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flicker

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verb flick·er \ˈfli-kər\

Definition of flicker

flickered

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flickering

play \ˈfli-k(ə-)riŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move irregularly or unsteadily :  flutter <Shadows flickered on the wall.>

  3. 2 :  to burn or shine fitfully or with a fluctuating light <a candle flickering in the window>

  4. 3 :  to appear or pass briefly or quickly <Thoughts flickered through his mind.> <A smile flickered across her face.>

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to cause to flicker

  7. 2 :  to produce by flickering

flickeringly

play \ˈfli-k(ə-)riŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of flicker in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of flicker

Middle English flikeren, from Old English flicorian


First Known Use: before 12th century


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flicker

noun flick·er

Definition of flicker

  1. 1a :  an act of flickeringb :  a sudden brief movement <the flicker of an eyelash>c :  a momentary quickening <a flicker of anger>d :  a slight indication :  hint <a flicker of recognition>

  2. 2a :  a wavering light <the flicker of a candle>b :  a repeated momentary defect in a cathode-ray tube image caused especially by slow scanning of the screen

  3. 3 dated, informal :  movie —often used in plural

flickery

play \ˈfli-k(ə-)rē\ adjective

1822

First Known Use of flicker

1822


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flicker

noun flick·er

Definition of flicker

  1. :  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 and Etymology of flicker

probably imitative of its call


First Known Use: 1809


FLICKER Defined for English Language Learners

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flicker

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verb flick·er \ˈfli-kər\

Definition of flicker for English Language Learners

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

  • : to appear or pass briefly or quickly


FLICKER Defined for Kids

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flicker

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verb flick·er \ˈfli-kər\

Definition of flicker for Students

flickered

flickering

  1. 1 :  to burn unsteadily <a flickering candle>

  2. 2 :  to appear briefly <A smile flickered across her face.>

  3. 3 :  to move quickly <Roy's eyes flickered to her hand … — Carl Hiaasen, Hoot>


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flicker

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noun flick·er

Definition of flicker for Students

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

  2. 2 :  a quick movement of light


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flicker

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noun flick·er

Definition of flicker for Students

  1. :  a large North American woodpecker


Medical Dictionary

flicker

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noun flick·er \ˈflik-ər\

Medical Definition of flicker

  1. :  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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