Flutter meaning

flŭtər
To wave or flap rapidly in an irregular manner.

Curtains that fluttered in the breeze.

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Rapid fluctuation in the pitch of a sound reproduction resulting from variations in the speed of the recording or reproducing equipment.
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To cause something to flap.

A bird flutters its wings.

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To cause to flutter.
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To flutter is defined as to quickly flap wings, vibrate or tremble.

An example of to flutter is how the hummingbird's wings move.

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The definition of a flutter is a state of confusion or excitement.

An example of flutter is how a group of friends feel after finding out two unlikely members of that group become romantically involved.

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A condition of nervous excitement or agitation.

Everyone was in a flutter over the news that the director was resigning.

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To flap the wings rapidly, as in short flight or without flying at all.
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To cause to move in quick, irregular motions.
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To throw into a state of excitement, alarm, or confusion.
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A fluttering movement; vibration.
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A state of excitement or confusion.
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A condition of the heart in which the contractions are very rapid but generally regular.
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A potentially destructive vibration of a part of an aircraft, as the wing, caused by aerodynamic forces.
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(brit.) A small gamble or speculation.
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Abnormally rapid pulsation, especially of the atria or ventricles of the heart.
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(intransitive) To flap or wave quickly but irregularly.

Flags fluttering in the wind.

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(intransitive) Of a winged animal: to flap the wings without flying; to fly with a light flapping of the wings.
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To drive into disorder; to throw into confusion.
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The act of fluttering; quick and irregular motion.

The flutter of a fan.

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A state of agitation.

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An abnormal rapid pulsation of the heart.
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(UK) A small bet or risky investment.
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To move or fall in a manner suggestive of tremulous flight.
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To vibrate or beat rapidly or erratically.

My heart fluttered wildly.

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To move quickly in a nervous, restless, or excited fashion; flit.
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The act of fluttering.
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A commotion; a stir.
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(medicine) Abnormally rapid pulsation, especially of the atria or ventricles of the heart.
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(chiefly british) A small bet; a gamble.
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To wave or vibrate rapidly and irregularly.

A flag fluttering in the wind.

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To move with quick vibrations, flaps, etc.
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To be in a state of tremulous excitement; tremble; quiver.
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To move restlessly; bustle.
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Origin of flutter

  • Middle English floteren from Old English floterian pleu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English floteren, from Old English floterian, flotorian (“to float about, flutter”). Cognate with Low German fluttern, fluddern (“to flutter”) and Albanian flutur (“butterfly”). More at float.

    From Wiktionary