verbo (flaps, flapping, flapped)[with object]
- 1(Of a bird) move (its wings) up and down when flying or preparing to fly: a pheasant flapped its wings [no object]: gulls flapped around uttering their strange criesMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Scientists have discovered that as each bird flaps its wings it creates uplift for the bird immediately following.
- These tiny birds can flap their wings up to 70 times per second.
- I've seen our power lines go down when a bird flaps its wings near them, so I'm thinking we may be in the dark tonight.
- 1.1 [no object] (Of something attached at one point or loosely fastened) flutter or wave around: the tent bent with the gale, and the corners flapped furiouslyMás ejemplos en oraciones
- The sheets have been flapping furiously on the washing lines as if heralding the new front approaching from the west.
- As the plants were locked away in a closed section next to the cafe, I strained my neck to see the price tags flapping furiously in the wind.
- A thin breeze caught some strands of her short hair and sent some waves flapping in the wind.
- 1.2Wave (something) around or at something or someone: she flapped the duster angrily she began flapping her arms to drive away the permeating coldMás ejemplos en oraciones
- I was almost mauled by an easily excitable Olympic volunteer flapping her security pass around because I tried to take the quicker way out of the train station.
- Do you stand there and keep flapping the tray about until the traymat dislodges itself?
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- 1A piece of something thin, such as cloth, paper, or metal, hinged or attached only on one side, that covers an opening or hangs down from something: the flap of the envelope he pushed through the tent flapMás ejemplos en oraciones
fold, overlap, covering
- It was a very large room, looking like a gym only a bit smaller, and there were several holes in the side of the wall that were covered up by metal flaps which looked like they could be opened.
- The neck is covered by flaps attached to the vest.
- He nodded to Hazel and she left, watching Katrina until the flaps of the tent covered her face.
- 1.1A hinged or sliding section of an aircraft wing used to control lift: flaps are normally moved by the hydraulics a final approach at sixty knots with 45° of flapMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Another consideration is to minimize the drag devices: the landing gear, the flaps and the windmilling propeller.
- The aircraft also have composite ailerons, spoilers, flaps, vertical tail skin and horizontal tail skin, but they have aluminum wings.
- Agglomerations of wings and cowling, flaps, rudders and fuselage rise dramatically from narrow steel legs.
- 2A movement of a wing or an arm from side to side or up and down: the surviving bird made a few final despairing flapsMás ejemplos en oraciones
flutter, fluttering, beat, beating, waving
- Residents have enjoyed watching the young birds progress from falling to the ground after a couple flaps of their wings to confident flyers.
- The Butterfly Effect derives its name from the chaos theory which suggests that the simple flap of a butterfly's wings has the potential to set off a tornado thousands of miles away.
- He could feel the wind blowing his bangs backwards and could hear the soft flap of his headband.
- 2.1 [in singular] The sound of something making a flapping movement: hear the coo of the dove, the flap of its wingsMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Just as I was about to stand up, I felt a faint gust of wind on the nape of my neck and the accompanying sound of a leathery flap was barely audible.
- The wings make an unmistakable flap as they beat the air, its sound like the steady methodical beat of a snare drum slowly drawing nearer.
- 3 [in singular] • informal A state of agitation; a panic: they’re in a flap over who’s going to take Henry’s lecturesMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Size isn't important, or so the saying goes… but abseilers might think differently after a banner left them, and Rochdale Council, in a flap.
- An injured cygnet had a rescue team in a flap as it took five days to catch in Chippenham.
- I remember a Christmas, not too long ago, when I was in a flap because our new daughter-in-law was coming for Christmas Dinner and I wanted it to be perfect.
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- But now and again, I'd wake up to see 2 little dark shapes with little flappy wings gouging at my legs.
- In particular, the sleeves were just the right width - not too narrow, not too flappy.
- The only minus is that the sleeves are kind of flappy.
Middle English: probably imitative.