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English definition of “flicker”

flicker

verb     /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.Emitting and casting light [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.Making short, sudden movements flickering     /-ɪŋ/ adjective a flickering candle/fire a flickering hopeThe qualities of lightSmall in number and quantity
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