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English noun: flap

1. flap (artifact) any broad thin and limber covering attached at one edge; hangs loose or projects freely


SamplesHe wrote on the flap of the envelope.


Broader (hypernym)covering


Narrower (hyponym)barndoor, coattail, codpiece, dag, earflap, earlap, fly, fly sheet, jag, lap, overlap, pocket flap, rainfly, tent flap, tent-fly, tongue

2. flap (state) an excited state of agitation


SamplesHe was in a dither.
There was a terrible flap about the theft.


Synonymsdither, fuss, pother, tizzy


Broader (hypernym)agitation

3. flap (event) the motion made by flapping up and down


Synonymsflapping, flutter, fluttering


Broader (hypernym)undulation, wave

4. flap (body) a movable piece of tissue partly connected to the body


Broader (hypernym)animal tissue


Narrower (hyponym)cusp, leaflet, protective fold, soft palate, uvula, velum

5. flap (artifact) a movable airfoil that is part of an aircraft wing; used to increase lift or drag


Synonymsflaps


Broader (hypernym)aerofoil, airfoil, control surface, surface


Narrower (hyponym)landing flap


Part meronymwing


English verb: flap

1. flap (motion) move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion


SamplesThe curtains undulated.
The waves rolled towards the beach.


Synonymsroll, undulate, wave


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)move


Narrower (hyponym)luff

2. flap (motion) move noisily


SamplesFlags flapped in the strong wind.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)beat, pound, thump

3. flap (motion) move with a thrashing motion


SamplesThe bird flapped its wings.
The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky.


Synonymsbeat


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Narrower (hyponym)bate, clap, flutter


Verb groupbeat, flap

4. flap (motion) move with a flapping motion


SamplesThe bird's wings were flapping.


Synonymsbeat


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)move


Narrower (hyponym)clap, flail, thresh


Verb groupbeat, flap

5. flap (emotion) make a fuss; be agitated


Synonymsdither, pother


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)fret, fuss, niggle

6. flap (communication) pronounce with a flap, of alveolar sounds


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out









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