flicker


flicker
I. verb (flickered; flickering) Etymology: Middle English flikeren, from Old English flicorian Date: before 12th century 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
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3. to appear briefly transitive verb 1. to cause to flicker 2. to produce by flickering • flickeringly adverb II. noun Date: 1822 1. a. an act of flickering b. a sudden brief movement c. a momentary quickening <
a flicker of anger
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d. a slight indication ; hint <
a flicker of recognition
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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 • flickery adjective III. noun Etymology: probably imitative of its call Date: 1809 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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