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.
Andrew peered into the grim face of the older man; there was not a flicker of a smile in it.
At this time the air was extraordinarily still, the flame of a candle placed near the open door of the house did not flicker.
She saw the flicker of the match across the street, and knew what it meant.
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.).
[1920s+; fr the flickering of early movie images]