from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To move waveringly; flutter: shadows flickering on the wall.
- intransitive v. To burn unsteadily or fitfully.
- transitive v. To cause to move waveringly.
- n. A brief movement; a tremor.
- n. An inconstant or wavering light.
- n. A brief or slight sensation: a flicker of doubt.
- n. Slang A movie.
- n. Any of various large North American woodpeckers of the genus Colaptes, especially C. auratus, the common flicker, having a brown back, spotted breast, and white rump.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A certain type of small woodpecker, especially of the genus Colaptes
- n. An unsteady flash of light.
- n. A short moment.
- v. To burn or shine unsteadily. To burn or shine with a wavering light.
- v. To keep going on and off; to appear and disappear for short moments; to flutter.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To flutter; to flap the wings without flying.
- intransitive v. To waver unsteadily, like a flame in a current of air, or when about to expire.
- n. The act of wavering or of fluttering; fluctuation; sudden and brief increase of brightness.
- n. The golden-winged woodpecker (Colaptes aurutus); -- so called from its spring note. Called also yellow-hammer, high-holder, pigeon woodpecker, and yucca.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To flutter, as a bird; vibrate the wings rapidly.
- To fluctuate or waver, as the light of a torch in the wind; undergo rapid and irregular changes.
- To scintillate; sparkle.
- To act lovingly; bestow caresses.
- Synonyms Glimmer, Gleam, etc. See glare, intransitive verb
- Wavering; unsteady.
- n. The act of flickering or fluttering; a wavering or fluctuating gleam, as of a candle; a flutter.
- n. The popular name of the golden-winged woodpecker, Colaptes auratus, a very common and handsome woodpecker of the United States, and of other species of the same genus, as the Mexican or red-shafted flicker, C. mexicanus, or the gilded flicker, C. chrysoides.
- n. Specifically, in psychology, an unstable visual perception, occasioned by the intermittence or intensive fluctuation of stimuli.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. North American woodpecker
- v. flash intermittently
- v. move back and forth very rapidly
- n. the act of moving back and forth
- n. a momentary flash of light
- v. shine unsteadily
Middle English flikeren, to flutter, from Old English flicerian.
Perhaps from flick1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1808, American English, probably echoic of the bird's call, or from the white spotted plumage which appears to flicker. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English flikeren ("to flutter"), from Old English flicerian, flicorian ("to flutter"). Akin to Dutch flikkeren ("to flutter"). (Wiktionary)