AskDefine | Define flicker

Dictionary Definition



1 a momentary flash of light [syn: spark, glint]
2 North American woodpecker
3 the act of moving back and forth [syn: waver, flutter]


1 move back and forth very rapidly; "the candle flickered" [syn: waver, flitter, flutter, quiver]
2 shine unsteadily; "The candle flickered" [syn: flick]
3 flash intermittently; "The lights flicked on and off" [syn: flick]

User Contributed Dictionary



Etymology 1

(American English) woodpecker


  1. An unsteady flash of light.
  2. A short moment.
an unsteady flash of light
a short moment

Etymology 2



  1. To burn or shine unsteadily. To burn or shine with a wavering light.
  2. To keep going on and off; to appear and disappear for short moments; to flutter.
to burn or shine unsteadily
to keep going on and off

Extensive Definition

Flicker may refer to any of the following:



See also

  • Flick
  • Flickr, a digital photo sharing website and service
flicker in French: Flicker

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