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English noun: flutter

1. flutter (act) the act of moving back and forth

Synonymsflicker, waver

Broader (hypernym)motility, motion, move, movement

2. flutter (state) abnormally rapid beating of the auricles of the heart (especially in a regular rhythm); can result in heart block

Broader (hypernym)arrhythmia, cardiac arrhythmia

3. flutter (state) a disorderly outburst or tumult

SamplesThey were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused.

Synonymscommotion, disruption, disturbance, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, to-do

Broader (hypernym)disorder

Narrower (hyponym)convulsion, earthquake, garboil, incident, splash, stir, storm, storm center, storm centre, tempest, tumult, tumultuousness, turmoil, upheaval, uproar

4. flutter (event) the motion made by flapping up and down

Synonymsflap, flapping, fluttering

Broader (hypernym)undulation, wave

English verb: flutter

1. flutter (motion) move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart

SamplesThe hummingbird flitted among the branches.

ExamplesThe crowds flutter in the streets, The streets flutter with crowds

Synonymsdart, fleet, flit

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)hurry, speed, travel rapidly, zip

Narrower (hyponym)butterfly

2. flutter (motion) move back and forth very rapidly

SamplesThe candle flickered.

Synonymsflicker, flitter, quiver, waver

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)move back and forth

3. flutter (motion) flap the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements

SamplesThe seagulls fluttered overhead.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)beat, flap

4. flutter (motion) beat rapidly

SamplesHis heart palpitated.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)beat, pound, thump

Verb grouppalpitate

5. flutter (body) wink briefly

SamplesBat one's eyelids.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)blink, nictate, nictitate, wink

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