flutter

Flutter means to move back and forth rapidly. Flags flutter in the wind. Leaves flutter to the ground. Flutter also exists as a noun—you might feel a flutter in your heart when you're excited.

To remember flutter, think of the children's rhyme, "See the butterfly flutter by." Flutter is often paired with "flit," to describe the way that birds and insects fly––they flit and flutter. It can also be used to describe indecision—someone who can't make up their mind might flutter between two choices.

Primary Meanings of flutter

1.
vn
flap the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements
the motion made by flapping up and down
2.
n
a disorderly outburst or tumult
Full Definitions of flutter
1

v flap the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements

“The seagulls fluttered overhead”
Type of:
beat, flap
move with a thrashing motion

v move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart

Synonyms:
dart, fleet, flit
Types:
butterfly
flutter like a butterfly
Type of:
hurry, speed, travel rapidly, zip
move very fast

v move back and forth very rapidly

Synonyms:
flicker, flitter, quiver, waver
Type of:
move back and forth
move in one direction and then into the opposite direction

v beat rapidly

Synonyms:
palpitate
palpitate
cause to throb or beat rapidly
Type of:
beat, pound, thump
move rhythmically

v wink briefly

Synonyms:
bat
Type of:
blink, nictate, nictitate, wink
briefly shut the eyes

n the motion made by flapping up and down

Synonyms:
flap, flapping, fluttering
Type of:
undulation, wave
(physics) a movement up and down or back and forth

n the act of moving back and forth

Synonyms:
flicker, waver
Type of:
motility, motion, move, movement
a change of position that does not entail a change of location

n abnormally rapid beating of the auricles of the heart (especially in a regular rhythm); can result in heart block

Type of:
arrhythmia, cardiac arrhythmia
an abnormal rate of muscle contractions in the heart
2

n a disorderly outburst or tumult

Synonyms:
commotion, disruption, disturbance, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, to-do
Types:
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convulsion, turmoil, upheaval
a violent disturbance
earthquake
a disturbance that is extremely disruptive
incident
a public disturbance
splash, stir
a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event
storm, tempest
a violent commotion or disturbance
storm center, storm centre
a center of trouble or disturbance
garboil, tumult, tumultuousness, uproar
a state of commotion and noise and confusion
combustion
a state of violent disturbance and excitement
Type of:
disorder
a disturbance of the peace or of public order

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