flickering

adjective flick·er·ing \ ˈfli-k(ə-)riŋ \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of flickering

: moving or shining irregularly or unsteadily
  • a flickering light
  • Everything was lit by dingy fluorescent bulbs, half of which were broken or flickering.
  • —Brian Selznick
; also : uncertain and feeble
  • … he seems to have had only a flickering awareness of what he was doing …
  • —Robert Penn Warren
  • And some of the exclamation marks and the nostalgia for degradation revive flickering thoughts of Celine.
  • —Herbert Gold
  • The doctors said they couldn't stop the support measures needed to sustain so flickering a life without a court order.
  • —Arthur Allen

flickeringly

adverb
    • a flickeringly lit room

First Known Use of flickering

circa 1544



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