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1flicker

verb flick·er \ˈfli-kər\

: to burn or glow in an unsteady way : to produce an unsteady light

: to appear or pass briefly or quickly

flick·eredflick·er·ing \-k(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of FLICKER

intransitive verb
1
:  to move irregularly or unsteadily :  flutter
2
:  to burn or shine fitfully or with a fluctuating light <a candle flickering in the window>
3
:  to appear briefly
transitive verb
1
:  to cause to flicker
2
:  to produce by flickering
flick·er·ing·ly \-k(ə-)riŋ-lē\ adverb
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Examples of FLICKER

  1. A TV was flickering in the background.
  2. The overhead light kept flickering off and on.
  3. Thoughts flickered through his mind.
  4. A smile flickered across her face.

Origin of FLICKER

Middle English flikeren, from Old English flicorian
First Known Use: before 12th century

2flicker

noun

Definition of FLICKER

1
a :  an act of flickering
b :  a sudden brief movement
c :  a momentary quickening <a flicker of anger>
d :  a slight indication :  hint
2
a :  a wavering light
b :  a repeated momentary defect in a cathode-ray tube image caused especially by slow scanning of the screen
3
:  movie —often used in plural
flick·ery \ˈfli-k(ə-)rē\ adjective

First Known Use of FLICKER

1822

3flicker

noun

Definition of FLICKER

:  a large barred and spotted North American woodpecker (Colaptes auratus) with a brown back that commonly forages on the ground for ants — compare red-shafted flicker, yellow-shafted flicker

Origin of FLICKER

probably imitative of its call
First Known Use: 1809
FLICKER Defined for Kids

1flicker

verb flick·er \ˈfli-kər\
flick·eredflick·er·ing

Definition of FLICKER for Kids

1
:  to burn unsteadily <a flickering candle>
2
:  to appear briefly <A smile flickered across her face.>
3
:  to move quickly <Roy's eyes flickered to her hand … — Carl Hiaasen, Hoot>

2flicker

noun

Definition of FLICKER for Kids

1
:  a quick small movement <a flicker of the eyelids>
2
:  a quick movement of light

3flicker

noun

Definition of FLICKER for Kids

:  a large North American woodpecker
Medical Dictionary

flicker

noun flick·er \ˈflik-ər\

Medical Definition of FLICKER

:  the wavering or fluttering visual sensation produced by intermittent light when the interval between flashes is not small enough to produce complete fusion of the individual impressions
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