flicker vs flutter what difference

what is difference between flicker and flutter

English

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈflɪkə/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈflɪkɚ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪkə(ɹ)

Etymology 1

From Middle English flikeren (to flutter), from Old English flicerian, flicorian (to flutter).

Akin to Saterland Frisian flikkerje (to flicker),
West Frisian flikkerje (to flicker), Dutch flikkeren (to flicker, flutter), German Low German flickern (to light up, flash, flicker). Compare Old English flacor (flickering, fluttering), German flackern (to flicker, flutter), Old English flēoġan (to fly).

Noun

flicker (countable and uncountable, plural flickers)

  1. An unsteady flash of light.
  2. A short moment.
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Verb

flicker (third-person singular simple present flickers, present participle flickering, simple past and past participle flickered)

  1. (intransitive) To burn or shine unsteadily, or with a wavering light.
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, The Death of the Old Year
      The shadows flicker to and fro.
    • Long after his cigar burnt bitter, he sat with eyes fixed on the blaze. When the flames at last began to flicker and subside, his lids fluttered, then drooped; but he had lost all reckoning of time when he opened them again to find Miss Erroll in furs and ball-gown kneeling on the hearth and heaping kindling on the coals, [].
  2. (intransitive) To keep going on and off; to appear and disappear for short moments; to flutter.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet, Ch.3:
      There I lay on one side with a thin and rotten plank between the dead man and me, dazed with the blow to my head, and breathing hard; while the glow of torches as they came down the passage reddened and flickered on the roof above.
    • 1908, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
      The ruddy brick floor smiled up at the smoky ceiling; the oaken settles, shiny with long wear, exchanged cheerful glances with each other; plates on the dresser grinned at pots on the shelf, and the merry firelight flickered and played over everything without distinction.
    • 1967, Barry Mason (writer), Tom Jones (performer), Delilah
      I saw the light on the night that I passed by her window
      I saw the flickering shadow of love on her blind
  3. (transitive, intransitive) To flutter or flap.
    • And flickering on her nest made short essays to sing.
    • 1884, Margaret Oliphant, Old Lady Mary
      But the child saw her; was it possible? He turned his head towards her, and flickered his baby hands, and cooed with that indescribable voice that goes to every woman’s heart.
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Etymology 2

1808, American English, probably echoic of the bird’s call, or from the white spotted plumage which appears to flicker.

Noun

flicker (plural flickers)

  1. (US) Any of certain small woodpeckers, especially of the genus Colaptes.
Derived terms
  • northern flicker (Colaptes auratus)
  • yellow-shafted flicker (Colaptes auratus auratus)
  • red-shafted flicker (Colaptes auratus cafer)
  • Caribbean flicker (Colaptes auratus chrysocaulosus)
  • Guatemalan flicker (Colaptes auratus mexicanoides)
  • Campo flicker (Colaptes campestris)
  • Pampas flicker (Colaptes campestris)
  • gilded flicker (Colaptes chrysoides)
  • Fernandina’s flicker (Colaptes fernandinae)
  • Bermuda flicker (Colaptes oceanicus)
  • Chilean flicker (Colaptes pitius)
  • Andean flicker (Colaptes rupicola)
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See also
  • flicker on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Etymology 3

flick +‎ -er

Noun

flicker (plural flickers)

  1. One who flicks.
Derived terms
  • bean flicker

Anagrams

  • fickler, frickle


English

Etymology

From Middle English floteren, from Old English floterian, flotorian (to float about, flutter), from Proto-Germanic *flutrōną, frequentative of Proto-Germanic *flutōną (to float), equivalent to float +‎ -er (frequentative suffix). Cognate with Low German fluttern, fluddern (to flutter), German flittern, Dutch fladderen; also Albanian flutur (butterfly). More at float.

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈflʌtɚ/, [ˈflʌɾɚ]
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈflʌtə/
  • Rhymes: -ʌtə(ɹ)

Verb

flutter (third-person singular simple present flutters, present participle fluttering, simple past and past participle fluttered)

  1. (intransitive) To flap or wave quickly but irregularly.
  2. (intransitive) Of a winged animal: to flap the wings without flying; to fly with a light flapping of the wings.
  3. (intransitive, aerodynamics) To undergo divergent oscillations (potentially to the point of causing structural failure) due to a positive feedback loop between elastic deformation and aerodynamic forces.
  4. (transitive) To cause something to flap.
  5. (transitive) To drive into disorder; to throw into confusion.
  6. (intransitive) To be in a state of agitation or uncertainty.
  7. (intransitive, obsolete) To be frivolous.
  8. (espionage, slang) To subject to a lie detector test.
    • 1978, Edward Jay Epstein, Legend: The Secret World of Lee Harvey Oswald (page 38)
      This was the first time that Nosenko had been subjected to a lie detector — or what the CIA called fluttering. The Soviet Union did not use such devices for interrogation.
    • 2002, Paul Eddy, Flint’s Law (page 90)
      “Anyway, she cracked and we fluttered her and—”
      Fluttered her?”
      “Sorry, gave her a polygraph, a lie detector test. And she passed, more or less, []

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Noun

flutter (countable and uncountable, plural flutters)

  1. The act of fluttering; quick and irregular motion.
    • c. 1838, Richard Monckton Milnes, The Forest
      the chirp and flutter of some single bird
  2. A state of agitation.
    • flutter of spirits
    • 1900, Henry James, The Soft Side The Third Person Chapter 3
      Their visitor was an issue – at least to the imagination, and they arrived finally, under provocation, at intensities of flutter in which they felt themselves so compromised by his hoverings that they could only consider with relief the fact of nobody’s knowing.
  3. An abnormal rapid pulsation of the heart.
  4. (uncountable, aerodynamics) An extremely dangerous divergent oscillation caused by a positive feedback loop between the elastic deformation of an object and the aerodynamic forces acting on it, potentially resulting in structural failure.
  5. (Britain) A small bet or risky investment.
    • 30 July, 2009, Eurosport, Gray Matter: How will Schu do?
      So with his victory odds currently at 14/1 or 3/1 for the podium, he’s still most certainly well worth a flutter []
  6. A hasty game of cards or similar.
  7. (audio, electronics) The rapid variation of signal parameters, such as amplitude, phase, and frequency.
    Coordinate term: wow

Derived terms

  • aflutter
  • flutter in the dovecote
  • flutterby
  • fluttersome
  • fluttery

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