Definition of Flicker

1. Noun. A momentary flash of light.

Exact synonyms: Glint, Spark
Generic synonyms: Flash
Derivative terms: Glint, Spark

2. Verb. Move back and forth very rapidly. "The streets flicker with crowds"; "The candle flickered"
Exact synonyms: Flitter, Flutter, Quiver, Waver
Generic synonyms: Move Back And Forth
Derivative terms: Flutter, Fluttering, Waver

3. Noun. North American woodpecker.

4. Verb. Shine unsteadily. "The horizon is flickering with lights"; "The candle flickered"
Exact synonyms: Flick
Generic synonyms: Beam, Shine

5. Noun. The act of moving back and forth.
Exact synonyms: Flutter, Waver
Generic synonyms: Motility, Motion, Move, Movement
Derivative terms: Flutter, Flutter, Waver, Waver, Waver, Waver

6. Verb. Flash intermittently. "The lights flicked on and off"
Exact synonyms: Flick
Generic synonyms: Blink, Flash, Twinkle, Wink, Winkle

Definition of Flicker

1. v. i. To flutter; to flap the wings without flying.

2. n. The act of wavering or of fluttering; fluctuation; sudden and brief increase of brightness; as, the last flicker of the dying flame.

Definition of Flicker

1. Noun. (American English) A certain type of small woodpecker, especially of the genus ''Colaptes'' ¹

2. Noun. An unsteady flash of light. ¹

3. Noun. A short moment. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To burn or shine unsteadily. To burn or shine with a wavering light. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To keep going on and off; to appear and disappear for short moments; to flutter. ¹

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Definition of Flicker

1. to move waveringly [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Flicker

1. 1. The act of wavering or of fluttering; flucuation; sudden and brief increase of brightness; as, the last flicker of the dying flame. 2. The golden-winged woodpecker (Colaptes aurutus); so called from its spring note. Called also yellow-hammer, high-holder, pigeon woodpecker, and yucca. "The cackle of the flicker among the oaks." (Thoureau) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Flicker

flick knife
flick knives
flick movements
flick over
flick through
flicker (current term)
flicker fusion
flicker fusion frequency technique
flicker perimetry

Literary usage of Flicker

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on Light by Robert Alexander Houstoun (1915)
"The importance of the flicker photometer lies in the fact, that if e illuminations have different colours as well as different intensities, ,e cross can be ..."

2. Handbook of Nature-study for Teachers and Parents, Based on the Cornell by Anna Botsford Comstock (1911)
"The first time I ever saw a flicker I said, "What a wonderful meadow- lark and what is it ... The top of the flicker's head and its back are slaty- gray, ..."

3. Library of Southern Literature by Edwin Anderson Alderman, Joel Chandler Harris, Charles William Kent (1909)
"THE flicker O the flicker! He is here— April's hardy pioneer I Soul of young hilarity! He's the bird, the bird for me! ..."

4. The Integrative Action of the Nervous System by Charles Scott Sherrington (1906)
"flicker sensations generated at " corresponding retinal points " ; absence of evidence of their summation or interference either with synchronous or ..."

5. A Handbook of Physics Measurements by Ervin Sidney Ferry, Oscar William Silvey, George William Sherman, David Christie Duncan (1918)
"The flicker Method. — It is a familiar fact that the sensation produced by light persists for a fraction of a second after the light has ceased to be ..."

6. Laboratory Physics: A Students Manual for Colleges and Scientific Schools by Dayton Clarence Miller (1903)
"The Rood-Whitman flicker Photometer When lights differ in color it is difficult, ... Even when the lights differ widely the flicker photometer permits of ..."

7. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1898)
"... to have used a method of observation closely akin to the flicker method, though apparently without perceiving its definite character or possibilities. ..."

8. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1903)
"Observations on ' flicker' in Binocular Vision. ... A practical aim was to measure by the " flicker " method of Photometry any difference of physiological ..."

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