flicker

To flicker is to flash on and off at random. If your computer screen is flickering right now, you are probably having trouble reading this.

Something that is flickering is flashing on and off in an unpredictable way. A fluorescent light may flicker for a while before it stops working. A flicker is also a quick flash or burst of light, like a glint or a spark. Similarly, flicker can refer to a sudden and short-lived feeling. A child opening a present might have a flicker of excitement before realizing that the box contains only tube socks and underwear.

Definitions of flicker
  1. verb
    flash intermittently
    synonyms: flick
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    type of:
    blink, flash, twinkle, wink, winkle
    gleam or glow intermittently
  2. verb
    shine unsteadily
    “The candle flickered
    synonyms: flick
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    type of:
    beam, shine
    emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light
  3. noun
    a momentary flash of light
    synonyms: glint, spark
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    type of:
    flash
    a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
  4. verb
    move back and forth very rapidly
    “the candle flickered
    synonyms: flitter, flutter, quiver, waver
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    type of:
    move back and forth
    move in one direction and then into the opposite direction
  5. noun
    the act of moving back and forth
    synonyms: flutter, waver
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    type of:
    motility, motion, move, movement
    a change of position that does not entail a change of location
  6. noun
    North American woodpecker
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    types:
    Colaptes auratus, yellow-shafted flicker, yellowhammer
    large flicker of eastern North America with a red neck and yellow undersurface to wings and tail
    Colaptes chrysoides, gilded flicker
    southwestern United States bird like the yellow-shafted flicker but lacking the red neck
    Colaptes caper collaris, red-shafted flicker
    western United States bird with red undersurface to wings and tail
    type of:
    pecker, peckerwood, woodpecker
    bird with strong claws and a stiff tail adapted for climbing and a hard chisel-like bill for boring into wood for insects
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