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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 ?
The milk he had sucked with his first flickering life, was milk transformed directly from meat, and now, at a month old, when his eyes had been open for but a week, he was beginning himself to eat meat--meat half-digested by the she-wolf and disgorged for the five growing cubs that already made too great demand upon her breast.
Evidently the savages were once more attempting to work up their flickering courage to a point that would permit them to make another invasion of the hut, for now and then came a savage yell, such as the warriors give to bolster up their bravery upon the field of battle.
The leaping savages, the flickering firelight playing upon their painted bodies, circled about the victim at the stake.
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.
But now, in the autumnal twilight, illuminated by the flickering blaze of the wood-fire, they looked at the old chair, and thought that it had never before worn such an interesting aspect.
It was like any other cavern of the mountains, though wonderful for the number of crystal formations on the root and walls--formations that sparkled like a million diamonds in the flickering lights.
She stopped in the doorway, listened for a moment to the flickering of the lamp, the only sound in that deserted room, and then advanced to the table to see if Valentine's glass were empty.
Before he extinguished the single candle he had brought with him for the purpose, and the flickering light of which had cast the first alleviating rays into the impenetrable darkness of the buried chamber, that it had known for the countless ages since it had lain forgotten of man, Tarzan's mind reverted to that first occasion upon which he had entered the treasure vault, coming upon it by chance as he fled from the pits beneath the temple, where he had been hidden by La, the High Priestess of the Sun Worshipers.
I think I shall never hear Elizabeth's voice again, never look into her eyes, never kiss her dear lips--but Elizabeth is still mine, and I am hers, as in that morning when we kissed in that little chancel amid the flickering light, and passed out into the sun and down the lanes, to our little home among the meadow-sweet.
A little because of the sharp pain in his legs, a little because of fright at finding himself alone in the darkness of the field, the Marionette was about to faint, when he saw a tiny Glowworm flickering by.
The only light was the flickering rays of our own lamps, in which the steam from our hard-driven horses rose in a white cloud.
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.