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


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


The word flutter 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 flutter

What does flutter mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: flutters

  1. the act of moving back and forth
  2. abnormally rapid beating of the auricles of the heart (especially in a regular rhythm); can result in heart block
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic terms: arrhythmia / cardiac arrhythmia = an abnormal rate of muscle contractions in the heart
  3. a disorderly outburst or tumult
  4. the motion made by flapping up and down

Alternative definition of the noun flutter


  1. The act of fluttering.
  2. A state of agitation.
  3. An abnormal rapid pulsation of the heart.
  4. [British] A small bet or risky investment.

Definition of the verb flutter

What does flutter mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: fluttered | fluttering | flutters

  1. move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
    • examples: The crowds flutter in the streets | The streets flutter with crowds
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of flutter: dart / fleet / flit
    • more generic terms: hurry / speed / travel rapidly / zip = move very fast
    • more specific word: butterfly = flutter like a butterfly
  2. move back and forth very rapidly
  3. flap the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements
    • example: The seagulls fluttered overhead
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: beat / flap = move with a thrashing motion
  4. beat rapidly
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of flutter: palpitate
    • more generic words: beat / pound / thump = move rhythmically
  5. wink briefly


Flutter is a gesture recognition technology startup based in San Francisco, California, United States. Founded by Navneet Dalal and Mehul Nariyawala, the company received early-stage funding from Y Combinator and was acquired by Google in October 2013.


Flutter is a fictional character from the 2005 film Roach Approach: The Mane Event!.


"Flutter" is a book by Amanda Hocking, published on (5 years ago).


  1. "Flutter" is a 2011 British independent dark comedy film about gambling, written by Stephen Leslie and directed by Giles Borg. The film stars Joe Anderson, Ricky Tomlinson, Laura Fraser, Billy Zane, Anna Anissimova and Mark Williams.
  2. "Flutter" is a 2012 short biographical documentary film directed by Dara Bratt.
  3. "Flutter" is a 2006 anime-style animated short by Howie Shia, co-produced by PPF House and the National Film Board of Canada.


  1. "Flutter" is a musical single of Bonobo.
    • released on (12 years ago)
  2. "Flutter" is a musical album of Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Quintet.
    • released on (14 years ago)
  3. "Flutter" is a musical EP of Matti Kervinen.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  4. "Flutter" is a composition.
  5. "Flutter" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  6. "Flutter" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  7. "Flutter" is a musical EP of Valotihkuu.
  8. "Flutter" is a composition.


Flutter: In electronics and communication, flutter is the rapid variation of signal parameters, such as amplitude, phase, and frequency.

Phrases with Flutter

  1. flutter kick
  2. Flutter in the Dovecote

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Flutter

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Google previewA Modern Course in Aeroelasticity (2014)

Fifth Revised and Enlarged Edition by Earl Dowell

Abstract Stall flutter is an inherently nonlinear dynamic aeroelastic phenomena and this chapter presents...

As the name implies, stall flutter is a phenomenon which occurs with partial or complete separation of the flow from the airfoil occurring periodically during the oscillation. In contrast...

The essential feature of stall flutter is the nonlinear aerodynamic reaction to the motion of the airfoil/ structure. Thus ...

Google previewNEO 2015 (2016)

Results of the Numerical and Evolutionary Optimization Workshop NEO 2015 held at September 23-25 2015 in Tijuana, Mexico by Oliver Schütze, Leonardo Trujillo, Pierrick Legrand, Yazmin Maldonado

Flutter is a common phenomenon that occurs in structures due to nonlinear interactions between the fluid and structure. One typical case is the airfoil flutter, which refers to vibrations of aircraft wings at high flight speed. The study of airfoil flutter ...

Google previewClinical Arrhythmology (2011)

by Antoni Bay?s de Luna

flutter. 1. Atrial flutter is a frequent...

Google previewWind Engineering (1990)

A Handbook For Structural Engineering by Henry Liu

The classical flutter or simply flutter is a two-degree-of-freedom vibration involving simultaneous lateral (across-wind translational) and torsional ( rotational) vibrations. It occurs in structures that have approximately the same magnitude of ...

Google previewA Notebook on William Shakespeare (2011)

by Edith Sitwell

The reason for the first flutter is that the word 'chalic'd' seems drawing itself faintly together, like the calixes of those flowers when dew splashes upon them (— this is caused by the narrow vowels). The reason for the second flutter is that ...

Google previewGas Turbine Engineering Handbook (2012)

by Meherwan P. Boyce

It must be distinguished from classic flutter, since classic flutter is a coupled torsional-flexural vibration that occurs when the free-stream velocity over a wing or airfoil section reaches a certain critical velocity. Stall flutter, on the other hand, is a ...

Google previewControl Theory of Partial Differential Equations (2005)

by Guenter Leugering, Oleg Imanuvilov, Bing-Yu Zhang, Roberto Triggiani

Flutter is a physical phenomenon that occurs in a solid elastic structure interacting with a flow of gas or fluid. It is a structural dynamic...

Flutter is an in- flight event that happens beyond some speed-altitude combinations. High-speed aircrafts ...

Google previewFerri's Clinical Advisor 2010 E-Book (2009)

5 Books in 1 by Fred F. Ferri

DEFINITION Atrial flutter is a rapid atrial rate of 280 to 340 beats/min with varying degrees of intraventricular block.

Atrial flutter EPIDEMIOLOGY & DEMOGRAPHICS • Atrial flutter is the second most common atrial ...

Google previewFerri's Clinical Advisor 2014 E-Book (2013)

5 Books in 1 by Fred F. Ferri

Atrial flutter EPIDEMIOLOGY & DEMOGRAPHICS • Atrial flutter is the second most common atrial tachyarrhythmia after atrial fibrillation, with an estimated 200,000 new cases annually in the United States.

Google previewPaediatric Cardiology (2009)

Expert Consult - Online and Print by Robert H. Anderson, Edward J. Baker, Andrew Redington, Michael L. Rigby, Daniel Penny, Gil Wernovsky

94,143 Atrial Flutter atrial flutter is an uncommon tachycardia in childhood, though it can be ...

Google previewEvidence-Based Cardiology Consult (2013)

by Kathleen Stergiopoulos, David L. Brown

Atrial flutter is the second most common atrial tachyarrhythmia. It is a macroreentrant arrhythmia originating in the right atrium. The arrhythmic wave front typically travels in a circular loop behind the tricuspid annulus, involving the cavotricuspid ...

Google previewNonlinear Oscillations in Mechanical Engineering (2005)

by Alexander Fidlin

Conclusions The friction induced flutter is an important source of instability in systems with dry friction. Most of books and articles devoted to friction induced vibrations concentrate on the negative friction gradient as the main source of ...

Google previewACLS Study Guide (2012)

by Barbara J Aehlert

Atrial flutter is an ectopic atrial rhythm in which an irritable site fires regularly at a very rapid rate. Because of this extremely rapid stimulation, waveforms are produced that resemble the teeth of a saw, or a picket fence; these are called flutter ...

Google previewContemporary Debates and Controversies in Cardiac Electrophysiology, Part II, An Issue of Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics (2012)

by Ranjan K. Thakur, Andrea Natale

Cavotricuspid isthmus-dependent right atrial flutter is the most common arrhythmia identified. Atrial fibrillationis uncommon owingto obligatorysurgical pulmonary vein isolation.Donorhearts can also contain pre- existing accessory pathways or ...

Google previewInternal Medicine Essentials for Students, A Companion to MKSAP for Students 5 (2016)

Medicine, Internal medicine by CTI Reviews

Atrial flutter is an abnormal heart rhythm that occurs in the atria of the heart. When it first occurs, it is usually associated with a fast heart rate or tachycardia (beats over 100 per minute), and falls into the category of supraventricular tachycardias.

Google previewIntroduction to Aircraft Aeroelasticity and Loads (2014)

by Jan R. Wright, Jonathan Edward Cooper

Flutter is the phenomenon that requires the most accurate and careful aerodynamic modelling. Either two-dimensional unsteady strip theory or three- dimensional unsteady panel methods are required by the regulations CS/AMC 25.341 and ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Neurological Signs (2016)

by A.J. Larner

Cross Reference Ocular bobbing Ocular Flutter Ocular flutter is an eye movement disorder characterized by involuntary bursts of back-toback horizontal saccades ( almost invariably bidirectional, although rare unidirectional cases are reported) ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Aerodynamics (2015)

by Frank Hitchens

Flutter is a highfrequency vibration in parts of the aircraft structure, usually affecting the control surfaces, wing, or tailplane at relatively high operating air speeds. The combined effects of aeroelastic forces, inertia forces, ...


by MarcAnthony Mantis Kozuh

FLUTTER 1} Highfrequency variations inpitch of a recorded waveform due to fast ...

Google previewAmerican Medical Association Concise Medical Encyclopedia (2006)

by Martin S. Lipsky, M.D.

ATRIAL FLUTTER Hon is about 5 percent per year, so anticoagulants are used to prevent clots. More invasive treatments are available if needed. Cardioversion uses drugs or electrical shock lo return the heart to a normal rhythm.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Recorded Sound (2004)

by Frank Hoffmann

FLUTTER. A wavering of pitch produced by analog playback equipment. The immediate cause may be fluctuation in turntable speed or tape-transport speed in a tape deck. It may also result from up-and-down movement of the turntable or disc ...

Google previewA Dictionary, Hindustani & English (1866)

Accompanied by a Reversed Dictionary, English and Hindustani by Duncan Forbes

,42 RUR pharak, f fluttering, palpitation; m. a shield. h. [to flutter. h. Ü94. WRRTRT pharhānā, a to agitate, cause Uş4. WCRT pharaknā, n. to flutter, vibrate, to throb, to writhe, &c. (v. pharaknä). h.

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis].

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

Think you've an angel by the wings ; One that gladly will be nigh, To wait upon each morning sigh j To flutter in the...

Google previewA Dictionary, Hindustani & English: accompanied by a reversed dictionary, English and Hindustani (1866)

By Duncan Forbes by Duncan Forbes

flutterinv, al itation ; J .- p o p p m. a shield. 11. [to flutter. h. labia», m phat-hand, a. to agitate, cause USA ): W plim-almfi, n. to flutter, vibrate, to throb, to writhe, &.c. (v. pharakna'). h.

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Flutter Flutter Butterfly (with Sign Language): Storytime Song

Lyrics: Flutter, flutter butterfly Floating in the autumn sky Floating by for all to see Floating by so merrily Flutter, flutter butterfly Floating in the autumn sky. Visit us!

Quotes about Flutter

We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever. (Carl Sagan)
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Scrabble value of F4L1U1T1T1E1R1

The value of this 7-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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