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flicker Tweet Definition of flicker Like Definition of flicker on Facebook
noun 
  1. An unsteady flash of light.
  2. A short moment.
verb 
  1. (intransitive) To burn or shine unsteadily. To burn or shine with a wavering light.
  2. (intransitive) To keep going on and off; to appear and disappear for short moments; to flutter.
     
floater Tweet Definition of floater Like Definition of floater on Facebook
noun 
  1. Anything that floats.
  2. An employee of a company who does not have fixed tasks to do but fills in wherever needed, usually when someone else is away.
  3. A threadlike speck in the visual field that seems to move, possibly caused by degeneration of the vitreous humour.
  4. An "extra" male at a dinner party, or a young friend of the hostess, whose assignment is to entertain the female guests.
  5. (insurance) A policy covering property at more than one location or which may be in transit.
  6. (police jargon) A floating corpse picked up from a body of water.
  7. (sports) An unaffiliated player.
  8. (surfing) A maneuver in which a surfer transitions above the unbroken face of the wave onto the lip, or on top of the breaking section of the wave.
  9. (vulgar) A piece of faeces that floats.
2004: He left a floater in the toilet. — poetry critical workshop http://poetry.tetto.org/read/11410/
  1. (two-up) A coin which does not spin when thrown in the air.
1998: In this section "floater" means a spin in which at least 1 of the coins does not turn over in the air at least once. — Queensland government Casino Gaming Amendment Rule (No. 2) 1998 http://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/LEGISLTN/SLS/1998/98SL233.pdf
  1. Someone who attaches themselves to a group of people, much to the dismay of that group, and repeatedly shows up to participate in group activities despite attempts to get rid of, or "flush," that person.
     

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