Flicker meaning

flĭk'ər
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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A brief movement; a tremor.
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An inconstant or wavering light.
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A brief or slight sensation.

A flicker of doubt.

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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 cause to move waveringly.
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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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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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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