Definition of “flicker” - English Dictionary

“flicker” in British English

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flickerverb

uk /ˈflɪk.ər/ us /ˈflɪk.ɚ/

[ 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 /ˈflɪk.ər.ɪŋ/ us /ˈflɪk.ɚ.ɪŋ/

a flickering candle/fire
a flickering hope

flickernoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˈflɪk.ər/ us /ˈflɪk.ɚ/

(Definition of “flicker” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“flicker” in American English

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flickerverb [ I ]

us /ˈflɪk·ər/

to burn, shine, or move like a flame in quickly changing forms of light and dark:

Candles flickered on all the tables in the restaurant.
A smile flickered across her face.

flickernoun [ C ]

us /ˈflɪk·ər/

any slight and quick expression:

The planes searched the ground for a flicker of movement among the wreckage.

(Definition of “flicker” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)