flutter
I. verb Etymology: Middle English floteren to float, flutter, from Old English floterian, frequentative of flotian to float; akin to Old English flēotan to float — more at fleet Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to flap the wings rapidly 2. a. to move with quick wavering or flapping motions b. to vibrate in irregular spasms 3. to move about or behave in an agitated aimless manner transitive verb to cause to flutter • flutterer nounfluttery adjective II. noun Date: 1641 1. an act of fluttering 2. a. a state of nervous confusion or excitement b. flurry, commotion c. abnormal spasmodic fluttering of a body part <
treatment of atrial flutter
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3. a. a distortion in reproduced sound similar to but of a higher pitch than wow b. fluctuation in the brightness of a television image 4. an unwanted oscillation (as of an aileron or a bridge) set up by natural forces 5. chiefly British a small speculative venture or gamble

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  • Flutter — is a rapid vibration or pulsation. The difference between flutter and fibrillation is that flutter is well organized while fibrillation is not. For example, atrial flutter consists of well organized but over rapid contractions of the atrium of… …   Medical dictionary

  • flutter — flut‧ter [ˈflʌtə ǁ ər] noun informal have a flutter (on something) to risk a small amount of money on the result of a horse race, football game etc; = BET; GAMBLE: • Lots of people like to have a flutter on the lottery. * * * flutter UK US… …   Financial and business terms

  • flutter — FLÚTTER s.n. Pulsaţie accelerată. ♢ Flutter arterial = afecţiune cardiacă manifestată printr un ritm rapid şi regulat, determinat de contracţiile frecvente şi regulate ale atriilor. [pr.: fláter] – cuv. engl. Trimis de LauraGellner, 14.05.2004.… …   Dicționar Român

  • Flutter — Flut ter, n. 1. The act of fluttering; quick and irregular motion; vibration; as, the flutter of a fan. [1913 Webster] The chirp and flutter of some single bird Milnes. . [1913 Webster] 2. Hurry; tumult; agitation of the mind; confusion; disorder …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flutter — (englisch für ‚Flattern‘) steht für: Flutter (Tontechnik), Gleichlaufschwankungen von Plattenspielern oder Tonbandgeräten Flutter (Medizinprodukt), Ventile für Lungenkranke, die zur Ausatmung gegen Widerstand dienen Diese Seite ist eine …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • flutter — O.E. floterian to flutter, fly, flicker, float to and fro, be tossed by waves, frequentative of flotian to float (see FLOAT (Cf. float) (v.)). Related: Fluttered; fluttering. As a noun from 1640s; meaning state of excitement is 1740s …   Etymology dictionary

  • Flutter — Flut ter, v. t. 1. To vibrate or move quickly; as, a bird flutters its wings. [1913 Webster] 2. To drive in disorder; to throw into confusion. [1913 Webster] Like an eagle in a dovecote, I Fluttered your Volscians in Corioli. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flutter — index beat (pulsate), oscillate, panic, trepidation Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • flutter — vb flitter, flicker, *flit, hover Analogous words: *shake, tremble, quiver, quaver, wobble: beat, throb, *pulsate, palpitate: fluctuate, vibrate, oscillate, *swing …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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