flap
I. noun Etymology: Middle English flappe Date: 14th century 1. a stroke with something broad ; slap 2. obsolete something broad and flat used for striking 3. something that is broad, limber, or flat and usually thin and that hangs loose or projects freely: as a. a piece on a garment that hangs free b. a part of a book jacket that folds under the book's cover c. a piece of tissue partly severed from its place of origin for use in surgical grafting d. an extended part forming the closure (as of an envelope or carton) 4. the motion of something broad and limber (as a sail or wing) 5. a movable auxiliary airfoil usually attached to an airplane wing's trailing edge to increase lift or drag — see airplane illustration 6. a. a state of excitement or agitation ; tizzy, uproar b. something (as an incident or remark) that generates an uproar 7. a consonant (as the sound \d\ in ladder and \t\ in latter) characterized by a single rapid contact of the tongue or lower lip against another point in the mouth — called also tap II. verb (flapped; flapping) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to beat with or as if with a flap 2. to toss sharply ; fling 3. to move or cause to move in flaps intransitive verb 1. to sway loosely usually with a noise of striking and especially when moved by wind 2. a. to beat or pulsate wings or something suggesting wings b. to progress by flapping c. to flutter ineffectively 3. to talk foolishly and persistently

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  • Flap — may refer to:* Flap (aircraft), a hinged surface on the trailing edge of an airplane wing * Flapping, one of the basic mechanics of flight in birds * Flap, any hinged plate often used as a cover or a simple one way valve ** Cat flap, a hinged… …   Wikipedia

  • Flap — Flap, n. [OE. flappe, flap, blow, bly flap; cf. D. flap, and E. flap, v.] Anything broad and limber that hangs loose, or that is attached by one side or end and is easily moved; as, the flap of a garment. [1913 Webster] A cartilaginous flap upon… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flap — flap·doo·dle; flap; flap·py; hy·dro·flap; flap·pa·ble; un·flap·pa·ble; flap·per; un·flap·pa·bil·i·ty; un·flap·pa·bly; …   English syllables

  • Flap — Flap, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Flapped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Flapping}.] [Prob. of imitative origin; cf. D. flappen, E. flap, n., flop, flippant, fillip.] 1. To beat with a flap; to strike. [1913 Webster] Yet let me flap this bug with gilded wings. Pope …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flap — [flɛp], das; s, s [engl. flap = Klappe, zu: to flap = (mit den Flügeln) schlagen, flattern, wohl lautm.; vgl. ↑ flappen] (Flugw.): an der Unterseite der Tragflächen von Flugzeugen anliegender klappenähnlicher Teil, der zur Erhöhung des Auftriebs… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • flap — [flap] n. [ME flappe < the v.] 1. anything flat and broad that is attached at one end and hangs loose or covers an opening [the flap of a pocket] 2. the motion or slapping sound of a swinging flap [the flap of an awning] 3. Archaic a blow with …   English World dictionary

  • Flap — Flap, v. i. 1. To move as do wings, or as something broad or loose; to fly with wings beating the air. [1913 Webster] The crows flapped over by twos and threes. Lowell. [1913 Webster] 2. To fall and hang like a flap, as the brim of a hat, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flap — s.m.inv. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} 1. TS aer. superficie aerodinamica ausiliaria mobile, situata sul bordo posteriore dell ala, che serve ad aumentarne la portanza Sinonimi: ipersostentatore. 2. TS autom. in alcuni tipi di pneumatici, fascia di… …   Dizionario italiano

  • flap — [n1] winged or extended part of an object accessory, adjunct, appendage, apron, cover, drop, fly, fold, hanging, lapel, lobe, lug, overlap, pendant, pendulosity, ply, queue, skirt, strip, tab, tag, tail, tippet; concepts 471,824 flap [n2]… …   New thesaurus

  • Flap — 〈[flæ̣p] n.; Gen.: s, Pl.: s; Flugw.〉 an den Unterseiten von Flugzeugtragflächen zusätzlich angebrachte Strömungsklappen, die bei Start u. Landung zusätzlichen Auf bzw. Abtrieb erzeugen [Etym.: <engl. flap »Klappe«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • Flap — [flɛp] das; s, s <aus engl. flap »Klappe«> an der Unterseite der Tragflächen von Flugzeugen anliegender klappenähnlicher Teil als Start u. Landehilfe …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

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