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American English: /flæp/
British English: /flap/

Translation of flap in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (cover)
    (of pocket, envelope, dust jacket) solapa (feminine)
    (of table) hoja (feminine)
    (of jacket, coat) faldón (masculine)
    also: ear flap
    a cat flap
    una gatera
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (Aviation)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 (motion) the eagle flew off with a flap of its wings
    el águila echó a volar con un batir de alas
    el águila echó a volar dando un aletazo
    the flap of the sails in the wind
    el batir or el golpeteo de las velas con el viento
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 3 (commotion, agitation) [colloquial]to be in/get into a flap
    estar/ponerse como loco [colloquial]
    there's a big flap (on) at the office
    se ha armado tremendo lío en la oficina [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • 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.

intransitive verb present participle flapping past tense, past participle flapped

  • 1
    dar golpes
    golpearse (Latin America)
    the bird flapped off
    el pájaro echó a volar batiendo las alas
    her ears were flapping (British) [colloquial]
    tenía las antenas conectadas [colloquial]
    tenía las antenas paradas (Latin America) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 (panic) (British) [colloquial]
    ponerse como loco [colloquial]
    don't flap!
    ¡tranquila, mujer!
    Example sentences
    • The comment is restrained, yet behind the scenes you know technicians are flapping and executives are panicking.
    • The maid flapped and fussed and settled her mistress in the chair, arranging cushions and shawls.
    • But she found that other people tended to flap and fuss over her problems more than she herself did, and if you wanted something done about the subject, it was best to do it yourself.

transitive verb present participle flapping past tense, past participle flapped

  • 1
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • The process has been compared to moving a rug by flapping one end of it to create a wave, causing the rug to inch along bit by bit.
    • ‘You're not going to school without them,’ said Hysterical Mum Brenda, holding the boots out and flapping them in the air.
    • He flapped a clip board at me.
  • 2 (Linguistics)a flapped r
    una r simple (como la de la r española en "pera")
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