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flick·er 1

 (flĭk′ər)
v. flick·ered, flick·er·ing, flick·ers
v.intr.
1. To move waveringly; flutter: shadows flickering on the wall.
2.
a. To burn or shine unsteadily or fitfully: The candle flickered before sputtering out.
b. To be displayed with fluctuating brightness: A movie flickered on the screen.
3. To appear briefly: A smile flickered on her face.
v.tr.
To cause to move waveringly.
n.
1. A brief movement; a tremor.
2. An inconstant or wavering light.
3. A brief or slight sensation: a flicker of doubt.

[Middle English flikeren, to flutter, from Old English flicerian.]

flick·er 2

 (flĭk′ər)
n.
Any of various large woodpeckers of the genus Colaptes of the Americas, having a long tail and large feet and often foraging on the ground, especially C. auratus, the northern flicker.

[Perhaps from flick.]

flickering

(ˈflɪkərɪŋ)
adj
1. shining with an unsteady light
2. moving swiftly, esp back and forth
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.flickering - shining unsteadilyflickering - shining unsteadily      
unsteady - subject to change or variation; "her unsteady walk"; "his hand was unsteady as he poured the wine"; "an unsteady voice"

flickering

adjective wavering, guttering, twinkling, unsteady flickering candles in the candelabra
Translations

flickering

[ˈflɪkərɪŋ] ADJ [flame, candle] → tembloroso; (before going out) → vacilante; [light] → parpadeante; [needle] → oscilante

flickering

[ˈflɪkərɪŋ] adj (flame, eyelids) → tremolante
References in classic literature ?
It was a rather pretty little picture, for the sisters sat together in the shady nook, with sun and shadow flickering over them, the aromatic wind lifting their hair and cooling their hot cheeks, and all the little wood people going on with their affairs as if these were no strangers but old friends.
Damon, as he caught sight of Tom and Ned in the flickering light of the smudge fire between the two canvas shelters.
Again, after a blank moment, there would be a flickering taper-gleam in his eyeballs.
Overhead was a gray expanse of cloud, slightly stirred, however, by a breeze; so that a gleam of flickering sunshine might now and then be seen at its solitary play along the path.
The waif-pole was thrust upright into the dead whale's spout-hole; and the lantern hanging from its top, cast a troubled flickering glare upon the black, glossy back, and far out upon the midnight waves, which gently chafed the whale's broad flank, like soft surf upon a beach.
The fresh air that had come in through the open door made it easier to breathe, but the rushing sound overhead grew louder, and as I looked upward through the bars of my empty rack I saw a red light flickering on the wall.
The "young un" alluded to heard all these comments with the subdued and doleful air which seemed habitual to her, only scanning, with a keen and furtive glance of her flickering eyes, the ornaments which Jane wore in her ears.
He laid the girl down by her mother, who poured out endearments and caresses from an overflowing heart, and one could detect a flickering faint light of response in the child's eyes, but that was all.
At last he got up cautiously, on his knees, and went searching among the grass and the flickering reflections flung by the camp-fire.
On the other hand, away back in the dim distance, under the flickering light of the north star, behind some craggy hill or snow-covered mountain, stood a doubtful freedom--half frozen--beckoning us to come and share its hospitality.
According as the shifting obscurity and flickering gleam hovered here or glanced there, it was now the bearded physician, Luke, that bent his brow; now St.
Then, a flickering streak played behind the architecture of the front, picking out transparent places, and showing where balustrades, arches, and windows were.