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FLICKER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does flicker mean? 

FLICKER (noun)
  The noun FLICKER has 3 senses:

1. a momentary flash of light
2. North American woodpecker
3. the act of moving back and forth

  Familiarity information: FLICKER used as a noun is uncommon.


FLICKER (verb)
  The verb FLICKER has 3 senses:

1. move back and forth very rapidly
2. shine unsteadily
3. flash intermittently

  Familiarity information: FLICKER used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FLICKER (noun)


Sense 1flicker [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A momentary flash of light

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

flicker; glint; spark

Hypernyms ("flicker" is a kind of...):

flash (a sudden intense burst of radiant energy)


Sense 2flicker [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

North American woodpecker

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("flicker" is a kind of...):

pecker; peckerwood; woodpecker (bird with strong claws and a stiff tail adapted for climbing and a hard chisel-like bill for boring into wood for insects)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "flicker"):

Colaptes auratus; yellow-shafted flicker; yellowhammer (large flicker of eastern North America with a red neck and yellow undersurface to wings and tail)

Colaptes chrysoides; gilded flicker (southwestern United States bird like the yellow-shafted flicker but lacking the red neck)

Colaptes caper collaris; red-shafted flicker (western United States bird with red undersurface to wings and tail)

Holonyms ("flicker" is a member of...):

Colaptes; genus Colaptes (a genus of Picidae)


Sense 3flicker [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of moving back and forth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

flutter; flicker; waver

Hypernyms ("flicker" is a kind of...):

motility; motion; move; movement (a change of position that does not entail a change of location)


FLICKER (verb)


Sense 1flicker [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move back and forth very rapidly

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

flitter; flicker; flutter; quiver; waver

Context example:

the candle flickered

Hypernyms (to "flicker" is one way to...):

move back and forth (move in one direction and then into the opposite direction)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


Sense 2flicker [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Shine unsteadily

Classified under:

Verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering

Synonyms:

flicker; flick

Context example:

The candle flickered

Hypernyms (to "flicker" is one way to...):

beam; shine (emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Sentence examples:

Lights flicker on the horizon
The horizon is flickering with lights


Sense 3flicker [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Flash intermittently

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

flick; flicker

Context example:

The lights flicked on and off

Hypernyms (to "flicker" is one way to...):

blink; flash; twinkle; wink; winkle (gleam or glow intermittently)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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