noun (used with a singular verb) Veterinary Pathology.
- flapping tremor,
- flare path,
- flare star,
- flare up,
- flare, solar
Origin of flaps
verb (used without object), flapped, flap·ping.
verb (used with object), flapped, flap·ping.
- a state of nervous excitement, commotion, or disorganization.
- an emergency situation.
- scandal; trouble.
- a rapid flip of the tongue tip against the upper teeth or alveolar ridge, as in the r-sound in a common British pronunciation of very, or the t-sound in the common American pronunciation of water.
- a trill.
- a flipping out of the lower lip from a position of pressure against the upper teeth so as to produce an audible pop, as in emphatic utterances containing f-sounds or v-sounds.
- Also called backflap hinge, flap hinge. a hinge having a strap or plate for screwing to the face of a door, shutter, or the like.
- one leaf of a hinge.
Origin of flap
Examples from the Web for flaps
The only Lena I know of is Lena Horne, a wonderful performer, who is not involved in any flaps, and who is also dead.Up to a Point: They Made Me Write About Lena Dunham|P. J. O’Rourke|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A growing sense that Romney is stiffing the print press may be fueling the flaps that came to define his trip.Palestinian Remarks Furor: Romney Campaign Hits AP as ‘Irresponsible’|Howard Kurtz|August 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The Airbus was as “fly-by-wire” plane, which means that the flaps on the wings are commanded by wires rather than manual tubes.
By raising the flaps on one side and lowering them on the other the balance was well preserved.The Boy's Book of New Inventions|Harry E. Maule
Swimming suddenly into schools of these, it flaps its tail rapidly, killing and devouring them in large numbers.Fast Nine|Alan Douglas
His sleeves were rolled over his fat forearms, and the two flaps of his unbuttoned vest dangled as he bent to bail out the boat.The Open Boat and Other Stories|Stephen Crane
Then, to her consternation, she saw the flaps of the tent move.The Purple Flame|Roy J. Snell
But the steps passed, and she climbed on her knees and lowered the flaps on the side where the steps sounded.Sunny Slopes|Ethel Hueston
verb flaps, flapping or flapped
Word Origin for flap
early 14c., "dash about, shake;" later "strike, hit;" see flap (n.). Meaning "to swing loosely" is from 1520s. Related: Flapped; flapping.
mid-14c., flappe "a blow, slap," probably imitative of the sound of striking. Meaning "something that hangs down" is first recorded 1520s. Sense of "motion or noise like a bird's wing" is 1774; meaning "disturbance, noisy tumult" is 1916, British slang.