One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the gas lamp flickered in the wind’
glimmer, glint, gleam, flare, shine, dance, gutter
twinkle, sparkle, blink, wink, flash, scintillate, glisten, shimmer, glitter
rare coruscate, fulgurate, effulge
2‘his eyelids flickered in his sleep’
flutter, quiver, vibrate, tremble, wobble, shiver, shudder, spasm, jerk, twitch, bat, flap, wink, blink, open and shut
technical nictitate, nictate
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