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  • adv. In a flickering manner
  • adv. Briefly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a flickering manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a flickering manner.


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  • The light of hope kindled by women such as Joan shone only flickeringly in a great darkness, but it was never entirely to go out.

    A Conversation with Donna Woolfolk Cross

  • I imagined hearing it recited in a flickeringly gas-lit auditorium by Sir Henry Irving, the actor who once reduced Bram Stoker to a state of collapse with his rendition of "The Dream of Eugene Aram".

    Poem of the week: Wind by Sydney Dobell

  • His tongue was as flickeringly quick as a snake's, but it did not revolt her.


  • The Sealons' phaser beams had cut through the main power supply to the Security section; by an almost impossible coincidence, the shock waves from the exploding outer skin had so degraded the section's self-contained emergency power unit that seconds passed before the lights in Kinitz's cabin came flickeringly and weakly to life again.

    The Trellisane Confrontation

  • Or unless the past was as uncertain, as flickeringly quantum-variable, as everything else in the universe of physics.

    The Boat of a Million Years

  • She smiled flickeringly (like a flashbulb, on and off almost before you saw it) and turned back to the desk calculator.

    Lucifer's Hammer

  • In the middle of wreck, Kossara could flickeringly wonder if the Eriau name had been given him by his parents, when he was born somewhere in the Roidhunate.

    A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows

  • Havig was flickeringly shocked at how the past several lifespan years had bitten the man.

    There Will Be Time

  • And yet, despite the dahlia-filled vases and the pale sunbeams that the wind blew flickeringly across satin and polished wood, the place had a cold sepulchral air.

    A Guilty Thing Surprised

  • The light from the fire built at the back of the cave, whose smoke went up a cleft and entered the chimney of the cabin far above, illuminated the dark interior flickeringly.

    Judith of the Cumberlands


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