- 1(Of light or a source of light) shine unsteadily; vary rapidly in brightness: the interior lights flickered, and came onMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 shadowsMore example sentences
- 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 eyesMore example sentences
- 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 openMore example sentences
- 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.
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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 eyesMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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 eyelidMore example sentences
- 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 faceMore example sentences
- 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.
Old English flicorian, flycerian 'to flutter', probably of Germanic origin and related to Low German flickern and Dutch flikkeren.
- An American woodpecker that often feeds on ants on the ground.
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- Genus Colaptes, family Picidae: several species, in particular the common (or northern) flicker (C. auratus)
- 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.
early 19th century: imitative of its call.