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flicker

verb uk   /ˈflɪk.ər/ us    //
[I] to shine with a light that is sometimes bright and sometimes weak: I felt a cold draft and the candle started to flicker. [I or T] to appear for a short time or to make a sudden movement: A smile flickered across her face. He'd been in a coma for weeks, when all of a sudden he flickered an eyelid.
flickering
adjective uk   /-ɪŋ/ us  
a flickering candle/fire a flickering hope

flicker

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ˈflɪk.ər/ us    //

flicker noun [C usually singular] (LIGHT)

a situation in which a light is sometimes bright and sometimes weak: the soft flicker of candlelight

flicker noun [C usually singular] (FEELING)

a feeling or expression of an emotion or quality that does not last very long: There was a flicker of hope in his eyes.
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