flapping flapping  /f ˈlæ pɪŋ/


  1. (n) any broad thin and limber covering attached at one edge; hangs loose or projects freely
  2. (n) an excited state of agitation
  3. (n) the motion made by flapping up and down
  4. (n) a movable piece of tissue partly connected to the body
  5. (n) a movable airfoil that is part of an aircraft wing; used to increase lift or drag
  6. (v) move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion
  7. (v) move noisily
  8. (v) move with a thrashing motion
  9. (v) move with a flapping motion
  10. (v) make a fuss; be agitated
  11. (v) pronounce with a flap, of alveolar sounds
  12. (n) the motion made by flapping up and down

Derived Word(s)


  1. WowWee's flying insect soars, dive-bombs, hovers and glides using authentic flapping-wing action, which makes it the first commercially-available toy ornithopter.
  2. SwimmingItalyAge: 19 The world record holder in the 200m freestyle would set gums flapping over her athletic exploits alone.
  3. A soaked mass of humanity huddled under flapping tents, as the booms and bangs and drawn-out rumbles of the tempest sounded more and more like the admonitions of an irate demigod.


  1. How The Courts Changed The Direction Of Music

    Talk about unintended consequences, sometimes a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil really does have an affect on the weather in Brooklyn. The Chaos Theory analogy may be a bit dramatic but it does illustrate how an action with one intention can greatly affect another action that?s seemingly unconnected. Take for instance the fact that over the years there?s been a number of court rulings ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Forbes

  2. Habitat’s Armed Forces build first of its kind In Charlotte

    Flags representing each branch of military service, hung on the framework of a home under construction flapping in the wind as a construction crew sweated in the mid-morning sun.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: WBTV Charlotte

  3. Samaras Says Won’t Backdown on Greek Broadcaster Closure As Coalition Splinters

    While we usually think of a butterfly's wings flapping as the cause of chaotic tornadoes around the world, in the case of Greece, it appears Samaras' comments that he "won't tolerate the sacred cows of Statism," after his closure of the nation's TV broadcaster ERT has sparked much more widespread angst than many could have known. Amid the coalition, the 'opposition' leader Tsipras has called for ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Zero Hedge


  1. "Everyone's afraid to fight him, except apparently Joshua," Arum said. "Antonio's not going to be dissuaded by guys flapping their mouth and saying things. When the money's up, somehow they have a way of disappearing."
    on Dec 1, 2006 By: Bob Arum Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "Ryan has been terrific, there's no question about it," said Burke. "Ryan Miller has been our best player. What I like best about him is that he's calm. He's not like Denis Lemieux in Slap Shot, screaming and yelling and flapping around. He's...
    on Feb 27, 2010 By: Brian Burke Source: CBC.ca (blog)

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