- A flicker is defined as a tiny movement of light, or an expression of emotion that comes and goes quickly.
- The flame of a candle that is bright and then weaker is an example of the flicker of the candle.
- When an evil person feels kindness just for a second, this is an example of a flicker of kindness.
- The definition of flicker is to burn or shine in an unsteady way, or to flare up and die down, appear briefly or flutter rapidly.
- When the flame of a candle is alternatively bright and then less bright this is an example of when a candle flickers.
- When emotion comes to your face for just a moment but then goes away, this is an example of flicker.
- When a light is running out of electricity but blinks off and on, this is an example of when the light flickers.
- to flap the wings rapidly, as in hovering; flutter: said of a bird
- to move with a quick, light, wavering motion
- to burn or shine unsteadily, as a candle in the wind
Origin of flickerMiddle English flikeren ; from Old English flicorian, akin to flacor, flying, Old Norse flǫkta, to flutter: for Indo-European base see flaw
- an act or instance of flickering
- a dart of flame or light, as in a flickering fire
- a look or feeling that comes and goes quickly: a flicker of fear crossed his face
- any of various visual effects, as a fluctuation in brightness on a video screen or in the clarity of the image being projected on a film screen
Origin of flickerechoic of its cry
verbflick·ered, flick·er·ing, flick·ers
- To move waveringly; flutter: shadows flickering on the wall.
- a. To burn or shine unsteadily or fitfully: The candle flickered before sputtering out.b. To be displayed with fluctuating brightness: A movie flickered on the screen.
- To appear briefly: A smile flickered on her face.
- A brief movement; a tremor.
- An inconstant or wavering light.
- A brief or slight sensation: a flicker of doubt.
Origin of flickerMiddle English flikeren, to flutter, from Old English flicerian.
Origin of flickerPerhaps from flick1.
(third-person singular simple present flickers, present participle flickering, simple past and past participle flickered)
- (US) A certain type of small woodpecker, especially of the genus Colaptes
1808, American English, probably echoic of the bird's call, or from the white spotted plumage which appears to flicker.
- One who flicks.