Pronunciation Noun

flap (plural flaps)

  1. Anything broad#Adjective|broad and flexible that hang#Verb|hangs loose, or that is attached by one side#Noun|side or end#Noun|end and is easily move#Verb|moved.
    a flap of a garment  The envelope flap seemed curiously wrinkled.
  2. A hinged#Adjective|hinged leaf#Noun|leaf.
    the flaps of a table  the flap of a shutter
  3. (aviation) A hinged surface on the trailing edge of the wings of an aeroplane.
  4. A side fin#Noun|fin of a ray.
    Synonyms: wing
  5. The motion of anything broad and loose, or a sound#Noun|sound or stroke#Noun|stroke made with it.
    the flap of a sail  the flap of a wing
  6. A controversy, scandal, stir#Noun|stir, or upset#Noun|upset.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:commotion
    The comment caused quite a flap in the newspapers.
  7. (phonetics) A consonant sound made by a single muscle contraction, such as the sound ɾ in the standard American English pronunciation of body.
    Synonyms: tap
  8. (surgery) A piece of tissue incompletely detached from the body, as an intermediate stage of plastic surgery.
  9. (veterinary medicine) A disease in the lips of horse#Noun|horses.
  10. (slang, vulgar) Chiefly in the glossary plural: the female genitals.
  11. (obsolete) A blow or slap (especially to the face).
    • 1450, Palladius on Husbondrieː
      Ware the horn and heels lest they fling a flap to thee.
    • a1500 The Prose Merlinː
      The squire lift up his hand and gave him such a flap that all they in the chapel might it hear.
  12. (obsolete) A young prostitute.
    • 1631, James Mabbe, Celestina IX. 110
      Fall to your flap, my Masters, kisse and clip. […] Come hither, you foule flappes.
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  • French: rabat
  • German: Klappe
  • Portuguese: aba
  • Russian: откидна́я доска́
  • German: Aufregung
  • Russian: возбужде́ние
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  • Russian: дли́нное вися́чее у́хо
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  • German: Lappen, Hautlappen, Hautfetzen
  • Russian: (ко́жный) лоску́т
  • Spanish: colgajo

flap (flaps, present participle flapping; past and past participle flapped)

  1. (transitive) To move (something broad and loose) up and down.
    The crow slowly flapped its wings.
  2. (intransitive) To move loosely back and forth.
    The flag flapped in the breeze.
  3. (computing, telecommunications, intransitive) Of a resource or network destination: to be advertised as being available and then unavailable (or available by different routes) in rapid succession.
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