Definitions for: Flicker

[n] the act of moving back and forth
[n] North American woodpecker
[n] a momentary flash of light
[v] move back and forth very rapidly, as of a candle
[v] flash intermittently; "The lights flicked on and off"
[v] shine unsteadily; "The candle flickered"

Webster (1913) Definition: Flick"er (-[~e]r), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Flickered
(-[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Flickering.] [OE. flikeren,
flekeren, to flutter, AS. flicerian, flicorian, cf. D.
flikkeren to sparkle. [root]84. Cf. Flacker.]
1. To flutter; to flap the wings without flying.

And flickering on her nest made short essays to
sing. --Dryden.

2. To waver unsteadily, like a flame in a current of air, or
when about to expire; as, the flickering light.

The shadows flicker to fro. --Tennyson.

Flick"er, n.
1. The act of wavering or of fluttering; flucuation; sudden
and brief increase of brightness; as, the last flicker of
the dying flame.

2. (Zo["o]l.) The golden-winged woodpecker ({Colaptes
aurutus}); -- so called from its spring note. Called also
yellow-hammer, high-holder, pigeon woodpecker, and

The cackle of the flicker among the oaks.

Synonyms: flick, flick, flitter, flutter, flutter, glint, quiver, spark, waver, waver

See Also: beam, blink, Colaptes, Colaptes auratus, Colaptes caper collaris, Colaptes chrysoides, flash, flash, genus Colaptes, gilded flicker, motility, motion, move, move back and forth, movement, pecker, peckerwood, red-shafted flicker, shine, twinkle, wink, winkle, woodpecker, yellowhammer, yellow-shafted flicker

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