flop

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verb

flopped; flopping

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
flopper noun

flop

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adverb

: right, squarely
fell flop on my face

flop

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noun (1)

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

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noun (2)

plural flops
: 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
gigaflop
A 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.

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
When the film flopped with critics and bombed at the box office, a lasting edge of bitterness between all parties arose. Fred Schruers, IndieWire, 2 July 2024 That year, Wyatt Earp flopped, even with Costner heading another all-star ensemble and once again proving his chops as a leading man in a Western. Aja Romano, Vox, 29 June 2024 As temperatures surged in recent days, Lincoln’s head, once flopped back across his chair, melted away almost entirely, leading some to suggest the President looked annoyed, was slouching, or was embodying a metaphor about current affairs in the country. The Editors Of Artnews, ARTnews.com, 27 June 2024 At one point, Trammell dropped to his knees and flopped onto the concrete floor. Erin Glynn, The Enquirer, 2 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for flop 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

alteration of flap entry 2

Noun (2)

floating-point operation

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of flop was in 1602

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Cite this Entry

“Flop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flop. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

flop

1 of 2 verb
flopped; flopping
1
: to swing or bounce loosely : flap about
a hat brim flopping
2
a
: to throw oneself down in a heavy, clumsy, or relaxed manner
flopped into the chair
b
: to throw or drop suddenly and heavily or noisily
flopped the bundles down with a thud
3
: to fail completely
the play flopped

flop

2 of 2 noun
1
: an act or sound of flopping
2
: a complete failure : dud

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