from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A movie.
  • noun A light quick blow, jerk, or touch.
  • noun The sound accompanying this motion.
  • noun A light splash, dash, or daub.
  • intransitive verb To touch or hit with a light quick blow or fillip.
  • intransitive verb To cause to move with a sudden movement or jerk.
  • intransitive verb To propel or remove with a sudden movement, fillip, or light blow.
  • intransitive verb To move in sudden or jerky manner.
  • intransitive verb To look through the parts of something by making quick movements with the fingers.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In cricket: To move the wrist or forearm quickly at the moment of delivering the ball: said of the bowler.
  • To rise quickly from the pitch; bump: said of the ball.
  • To flutter; flit, as a bird.
  • noun A light sudden stroke, as with a whip or the finger; a flip.
  • noun In cricket, a quick turn of the bowler's wrist or forearm at the moment of delivering the ball.
  • To strike lightly with a quick jerk, as with a whip or the finger; flip: as, to flick off a fly from a horse.
  • noun A dialectal form of flitch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A flitch.
  • transitive verb To whip lightly or with a quick jerk; to flap
  • transitive verb To throw, snap, or toss with a jerk; to flirt.
  • noun A light quick stroke or blow, esp. with something pliant; a flirt; also, the sound made by such a blow.
  • noun colloq. A motion picture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A short, quick movement, especially a brush, sweep, or flip.
  • noun informal A motion picture; (in plural, usually preceded by "the") movie theater, cinema.
  • noun fencing A cut that lands with the point, often involving a whip of the foible of the blade to strike at a concealed target.
  • noun tennis A powerful underarm volley shot.
  • noun The act of pressing a place on a touch screen device.
  • noun A flitch.
  • verb To move or hit (something) with a short, quick motion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb shine unsteadily
  • verb flash intermittently
  • noun a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement
  • verb cause to move with a flick
  • verb remove with a flick (of the hand)
  • noun a short stroke
  • verb twitch or flutter
  • verb throw or toss with a quick motion
  • noun a light sharp contact (usually with something flexible)
  • verb look through a book or other written material
  • verb cause to make a snapping sound
  • verb touch or hit with a light, quick blow


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Short for flicker.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition



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  • flick, n.

    TechCrunch, 22 January 2018:

    I was all set to dislike the “flick,” a time unit just recently invented by Facebook (technically the Oculus team), because I thought it was going to be something worthless like “the average time someone looks at a post.” In fact it’s a very clever way of dividing time that theoretically could make video and audio production much more harmonious. So what is a flick? A flick is one seven hundred and five million six hundred thousandth of a second — 1/705,600,000 if you prefer the digits, or 1.417233560090703e-9 if you prefer decimals.

    August 3, 2018