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Middle English flappe (“slap”)
flap (plural flaps)
- Anything broad and flexible that hangs loose, or that is attached by one side or end and is easily moved.
- a flap of a garment
- The envelope flap seemed curiously wrinkled.
- 1998 October, Robert H. Mohlenbrock, “Twin Peaks”, Natural History, volume 107, number 8, page 73:
- The hairs guide the pollinating insect to the base of the petal, where there is a purplish nectary covered by a flap of tissue.
- A hinged leaf, as of a table or shutter.
- An upset, stir, scandal or controversy
- The comment caused quite a flap in the newspapers.
- The motion of anything broad and loose, or a stroke or sound made with it.
- the flap of a sail; the flap of a wing
- A disease in the lips of horses.
- (aviation) A hinged surface on the trailing edge of the wings of an aeroplane.
- (surgery) A piece of tissue incompletely detached from the body, as an intermediate stage of plastic surgery.
- (slang) Vagina.
- (upset): Wikisaurus:commotion
flap of a garment
furniture flap / hinged leaf
flap of wings etc
concerning an aeroplane
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- (transitive) To move (something broad and loose) back and forth.
- The crow slowly flapped its wings.
- 2004, Robert Jordan, New Spring, page 316:
- He could be flapping his tongue about you right this minute to anybody who'll bloody listen.
- (intransitive) To move loosely back and forth.
- The flag flapped in the breeze.
- 2011 September 29, Tom Rostance, “Stoke 2 - 1 Besiktas”, BBC Sport:
- Former Turkey goalkeeper Rustu Recber flapped at his first Delap throw but was given a soft free-kick by referee Antony Gautier.
to move (something broad and loose} back and forth
to move loosely back and forth