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

  • n. A light quick blow, jerk, or touch: a flick of the wrist; gave my horse a flick with the reins.
  • n. The sound accompanying this motion.
  • n. A light splash, dash, or daub.
  • transitive v. To touch or hit with a light quick blow: flicked him with his hand. See Synonyms at brush1.
  • transitive v. To cause to move with a light blow; snap: flicked the light switch on.
  • transitive v. To remove with a light quick blow: flicked the lint off the coat.
  • intransitive v. To twitch or flutter.
  • n. Slang A movie.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


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

Short for flicker1.



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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