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.

Primary Meanings of flicker

1.
vn
flash intermittently
a momentary flash of light
2.
vn
move back and forth very rapidly
the act of moving back and forth
3.
n
North American woodpecker
Full Definitions of flicker
1

v flash intermittently

Synonyms:
flick
Type of:
blink, flash, twinkle, wink, winkle
gleam or glow intermittently

v shine unsteadily

“The candle flickered
Synonyms:
flick
Type of:
beam, shine
emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light

n a momentary flash of light

Synonyms:
glint, spark
Type of:
flash
a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
2

v move back and forth very rapidly

“the candle flickered
Synonyms:
flitter, flutter, quiver, waver
Type of:
move back and forth
move in one direction and then into the opposite direction

n the act of moving back and forth

Synonyms:
flutter, waver
Type of:
motility, motion, move, movement
a change of position that does not entail a change of location
3

n North American woodpecker

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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