Flicker definition

flĭkər
A brief or slight sensation.

A flicker of doubt.

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To be displayed with fluctuating brightness.

A movie flickered on the screen.

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To cause to move waveringly.
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A brief movement; a tremor.
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An inconstant or wavering light.
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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.

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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.

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To move waveringly; flutter.

Shadows flickering on the wall.

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To appear briefly.

A smile flickered on her face.

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To burn or shine unsteadily or fitfully.

The candle flickered before sputtering out.

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Any of various large woodpeckers of the genus Colaptes of the Americas, having a long tail and large feet and often foraging on the ground, especially C. auratus, the northern flicker.
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To flap the wings rapidly, as in hovering; flutter.
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To move with a quick, light, wavering motion.
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To burn or shine unsteadily, as a candle in the wind.
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To cause to flicker or waver.
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An act or instance of flickering.
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A dart of flame or light, as in a flickering fire.
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A look or feeling that comes and goes quickly.

A flicker of fear crossed his face.

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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.
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Any of several North American woodpeckers (genus Colaptes); esp., the yellow-shafted flicker.
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An irregular sequence of frames in a movie or video image. The first flicker effect came from movie projectors that were out of synchronization with the film frames. See judder, interlace and flicker fusion rate.
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An unsteady flash of light.
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A short moment.
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(intransitive) To burn or shine unsteadily. To burn or shine with a wavering light.
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(intransitive) To keep going on and off; to appear and disappear for short moments; to flutter.
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To flutter; to flap the wings without flying.
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(US) A certain type of small woodpecker, especially of the genus Colaptes.
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One who flicks.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
flicker
Plural:
flickers

Origin of flicker

  • Middle English flikeren to flutter from Old English flicerian

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps from flick

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English flikeren (“to flutter”), from Old English flicerian, flicorian (“to flutter”). Akin to Dutch flikkeren (“to flutter”).

    From Wiktionary

  • 1808, American English, probably echoic of the bird's call, or from the white spotted plumage which appears to flicker.

    From Wiktionary

  • flick +‎ -er

    From Wiktionary