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flick·er

(flik'ĕr),
The visual sensation caused by stimulation of the retina by a series of intermittent light flashes occurring at a certain rate.
See also: flicker fusion, critical flicker fusion frequency.

flicker

A rapid, transient and intermittent photic discharge sensed in a visual field.

flicker

The visual sensation of alternating intervals of brightness caused by rhythmic interruption of light stimuli.

flicker

Perception produced when the retina is stimulated by an intermittent light stimulus which fluctuates between a frequency of a few hertz and the critical fusion frequency.
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She slept continuously, a tiny skeleton flung round with skin in which the flame flickered lower and lower and at last went out.
cried Aylward, as the yellow flame flickered up, "it is indeed young master Ford, and I think that this seneschal is a black villain, who dare not face us in the day but would murther us in our sleep.
When I was bodily weary from shovelling coal the thought of taking a drink had never flickered into my consciousness.
A life of peaceful study was no longer possible, the learning of two hundred years was swept away, the lamp of knowledge lit by the monks grew dim and flickered out.
The door of the little house opened, and a warm glow of firelight flickered out into the dusk.
Three squares flickered from black to white and back, and one square flickered out of phase with the others (white to black), which should draw more attention because it is the 'odd man out'.
CELTIC fans were hit by powercut jitters last night when the entire central Scotland power supply flickered off.
Moreover, they found that the quasar flickered in one image on a time scale of less than 1 hour.