flutter

All Sources -
Updated Media sources (1) About encyclopedia.com content Print Topic Share Topic
views updated

flut·ter / ˈflətər/ • v. [intr.] (of a bird or other winged creature) fly unsteadily or hover by flapping the wings quickly and lightly: a couple of butterflies fluttered around the garden. ∎  (with reference to a bird's wings) flap in such a way: their wings flutter and spread | [tr.] the lark fluttered its wings, hovering. ∎  move or fall with a light irregular or trembling motion: the remaining petals fluttered to the ground. ∎  (of a person) move restlessly or uncertainly: the hostess fluttered forward to greet her guests. ∎  (of a pulse or heartbeat) beat feebly or irregularly. • n. 1. an act of fluttering: there was a flutter of wings at the window. ∎  a state or sensation of tremulous excitement: Sandra felt a flutter in the pit of her stomach her insides were in a flutter. ∎  Aeron. undesired oscillation in a part of an aircraft under stress. ∎  Med. disturbance of the rhythm of the heart that is less severe than fibrillation: atrial flutter | I was diagnosed as having a heart flutter. ∎  Electr. rapid variation in the pitch or amplitude of a signal, esp. of recorded sound. Compare with wow2 . 2. Brit., inf. a small bet: a flutter on the horses. PHRASES: flutter one's eyelashes open and close one's eyes rapidly in a coyly flirtatious manner.DERIVATIVES: flut·ter·er n. flut·ter·ing·ly adv. flut·ter·y adj.

views updated

flutterexploiter, goitre (US goiter), loiter, reconnoitre (US reconnoiter), Reuter •anointer, appointer, jointer, pointer •cloister, hoister, oyster, roister •accoutre (US accouter), commuter, computer, disputer, hooter, looter, neuter, pewter, polluter, recruiter, refuter, rooter, saluter, scooter, shooter, souter, suitor, tooter, transmuter, tutor, uprooter •booster, rooster •doomster • freebooter • sharpshooter •peashooter • six-shooter •troubleshooter • prosecutor •persecutor • prostitutor •telecommuter •footer, putter •Gupta • Worcester • Münster •pussyfooter • executor •contributor, distributor •collocutor, interlocutor •abutter, aflutter, butter, Calcutta, clutter, constructor, cutter, flutter, gutter, mutter, nutter, scutter, shutter, splutter, sputter, strutter, stutter, utter •abductor, conductor, destructor, instructor, obstructor •insulter •Arunta, Bunter, chunter, Grantha, grunter, Gunter, hunter, junta, punter, shunter •corrupter, disrupter, interrupter •sculptor •adjuster, Augusta, bluster, buster, cluster, Custer, duster, fluster, lustre (US luster), muster, thruster, truster •huckster • Ulster • dumpster •funster, Munster, punster •funkster, youngster •gangbuster • filibuster • blockbuster •semiconductor • headhunter •woodcutter •lacklustre (US lackluster)

views updated

flutter †float to and fro; flap the wings rapidly OE.; quiver, tremble excitedly. XVI. OE. floterian, -orian, frequent. of Gmc. *flut-; see FLEET3, -ER4.

views updated

Flutter

of cardiologistsMensa.

views updated

flutter (flut-er) n. a disturbance of normal heart rhythm, less rapid and less chaotic than fibrillation.