteady and unpredictable little flashes.
    – Anton
    Oct 25, 2020 at 21:56

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It means that the physical light rays of the moon "strike" or "hit" the surface of "the cross and ring". By the physical properties of light and the objects, the rays are not absorbed but rather reflected such that the narrator of the passage is at the capacity to see said light rays. This is what is meant by the "glimmers" - the visible phenomenon of reflection.

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