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flap

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noun \ˈflap\

Definition of flap

  1. 1 :  a stroke with something broad :  slap

  2. 2 obsolete :  something broad and flat used for striking

  3. 3 :  something that is broad, limber, or flat and usually thin and that hangs loose or projects freely: such asa :  a piece on a garment that hangs freeb :  a part of a book jacket that folds under the book's coverc :  a piece of tissue partly severed from its place of origin for use in surgical graftingd :  an extended part forming the closure (as of an envelope or carton)

  4. 4 :  the motion of something broad and limber (such as a sail or wing)

  5. 5 :  a movable auxiliary airfoil usually attached to an airplane wing's trailing edge to increase lift or drag — see airplane illustration

  6. 6a :  a state of excitement or agitation :  tizzy, uproarb :  something that generates an uproar

  7. 7 :  a consonant (such as the sound \d\ in ladder and \t\ in latter) characterized by a single rapid contact of the tongue or lower lip against another point in the mouth —called also tap

Examples of flap in a Sentence

  1. She opened the tent flap and crawled outside.

  2. the inside flap of a book's cover

  3. a loose flap of skin

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Origin and Etymology of flap

Middle English flappe


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flap

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Definition of flap

flapped

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flapping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to beat with or as if with a flap

  3. 2 :  to toss sharply :  fling

  4. 3 :  to move or cause to move in flaps

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to sway loosely usually with a noise of striking and especially when moved by wind

  7. 2a :  to beat or pulsate wings or something suggesting wingsb :  to progress by flappingc :  to flutter ineffectively

  8. 3 :  to talk foolishly and persistently

Examples of flap in a Sentence

  1. The breeze flapped the sails.

  2. The flag flapped in the breeze.

  3. The bird's wings were flapping.

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First Known Use of flap

14th century



FLAP Defined for English Language Learners

flap

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noun

Definition of flap for English Language Learners

  • : a flat piece of material that is attached to something on one side and that can be easily moved

  • : the movement or sound of something that is moving up and down or back and forth

  • : a state or situation in which many people are excited or upset

flap

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Definition of flap for English Language Learners

  • : to move (something) up and down or back and forth


FLAP Defined for Kids

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flap

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noun \ˈflap\

Definition of flap for Students

  1. 1 :  something broad and flat or flexible that hangs loose Tape the box flaps closed.

  2. 2 :  the motion or sound made by something broad and flexible (as a sail or wing) moving back and forth

  3. 3 :  an upset or worried state of mind Don't get in a flap over nothing.


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flap

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Definition of flap for Students

flapped

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flapping

  1. :  to move with a beating or fluttering motion Birds flapped their wings.


Medical Dictionary

flap

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noun \ˈflap\

Medical Definition of flap

  1. :  a piece of tissue partly severed from its place of origin for use in surgical grafting



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