flick

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v flick remove with a flick (of the hand)
    • v flick touch or hit with a light, quick blow "flicked him with his hand"
    • v flick cause to make a snapping sound "snap your fingers"
    • v flick throw or toss with a quick motion "flick a piece of paper across the table","jerk his head"
    • v flick twitch or flutter "the paper flicked"
    • v flick cause to move with a flick "he flicked his Bic"
    • v flick look through a book or other written material "He thumbed through the report","She leafed through the volume"
    • v flick flash intermittently "The lights flicked on and off"
    • v flick shine unsteadily "The candle flickered"
    • n flick a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement "they went to a movie every Saturday night","the film was shot on location"
    • n flick a short stroke
    • n flick a light sharp contact (usually with something flexible) "he gave it a flick with his finger","he felt the flick of a whip"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Boiled grape juice was the fluid used as a lubricant for the first contact lenses. Eugene Flick, who invented contact lenses in 1887, chose boiled grape juice over sugar water to lubricate the thick glass lenses that covered the entire eye.
    • n Flick A flitch; as, a flick of bacon.
    • Flick To throw, snap, or toss with a jerk; to flirt; as, to flick a whiplash. "Rude boys were flicking butter pats across chaos."
    • Flick To whip lightly or with a quick jerk; to flap; as, to flick a horse; to flick the dirt from boots.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Penny Marshall was the first woman film director to have a film take in more than $100 million at the box office she accomplished this with the 1988 flick Big.
    • flick To strike lightly with a quick jerk, as with a whip or the finger; flip: as, to flick off a fly from a horse.
    • n flick A light sudden stroke, as with a whip or the finger; a flip.
    • n flick A dialectal form of flitch.
    • flick In cricket: To move the wrist or forearm quickly at the moment of delivering the ball: said of the bowler.
    • flick To rise quickly from the pitch; bump: said of the ball.
    • flick To flutter; flit, as a bird.
    • n flick In cricket, a quick turn of the bowler's wrist or forearm at the moment of delivering the ball.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Flick flik to strike lightly
    • n Flick a flip
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Flicker,

Usage

In literature:

Harris rose and flicked the ash from his cigarette, suppressing the desire to take her in his arms, for he knew that time had not yet come.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts
Gordon went up, carefully arranged the victim's coat, stepped back as if preparing a brutal assault, and then flicked him twice.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
As he saw Gertrude, he halted a moment, amazed, and then advanced, flicking the air with his whip.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 117, July, 1867." by Various
He at once whistled and flicked a fly off his horse's neck.
"The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers" by Mary Cholmondeley
As they walked, their eyes flicked over the canyon, alert for details.
"The Revolt on Venus" by Carey Rockwell
Lur's red tongue flicked.
"The Gifts of Asti" by Andre Alice Norton
Fumbling at the right side of the opening, he found a switch and flicked it.
"Police Operation" by H. Beam Piper
She flicked back a wisp of golden-red hair from her forehead and stood up.
"Code Three" by Rick Raphael
One hand flicked to the churned dust of the ground and snapped up again, sending a cloud of grit into the tribesman's face.
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
Bud flicked on the radio and barked a warning.
"Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung" by Victor Appleton
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In poetry:

The mule from off his ribs a fly
Flicked, and then zigzagged down the road.
Antonio lit his pipe, and I
Behind them somewhat sadly strode.
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin
It’s late; the lights flick on; the failing sun
touches the roofs and windows of the lost.
Shadows reach me waiting here alone
Among the living – it’s I who am the ghost.
"The Ghost of Ribblesdale Place, Preston" by Phoebe Hesketh
I hated it--old Fraulein picked
Her teeth, slowly explaining it.
I had to listen, Fraulein licked
Her fingers several times and flicked
The pages over; in a fit
Of rage I spat at it...
"The Picture Book" by Robert Graves
"An' if there be times when 'tis just about hard
Without his strong arm in the field an' the yard,
Why, I plucks up my heart then an' flicks the old grey,
An' this is the tune that her heels seem to say:"
"Speed The Plough: A Country Song" by Cicely Fox Smith
"When you come to consider the moon," says John at last,
And stops, to feel his footing and take his stand;
"And then there's some will say there's never a hand
That made the world!"
A flick, and the gates are passed.
"Moonset" by Sir Henry Newbolt
I've often wondered 'ow a feller feels
When 'e is due to wave the world good-bye.
They say 'is past life flicks before 'is eye
Like movie reels.
My past life never troubled me a heap.
All that I want to do is go to sleep.
"Spike Wegg" by C J Dennis

In news:

0As a huge fan of loose, tousled waves, it was refreshing to see Cyrus sport a flirty slicked-back pony at the premiere for her flick, The Last Song, in Hollywood on March 25, 2010.
Disaster flick remake manages to stay afloat.
Starting with the best of the worst, this flick is largely dismissible with a few laughs thrown in.
Cougar, Scott Hatteberg will be played by actor Chris Pratt in Brad Pitt's latest flick.
Campy musical take on classic Nicholas Ray flick purely for the cast's family, friends.
Movie critic Andrew Wimer reviews his favorite Netflix Instant flick of the week.
Movie critic (and the guy who compiles our weekly repertory film listings) Michael Gold reviews his favorite Netflix Instant flick of the week.
Battery-operated with remote control - you flick the switch and wathc bro'bot go.
'Safe': Action flick sticks to basics and executes them reasonably well.
BLOOMINGTON — From the flick of a pencil to the click of a camera, Ivy Tech's noncredit courses are drawing in community members.
I should have been thrilled at the idea of a date night with my new husband and even more delighted that he was even suggesting we go to a chick flick (the new Meryl Streep movie).
Low-Budget Horror Flicks: A Hollywood Rite of Passage .
Salt, famously the spy flick rewritten for Angelina Jolie after Tom Cruise dropped out, has been publicized as the cinematic equivalent of the 19th Amendment: finally, a level playing field for female action stars.
Heck, I don't even get a chance to sit down and watch a flick at home.
Half concert flick, half historical documentary, Rejoice and Shout is an unabashed celebration of glorious Gospel music.
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In science:

Refer to the seminal work of Fukunaga and Flick (1984) who presented an optimal global metric for k-NN.
Boosting k-NN for categorization of natural scenes
Fukunaga K, Flick T (1984) An optimal global nearest neighbor metric.
Boosting k-NN for categorization of natural scenes
Harry neared the bottom of the pile of newspapers. [/Harry] [Hedwig] Hedwig made no movement as she began to flick through newspapers, throwing them into the rubbish pile one by one.
CoZo+ - A Content Zoning Engine for textual documents
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