Definition of "butterfly" []

  • Any of various insects of the order Lepidoptera, characteristically having slender bodies, knobbed antennae, and four broad, usually colorful wings. (noun)
  • A person interested principally in frivolous pleasure: a social butterfly. (noun)
  • Sports A swimming stroke in which a swimmer lying face down draws both arms upward out of the water, thrusts them forward, and draws them back under the water in an hourglass design while performing a dolphin kick. (noun)
  • Sports A race or a leg of a race in which this stroke is swum. (noun)
  • A feeling of unease or mild nausea caused especially by fearful anticipation. (noun)
  • Any diurnal insect of the order Lepidoptera that has a slender body with clubbed antennae and typically rests with the wings (which are often brightly coloured) closed over the back (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A person who never settles with one group, interest, or occupation for long (noun)
  • A swimming stroke in which the arms are plunged forward together in large circular movements (noun)
  • The simultaneous purchase and sale of traded call options, at different exercise prices or with different expiry dates, on a stock exchange or commodity market (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "butterfly" in a sentence
  • "With an effort, he kept himself from using the term butterfly catchers, “... gentlemen.”"
  • "The term butterfly effect comes from chaos theory, where final outcomes can be completely unexpected given a very small initial impetus."
  • "One that I think of as a butterfly is a woman who “shelved” my kitty-cat."