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Definition of "flap" []

  • A flat, usually thin piece attached at only one side. (noun)
  • A projecting or hanging piece usually intended to double over and protect or cover: the flap of an envelope. (noun)
  • The act of waving or fluttering: the flap of the flag in the wind. (noun)
  • The sound produced by this motion. (noun)
  • A blow given with something flat; a slap. (noun)
  • To move (wings or arms) up and down, esp in or as if in flying, or (of wings or arms) to move in this way (verb)

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.

  • To move or cause to move noisily back and forth or up and down (verb)
  • To become agitated or flustered; panic (verb)
  • To deal (a person or thing) a blow with a broad flexible object (verb)
  • To toss, fling, slam, etc, abruptly or noisily (verb)
  • To pronounce (an (r) sound) by allowing the tongue to give a single light tap against the alveolar ridge or uvula (verb)
  • The action, motion, or noise made by flapping (noun)
  • A piece of material, etc, attached at one edge and usually used to cover an opening, as on a tent, envelope, or pocket (noun)
  • A blow dealt with a flat object; slap (noun)
  • A movable surface fixed to the trailing edge of an aircraft wing that increases lift during takeoff and drag during landing (noun)
  • A piece of tissue partially connected to the body, either following an amputation or to be used as a graft (noun)
  • A state of panic, distress, or agitation (noun)
  • An (r) produced by allowing the tongue to give a single light tap against the alveolar ridge or uvula (noun)

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Use "flap" in a sentence
  • "This flap is about the stupidist thing I have ever heard of."
  • "Media Watch: My reaction to the minor, but loud, Miss USA/Miss Teen USA media flap is a personal indictment of the organization which "handles" these newly-minted celebrities."
  • "T. Rex joins me and others in wondering what all the flap is about Mary Cheney; it's just hypocrisy, baby."