flail / flāl/ • n. a threshing tool consisting of a wooden staff with a short heavy stick swinging from it. ∎ a similar device used as a weapon or for flogging. ∎ a machine for threshing or slashing, with a similar action. • v. 1. wave or swing or cause to wave or swing wildly: [intr.] his arms were flailing helplessly | [tr.] he flailed his arms and drove her away. ∎ [intr.] flounder; struggle uselessly: I was flailing about in the water he flailed around on the snow. 2. [tr.] beat; flog: he escorted them, flailing their shoulders with his cane.
"flail." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Encyclopedia.com. (February 17, 2019). https://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/flail-0
"flail." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Retrieved February 17, 2019 from Encyclopedia.com: https://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/flail-0
Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.
Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:
Modern Language Association
The Chicago Manual of Style
American Psychological Association
- Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
- In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.