- to scatter in pieces
- to move about rapidly and nimbly
- to move quickly from one condition or location to another
- to flutter or quiver
flitter (plural flitters)
- A rag; a tatter; a small piece or fragment.
- (science fiction) A small aircraft or spacecraft.
1941 July, Smith, Edward Elmer, “The Vortex Blaster”, in Comet Stories, volume 1, number 5, page 10:
- Then all three went out to the flitter. A tiny speedster, really; a torpedo bearing stubby wings and the ludicrous tail-surfaces, the multifarious driving-, braking-, side-, top-, and under-jets so characteristic of the tricky, cranky, but ultra-maneuverable breed.
- (aircraft): “flitter” in Jeff Prucher, editor, Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0-19-530567-8, page 66.
- (aircraft): flitter n. at the OED Science Fiction Citations Project
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for flitter in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)