flop

To flop is to drop or hang heavily and loosely. If you're exhausted at the end of the day, you might flop into a chair as soon as you walk into your house.

Your long hair might flop into your eyes, and if you catch a fish, you'll have to watch it flop around in your boat before it stops breathing. A tired child might begin to sob and flop onto the floor in frustration. You can also call a disaster a flop: "We worked so hard on that play, but it turned out to be a total flop." The earliest meaning of flop was "to flap."

Primary Meanings of flop

1.
vnadv
fall loosely
the act of throwing yourself down
with a flopping sound
2.
vn
fail utterly; collapse
a complete failure
3.
n
an arithmetic operation performed on floating-point numbers
Full Definitions of flop
1

v fall loosely

“He flopped into a chair”
Type of:
break, cave in, collapse, fall in, founder, give, give way
break down, literally or metaphorically

v fall suddenly and abruptly

Type of:
come down, descend, fall, go down
move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

n the act of throwing yourself down

“he landed on the bed with a great flop
Synonyms:
collapse
Type of:
descent
the act of changing your location in a downward direction

adv with a flopping sound

“he tumbled flop into the mud”

adv exactly

“he fell flop on his face”
Synonyms:
right
2

v fail utterly; collapse

Synonyms:
fall flat, fall through, founder
Type of:
fail, go wrong, miscarry
be unsuccessful

n a complete failure

“the play was a dismal flop
Synonyms:
bust, fizzle
Types:
bomb, dud, turkey
an event that fails badly or is totally ineffectual
Type of:
failure
an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose

n someone who is unsuccessful

Synonyms:
dud, washout
Type of:
failure, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person
a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently
3

n an arithmetic operation performed on floating-point numbers

“this computer can perform a million flops per second”
Synonyms:
floating-point operation
Type of:
computer operation, machine operation
an elementary operation that a computer is designed and built to perform

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