And suddenly, he was a stranger, a man who looked at me blankly from his hospital bed, no flicker of recognition.
Sunday saw a feast of NBA action with the Chicago Bulls toppling the Heat and a flicker of Linsanity down in Houston.
The flicker of candles and flashlights could be seen through some apartment windows.
I was beginning to perspire; for the first time, I felt a flicker of anxiety.
A pivotal moment comes when Amir admits he felt more than a flicker of pride when fanatics attacked the Twin Towers.
The storm made it flicker and flare till it sent dancing shadows over the dark walls of the house.
Finally, a flicker of thought seemed to stir in his frozen mind.
At this time the air was extraordinarily still, the flame of a candle placed near the open door of the house did not flicker.
A flicker of the eyelid and Norton seemed to regain some degree of consciousness.
All was still, but the painted statues seemed to tremble and flicker in that awful heat.
Old English flicorian "to flutter, flap quickly and lightly," originally of birds. Onomatopoeic and suggestive of quick motion. Sense of "shine with a wavering light" is c.1600, but not common till 19c. Related: Flickered; flickering.
1849, "wavering, unsteady light or flame;" 1857 as "a flickering," from flicker (v.).
"woodpecker," 1808, American English, possibly echoic of bird's note, or from white spots on plumage that seem to flicker as it flits from tree to tree.
[1920s+; fr the flickering of early movie images]