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Pronunciation: /ˈflɪkə
 
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verb

[no object]
1(Of light or a source of light) shine unsteadily; vary rapidly in brightness: the interior lights flickered, and came on
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  • There were no bright lights flickering on and off giving you a headache.
  • Without any warning, the lights flickered then turned on brightly.
  • A bright light flickered from the other side of the window and firecrackers popped all over the room.
Synonyms
1.1(Of a flame) burn fitfully, alternately flaring up and dying down: the candle flickered again (as adjective flickering) the flickering flames cast long shadows
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  • Small dying flames flickered on his body, and he did nothing to remove them, as if the flames were merely a mirage.
  • Nick's eyes burned, small flames flickering within his pupils.
  • The flame flickered and then burnt fiercely, casting a warm yellow light over the small study.
1.2(Of an emotion) be felt or shown briefly or faintly: amusement flickered briefly in his eyes
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  • An undefined emotion flickered over his features briefly before they settled back into a blank gaze.
  • Those gathered at the gates of Longannet witnessed the despair of many, and the anger flickering briefly across some faces.
  • Emotions briefly flickered across his blue eyes as they gazed into hers, wide and astonished.
2Make small, quick movements: her eyelids flickered [with complement]: Forster’s eyes flickered open
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  • My eyelids flickered open and revealed Jack on a chair next to my bed.
  • Saka's eyelids flickered, then popped open to reveal cerulean eyes with no pupils that Ayane could see.
  • After several moments, Karae's eyelids flickered and opened a tiny bit.
Synonyms
flutter, quiver, vibrate, tremble, wobble, shiver, shudder, spasm, jerk, twitch, bat, flap, wink, blink, open and shut
technical nictitate, nictate

noun

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1An unsteady movement of a flame or light causing rapid variations in brightness: the flicker of a candle flame caught our eyes
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  • The bright flicker of the candles lit the room and colored their cheeks as they stood before the kingdom's legion of Royal advisors.
  • Abruptly, the strange, unsteady flickers of light coalesced, solidifying as a small spark of flame grew within their depths.
  • They stayed late beside its glow, a flicker of light barely visible to us through the trees.
1.1 [mass noun] Fluctuations in the brightness of a film or television image such as occur when the number of frames per second is too small for persistence of vision.
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  • In these films, even video flicker becomes substance.
  • You get a smoother image with less flicker and scan lines are hardly noticeable.
  • Movies do something similar through lighting, framing and the subliminal flicker of film itself.
2A tiny movement: the flicker of an eyelid
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  • He caught a flicker of movement off to his right and vaguely heard the soft sounds of a small stream.
  • She thought she caught a flicker of movement out of the corner of her eye and turned to peer intently that way.
  • She kept low and watched the wagons disappear, but a flicker of movement caught her eye and she turned her head in time to see a red spider logo on the back of a jacket.
2.1A brief feeling or indication of emotion: a flicker of a smile passed across her face
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  • With an emotionless flicker of a smile, Fiera gave Snug a gentle squeeze.
  • You get small flickers of different emotions playing in our golden playboy's eyes so he's not stone cold after all.
  • With feral satisfaction she saw the brief flicker of wariness in her enemy's stance - and for good reason.

Origin

Old English flicorian, flycerian 'to flutter', probably of Germanic origin and related to Low German flickern and Dutch flikkeren.

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flicker2

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Pronunciation: /ˈflɪkə
 
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noun

An American woodpecker that often feeds on ants on the ground.
  • Genus Colaptes, family Picidae: several species, in particular the common (or northern) flicker (C. auratus)
Example sentences
  • Woodpeckers, flickers, chickadees and nuthatches are among the many species that benefit from it.
  • Unlike most woodpeckers, flickers spend a lot of time on the ground probing for ants.
  • The preserve, wild with birdsong, was thick with robins, flickers, grackles, blackbirds, catbirds, and doves.

Origin

early 19th century: imitative of its call.

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