Definition of flipper in English:


Syllabification: flip·per
Pronunciation: /ˈflipər


  • 1A broad flat limb without fingers, used for swimming by various sea animals such as seals, whales, and turtles.
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    • Modern sirenians (manatees and dugongs) are large, docile, aquatic herbivores that have flippers for forelimbs and no hind limbs.
    • With a few broad strokes of its flippers, the turtle I've nabbed tows me along under the shallow water until I find my feet, only to be pulled off them again as the powerful creature yanks me forward.
    • The forelimbs are specialized to form flippers, and the hind limbs and pelvis are extremely small and do not normally extend out of the body wall of the animal.
  • 1.1A flat rubber attachment worn on the foot for underwater swimming.
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    • Customers can also win a pair of Turkey feet - like rubber flippers.
    • Crunching awkwardly over the broken glass (her father's shoes were like flippers on her feet) she peered down at the brick and saw that there was a piece of paper wrapped around it.
    • Sure, people noticed the flipper attached to the prosthesis on his left leg.
  • 1.2A pivoted arm in a pinball machine, controlled by the player and used for sending the ball back up the table.
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    • The machine resembles a vertical pinball box without the flippers to control the dropping of the ball from top to bottom - the only control is the powerflicker, with which you can propel the balls faster or slower into the box.
    • Bumper is a very playable pinball game where you control the flippers on a virtual pinball machine.
    • Gaspard's also boasts an original pre-impressionist juke box, complete with scratchy Sartrean torch songs by Greco and Piaf, and a pinball machine whose left flipper has been bust since Stevenson's day.
  • 1.3 informal A hand.

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