flap

flap
flap1 [ flæp ] noun *
1. ) count a thin flat piece of something that is fixed to something else along one edge:
a flap of leather/skin/plastic
He held back the flap of the tent.
2. ) singular INFORMAL a situation in which people are confused, excited, or angry: FUSS:
Why has there been such a political flap over his appointment?
in a flap: They were in a real flap over the lost passport.
3. ) count a single fast movement of something in the air, for example a bird's wings
a ) the sound of fast movement through air
4. ) count a part of the wing of an airplane that moves up and down to help control the airplane
flap
flap 2 [ flæp ] verb
1. ) intransitive or transitive if a bird's wings flap, or the bird flaps them, they move quickly up and down:
The swan hissed and flapped its huge wings.
a ) intransitive or transitive if your arms, hands, etc. flap, or you flap them, they move quickly up and down
b ) intransitive to move noisily up and down or from side to side, especially in the wind:
I tried to keep up, my coat flapping in the wind.
2. ) intransitive BRITISH INFORMAL to be very worried, nervous, or excited about something

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Flap — Flap, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Flapped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Flapping}.] [Prob. of imitative origin; cf. D. flappen, E. flap, n., flop, flippant, fillip.] 1. To beat with a flap; to strike. [1913 Webster] Yet let me flap this bug with gilded wings. Pope …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • flap — [flap] n. [ME flappe < the v.] 1. anything flat and broad that is attached at one end and hangs loose or covers an opening [the flap of a pocket] 2. the motion or slapping sound of a swinging flap [the flap of an awning] 3. Archaic a blow with …   English World dictionary

  • Flap — Flap, v. i. 1. To move as do wings, or as something broad or loose; to fly with wings beating the air. [1913 Webster] The crows flapped over by twos and threes. Lowell. [1913 Webster] 2. To fall and hang like a flap, as the brim of a hat, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Flap — 〈[flæ̣p] n.; Gen.: s, Pl.: s; Flugw.〉 an den Unterseiten von Flugzeugtragflächen zusätzlich angebrachte Strömungsklappen, die bei Start u. Landung zusätzlichen Auf bzw. Abtrieb erzeugen [Etym.: <engl. flap »Klappe«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

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