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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun flap:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb flap:


The word flap is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun flap

What does flap mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: flaps

  1. any broad thin and limber covering attached at one edge; hangs loose or projects freely
    • example: he wrote on the flap of the envelope
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: covering = an artifact that covers something else
    • more specific terms:
      • barndoor = an opaque adjustable flap on a lamp fixture
      • coattail = the loose back flap of a coat that hangs below the waist
      • codpiece = a flap for the crotch of men's tight-fitting breeches
      • earflap / earlap = one of two flaps attached to a cap to keep the ears warm
      • dag / jag = a flap along the edge of a garment
      • overlap / lap = a flap that lies over another part
      • pocket flap = a flap that covers the access to a pocket
      • fly sheet / tent flap / tent-fly / rainfly / fly = flap consisting of a piece of canvas that can be drawn back to provide entrance to a tent
      • tongue = the flap of material under the laces of a shoe or boot
  2. an excited state of agitation
    • example: there was a terrible flap about the theft
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of flap: dither / fuss / pother / tizzy
    • more generic word: agitation = a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
  3. the motion made by flapping up and down
  4. a movable piece of tissue partly connected to the body
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • more generic term: animal tissue = the tissue in the bodies of animals
    • more specific terms:
      • uvula = a small pendant fleshy lobe at the back of the soft palate
      • soft palate / velum = a muscular flap that closes off the nasopharynx during swallowing or speaking
      • protective fold = a flap of tissue that protects what it covers
      • leaflet / cusp = a thin triangular flap of a heart valve
  5. a movable airfoil that is part of an aircraft wing; used to increase lift or drag
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of flap: flaps
    • more generic terms: aerofoil / airfoil / control surface / surface = a device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air
    • more specific term: landing flap = a flap on the underside of the wing that is lowered to slow the plane for landing
    • part of: wing = one of the horizontal airfoils on either side of the fuselage of an airplane

Alternative definition of the noun flap


  1. Anything broad and flexible that hangs loose, or that is attached by one side or end and is easily moved.
  2. A hinged leaf, as of a table or shutter.
  3. An upset, stir, scandal or controversy
  4. The motion of anything broad and loose, or a stroke or sound made with it.
  5. A disease in the lips of horses.
  6. [aviation] A hinged surface on the trailing edge of the wings of an aeroplane.
  7. [surgery] A piece of tissue incompletely detached from the body, as an intermediate stage of plastic surgery.
  8. [slang] Vagina.

Specialised definition of the noun flap

Glossary of justice

observation panel in cell door

  • region: UK

Definition of the verb flap

What does flap mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: flapped, flapping

  1. move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion
  2. move noisily
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: beat / pound / thump = move rhythmically
  3. move with a thrashing motion
  4. move with a flapping motion
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb]Sylvia fidgeted
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] into [Oblique, state]Sylvia fidgeted herself into a tizzy

      Verbs of Body-Internal Motion (with the same syntax): buck, fidget, gyrate, jiggle, kick, rock, squirm, sway, teeter, totter, twitch, waggle, wiggle, wobble, wriggle.

    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of flap: beat
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
    • more specific words:
  5. make a fuss; be agitated
  6. pronounce with a flap, of alveolar sounds

Alternative definition of the verb flap


  1. [transitive] To move (something broad and loose) back and forth.
  2. [intransitive] To move loosely back and forth.


"Flap": The Last Warrior is a 1970 American comedy western film directed by Carol Reed and starring Anthony Quinn, Claude Akins and Shelley Winters. Set in a modern Native American reservation, it is based on the novel Nobody Loves a Drunken Indian by Clair Huffaker.

Phrases with Flap

Phrases starting with the word Flap:

  1. flap down
  2. Flap Gate
  3. Flap One's Gums
  4. Flap-Tip Piddock
  5. Flap-Footed Lizards
  6. Flap-Neck Chameleon

Phrases ending with the word Flap:

  1. to flap
  2. Cat Flap
  3. Cat-Flap
  4. Mud Flap
  5. flip-flap
  6. Piss-Flap
  7. tent flap
  8. pocket flap
  9. landing flap

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Flap

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Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery (2009)

by Carol Ann Rinzler

For example, a cross finger flap is a piece of skin partially separated from one finger and attached to the adjoining finger; it grows onto the second finger...

Google previewGynecologic Oncology Handbook (2013)

An Evidence-Based Clinical Guide by Michelle Benoit, MD, M. Yvette Williams-Brown, MD, Creighton Edwards, MD

The latissimus dorsi flap is a good flap for breast reconstruction. It is a type V flap. E. Neovaginal techniques are also varied. These include the following: 1. McIndoe Split thickness skin graft (STSG): The McIndoe neovagina is constructed ...

Google previewAtlas of Breast Reconstruction (2014)

by Mario Rietjens, Mario Casales Schorr, Visnu Lohsiriwat

flap is the most viable option because of the needless of prosthesis...

On the other hand, the free TRAM flap is a viable possibility as the abdominal defect created is smaller than in the ...

Google previewGreen's Operative Hand Surgery: The Pediatric Hand (2010)

by Scott W. Wolfe, William C. Pederson, Robert N. Hotchkiss, Scott H. Kozin, Mark S Cohen

The tubed groin flap is a reliable axial flap that can cover a large defect.

Google previewFlap Reconstruction of the Traumatized Upper Extremity, An Issue of Hand Clinics, (2014)

by Kevin C. Chung

The dorsal ulnar artery flap is a reliable option for the coverage of dorsal and volar wrist defects as well as distal hand defects.37,41 The advantage of the dorsal ulnar artery flap is that it avoids sacrifice of a major arterial supply to the hand.

Google previewSurgical Endodontics (2012)

A Colour Manual by I. Barnes

The principal indication for raising a mid-level flap is the need to insure against the rapid exposure of crown margins as the result of gingival recession. However, as has been stated, there is a small risk of eventual slight recession as a result of ...

Google previewA Woman's Decision (1998)

Breast Care, Treatment & Reconstruction by Karen Berger, John Bostwick

Surgical Procedure and Postoperative Appearance Reconstruction with the DIEP flap is a major operation and takes ap~ proximately 5 to 10 hours. Before surgery, most patients have a CT angiogram taken so the surgeon can identify where ...

Google previewLocal Flaps in Facial Reconstruction E-Book (2014)

Expert Consult by Shan R. Baker

The bilobe flap is a double transposition flap that shares a single base.

Google previewLocal and Regional Flaps of the Head and Neck, An Issue of Oral and Maxillofacial Clinics of North America, (2014)

by Din Lam

DDS, MDb KEYWORDS Nasolabial Facial artery musculomucosal flap Facial artery Maxillofacial reconstruction Intraoral defect KEY POINTS The nasolabial flap is a random or axial patterned flap that can be used to reconstruct small to ...

Google previewOral and Maxillofacial Trauma - E-Book (2013)

by Raymond J. Fonseca, H. Dexter Barber, Michael P. Powers, David E. Frost

Iliac Crest Free Flap The iliac crest free flap is an excellent choice for mandibular reconstruction because it can simulate the mandible in shape, height, and width, providing an impressive bone stock and a generous soft tissue paddle.80-82 ...

Google previewManagement of Complications in Refractive Surgery (2008)

by Jorge AliĆ³, Dimitri T. Azar

Core Messages A thin, irregular, or buttonhole flap is a significant complication of lamellar surgery that typically calls...

Google previewElsevier's Dictionary of Herpetological and Related Terminology (2005)

by D.C. Wareham

EAR FLAP; OPERCULAR FLAP Either one of the large upper or small lower skin folds situated at the outer opening of the auditory canal of crocodilians. When the reptile is submerged the flaps, or ear lids, are kept tightly shut, preventing water ...

Google previewDictionary of Practical Surgery (1886)

by Christopher Heath

long anterior flap (Bell, Teale) ; (d) elliptic posterior flap (Guyon). In the Middle Third by (a) long anterior curved flap (Bell) ; (6) Hey's amputation by ...

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Quotes about Flap

You can only flap your arms so much before gravity catches up to you.
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Scrabble value of F4L1A1P3

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of FLAP

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  • FPLA

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