flop

verb
\ ˈfläp \
flopped; flopping

Definition of flop 

(Entry 1 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : to swing or move loosely : flap

2 : to throw or move oneself in a heavy, clumsy, or relaxed manner flopped into the chair

3 : to change or turn suddenly

4 : to go to bed a place to flop at night

5 : to fail completely the play flopped

transitive verb

: to move or drop heavily or noisily : cause to flop flopped the bundles down

flop

adverb

Definition of flop (Entry 2 of 4)

: right, squarely fell flop on my face

flop

noun (1)

Definition of flop (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : an act or sound of flopping

2 : a complete failure the movie was a flop

3 slang : a place to sleep especially : flophouse

4 : dung cow flop also : a piece of dung

flop

noun (2)
plural flops

Definition of flop (Entry 4 of 4)

: a unit of measure for calculating the speed of a computer equal to one floating-point operation per second Supplied by IBM, with a billion flops (floating point operations per second) and a capacity to expand to 60 billion flops with the addition of other processors and memory, it will be among the 10 most sophisticated computers in the world. —Eleanor Wilson usually used in combination gigaflopA GPU [=graphics processing unit] can deliver hundreds of billions of operations per second—some GPUs more than a teraflop, or a trillion operations per second—while requiring only slightly more electrical power and cooling than a CPU. —Andrea Di Blas et al.

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Other words from flop

Verb

flopper noun

Examples of flop in a Sentence

Verb

He flopped down onto the bed. She flopped into the chair with a sigh. All of their attempts have flopped miserably. The curtains were flopping around in the breeze.

Noun (1)

The movie was a total flop. It fell to the ground with a flop.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Renacci accused Brown of flip-flopping on the issue, having supported term-limits early in his political career. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio Senate race: Jim Renacci said he only needs two terms in the Senate. Sherrod Brown's campaign calls Renacci's pledge 'worthless.'," 10 July 2018 Neymar has spent nearly a quarter of an hour flopping on the field during games. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "World Cup: Neymar’s dives get hilarious call outs across internet," 6 July 2018 His recent statements on their bill and history of abruptly flip-flopping on past health care and spending measures have not been reassuring. Alan Fram, chicagotribune.com, "GOP leaders eye new bill on family separations at border," 25 June 2018 Had White pulled off a surprise victory, records obtained by the Houston Chronicle show Abbott's campaign against him would have blasted him for flip-flopping on being pro-choice (his political position) and pro-life (his personal stance). Mike Ward, Houston Chronicle, "'Liberal Lupe' could have been 'Whiplash White'," 25 May 2018 Both John Ross and Tyler Boyd, the Bengals’ 2017 first-round and 2016 second-round draft picks, respectively, flopped under Urban’s watch last season. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "After mentoring Michael Vick, new Ravens quarterbacks coach James Urban getting Lamar Jackson up to speed," 13 July 2018 More than a dozen seemingly promising experimental medicines have flopped in clinical trials over the past three decades. Robert Weisman, BostonGlobe.com, "As drug development flounders, people fearing Alzheimer’s embrace lifestyle changes," 24 June 2018 Another reason the wage increase flopped, outfitters told me, was because there was no enforcement. Jake Bullinger, Outside Online, "Trump Cut Wages for Outdoor Guides—and That's Fine," 11 June 2018 Instant Articles, news stories that were hosted and monetized by Facebook, flopped. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook has failed to build a business for publishers. Now it’s trying again with news programming.," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The flop was a 7-Jack-4 and Zhu was drawing dead at that point. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "An insane three-way all-in hand decided the World Series of Poker Main Event final table," 12 July 2018 Stick a fork in it: Solo: A Star Wars Story is pretty much officially a flop. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "Cantina Talk: No, Kathleen Kennedy Isn't Leaving Lucasfilm," 18 June 2018 Sources: the companies; OpenSecrets (political spending) * for the 2016 election cycle What was once Ma Bell will have to stomach huge spending on content, knowing that flops are a fact of life in Hollywood. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "AT&T Beat the Government Over Time Warner—Now Comes the Hard Part," 13 June 2018 The brand announced that the 2018 event will take place on Saturday, June 23, though with one noteworthy amendment: Unlike last year's sale, the $1 flip-flops will not be available online. Ana Colon, Glamour, "Alert: Old Navy's Legendary $1 Flip-Flop Sale Is No Longer Online," 11 June 2018 The last phone to really make a go at having a 3D display was the Amazon Fire Phone, which was of course a flop. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Hands-on with the RED Hydrogen One, a wildly ambitious smartphone," 20 May 2018 Thomas was a flop at quarterback and is now a tight end with Buffalo. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals' General Manager Steve Keim's NFL drafts haven't always been 'Keim Time'," 20 Apr. 2018 But the lack of lines at Kramerbooks doesn't mean the former FBI director's book is destined to be a flop. Saba Hamedy, CNN, "DC booksellers expected 'Fire and Fury' crowds for Comey book. Instead, they got mostly journalists," 17 Apr. 2018 Chief Executive Officer Sean Nolan is a former executive at InterMune Inc. and Ovation Pharmaceuticals Inc. The first gene therapy approved in Western Europe, UniQure NV’s Glybera, turned out to be a flop. Bloomberg.com, "Novartis CEO Spurs Rare-Disease Shift With $8.7 Billion Deal," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of flop

Verb

1602, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Adverb

1728, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1976, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flop

Verb

alteration of flap entry 2

Noun (2)

floating-point operation

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The first known use of flop was in 1602

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More Definitions for flop

flop

verb

English Language Learners Definition of flop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to fall, lie, or sit down in a sudden, awkward, or relaxed way

: to fail completely

: to swing or move in a loose, awkward, or uncontrolled way

flop

noun

English Language Learners Definition of flop (Entry 2 of 2)

: a complete failure

: the sound made when someone or something suddenly falls, lies, or sits down

flop

verb
\ ˈfläp \
flopped; flopping

Kids Definition of flop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to flap about A fish flopped all over the deck.

2 : to drop or fall limply He flopped into the chair.

3 : fail entry 1 sense 1 The movie flopped.

flop

noun

Kids Definition of flop (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or sound of flapping about or falling limply My backpack hit the ground with a flop.

2 : failure sense 1 The show was a flop.

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