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butterfly

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noun, often attributive but·ter·fly \-ˌflī\

Simple Definition of butterfly

  • : a kind of insect that has a long thin body and brightly colored wings and that flies mostly during the day

  • : a person who goes to many parties and other social events

  • : a way of swimming in which the swimmer's face is in the water and the arms move together in a circular motion while the legs kick up and down; also : a race in which the swimmers do the butterfly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of butterfly

  1. 1 :  any of numerous slender-bodied diurnal lepidopteran insects including one superfamily (Papilionoidea) with broad often brightly colored wings and usually another superfamily comprising the skippers

  2. 2 :  something that resembles or suggests a butterfly; especially :  a person chiefly occupied with the pursuit of pleasure

  3. 3 :  a swimming stroke executed in a prone position by moving both arms in a circular motion while kicking both legs up and down

  4. 4 plural :  a feeling of hollowness or queasiness caused especially by emotional or nervous tension or anxious anticipation

  5. 5 :  a defensive move by a goalie in ice hockey executed by dropping to the knees while spreading the lower legs outward

Examples of butterfly in a sentence

  1. They competed in the butterfly.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of butterfly

before 12th century


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butterfly

verb but·ter·fly

Simple Definition of butterfly

  • : to cut (food) into two pieces that are joined along one edge so that it can be spread apart for cooking

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of butterfly

butterflied

butterflying

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to split almost entirely and spread apart <a butterflied steak> <butterflied shrimp>

Examples of butterfly in a sentence

  1. Butterfly the chicken before roasting.



1954

First Known Use of butterfly

1954


BUTTERFLY Defined for Kids

butterfly

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noun but·ter·fly \ˈbə-tər-ˌflī\

Definition of butterfly for Students

plural

butterflies

  1. :  an insect that has a slender body and large colored wings covered with tiny overlapping scales and that flies mostly in the daytime




Medical Dictionary

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butterfly

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noun but·ter·fly \-ˌflī\

Medical Definition of butterfly

plural

butterflies

  1. 1plural :  a feeling of hollowness or queasiness caused especially by emotional or nervous tension or anxious anticipation

  2. 2:  butterfly bandage




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butterfly

adjective but·ter·fly

Medical Definition of butterfly

  1. :  affecting the part of the face including the cheeks and the bridge of the nose <the typical butterfly lesion of lupus erythematosus>





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