Definition of Flutter

1. Noun. The act of moving back and forth.

Exact synonyms: Flicker, Waver
Generic synonyms: Motility, Motion, Move, Movement
Derivative terms: Flicker, Waver, Waver, Waver, Waver

2. Verb. Move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart. "The streets flutter with crowds"; "The hummingbird flitted among the branches"
Exact synonyms: Dart, Fleet, Flit
Specialized synonyms: Butterfly
Generic synonyms: Hurry, Speed, Travel Rapidly, Zip
Derivative terms: Dart, Flit

3. Noun. Abnormally rapid beating of the auricles of the heart (especially in a regular rhythm); can result in heart block.
Generic synonyms: Arrhythmia, Cardiac Arrhythmia

4. Verb. Move back and forth very rapidly. "The streets flutter with crowds"; "The candle flickered"
Exact synonyms: Flicker, Flitter, Quiver, Waver
Generic synonyms: Move Back And Forth
Derivative terms: Flicker, Fluttering, Waver

5. Noun. A disorderly outburst or tumult. "They were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"

6. Verb. Flap the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements. "The seagulls fluttered overhead"
Generic synonyms: Beat, Flap

7. Noun. The motion made by flapping up and down.
Exact synonyms: Flap, Flapping, Fluttering
Generic synonyms: Undulation, Wave
Derivative terms: Flap, Flap, Flap, Flap, Flap, Flap, Flap, Flap

8. Verb. Beat rapidly. "His heart palpitated"
Exact synonyms: Palpitate
Generic synonyms: Beat, Pound, Thump
Related verbs: Palpitate
Derivative terms: Palpitant, Palpitation

9. Verb. Wink briefly. "Bat one's eyelids"
Exact synonyms: Bat
Generic synonyms: Blink, Nictate, Nictitate, Wink

Definition of Flutter

1. v. t. To vibrate or move quickly; as, a bird flutters its wings.

2. n. The act of fluttering; quick and irregular motion; vibration; as, the flutter of a fan.

Definition of Flutter

1. Verb. (intransitive) To flap or wave quickly but irregularly. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) Of a winged animal: to flap the wings without flying; to fly with a light flapping of the wings. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To cause something to flap. ¹

4. Noun. The act of fluttering. ¹

5. Noun. A state of agitation. ¹

6. Noun. An abnormal rapid pulsation of the heart. ¹

7. Noun. (British) A small bet or risky investment. ¹

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Definition of Flutter

1. to wave rapidly and irregularly [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Flutter

1. A rapid vibration or pulsation. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Flutter

flutter (current term)
flutter-fibrillation waves
flutter in the dovecote
flutter kick
flutter the dovecote
fluttered the dovecote

Literary usage of Flutter

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary of the Drama: A Guide to the Plays, Play-wrights, Players, and by William Davenport Adams (1904)
"Rackett, and Miss Brunton as Letitia ; at Drury Lane in January, 1818, with Dowton as Hardy, Harley as flutter, Mrs. Clover as Mr.-: ..."

2. Clinical Disorders of the Heart Beat: A Handbook for Practitioners and Students by Thomas Lewis (1920)
"flutter is a comparatively rare condition, and is usually associated with ... Occurring as it does in elderly cases, flutter is often associated with ..."

3. The Young Mill-wright and Miller's Guide: Illustrated by Twenty-eight by Oliver Evans, Cadwallader Evans, Thomas Ellicott (1860)
"THE wheels for saw-mills have been variously constructed; the most simple, where water is plenty, and the fall above 6 feet, is the flutter-wheel; ..."

4. Water Rights Determination by Jay Manuel Whitham (1918)
"flutter OR SAW MILL WHEELS flutter wheels are primitive ... The discharge coefficient for the gate of the flutter wheel is nearly or quite 100 per cent as ..."

5. Pathological physiology of internal diseases by Albion Walter Hewlett (1916)
"Auricular flutter In the condition known as auricular ... Patients with flutter are, as a rule, rather sensitive to vagus pressure, which causes an abrupt ..."

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