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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


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.


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.


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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