For these boys, the man leans in and shines a flickering red light in their faces.
Dusty paths lined with flickering orange lanterns led us to our final camp, a slice of dramatic Arabian luxury.
And I said, ‘Why would I talk to people sitting in front of flickering green screens?’
Scattered on the sidewalk, just beneath the flickering bulbs, were a handful of honeybees.
flickering light bulbs—where there are light bulbs—cast a depressing glow over the cracked plaster walls.
The hands gesticulated and pointed, flickering rapidly hither and thither without sound.
Through one of the tiny windows there peeped a flickering light.
The inequality of the rays falling upon the trees outside told that the light had its origin in a flickering fire only.
Two candles were burning and flickering in the golden daylight.
Torches blazed at intervals, casting a flickering glow on the excited faces of the crowd.
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.