• WordNet 3.6
    • v flip-flop reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
    • n flip-flop a backward somersault
    • n flip-flop an electronic circuit that can assume either of two stable states
    • n flip-flop a backless sandal held to the foot by a thong between the big toe and the second toe
    • n flip-flop a decision to reverse an earlier decision
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Flip-flop the sound of a regular footfall
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Attenuated from flap.


In literature:

Ian is really stretching the truth here since those SmurFFs he's talking about are more flop than flip.
"Wild Justice" by Ruth M. Sprague
All of his monkey flip-flops wouldn't have kept it from me.
"Whirligigs" by O. Henry
Then he threw his Hat in the Air and began to do Flip-Flops.
"People You Know" by George Ade
Well, by and by, after a while, Uncle Wiggily got to a place in the woods where he knew those boys, with Fido Flip-Flop, would soon come by.
"Uncle Wiggily's Adventures" by Howard R. Garis
The flip-flop of the fish sounded distinctly in that quiet place.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
And when a fellow's turning flip-flops up among the clouds, he's naturally going to have the farmers gaping at him.
"Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son" by George Horace Lorimer
The wildcat began flipping and flopping on the snow, badly wounded.
"The Rover Boys on a Hunt" by Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
Scraps turned gleeful flip-flops all around the room.
"The Lost Princess of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
Show them Pee-wee flopping flip-flops!
"Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
If the dividend is larger than C(Z), the overflow flip-flop will be set and the division will not take place.
"Preliminary Specifications: Programmed Data Processor Model Three (PDP-3)" by Digital Equipment Corporation

In news:

Glen Warchol's Crawler: Mitt Romney's London gold in flip-flop .
Do gently bend the flip-flop from end to end, ensuring it bends at the ball of the foot.
This Is One Time Mitt Romney Should Flip-Flop .
Time for One More Flip-Flop .
More on the Inside Story of John Roberts' Obamacare Supreme Court Flip-Flop .
Romney's latest flip-flop casts health care mandate as a tax, not a penalty.
Romney's Obamacare Flip-Flop Proves Conservatives Can't Trust Him.
The Forgotten Flip-Flop : 2003 Medicare Reform.
Did Chris Christie flip-flop on transportation funding.
The Journal Just Loves This Obama Flip- Flop .
We can't afford to flip- flop again.
ONE of the most shocking scientific realizations of all time has slowly been dawning on us: the earth's climate does great flip- flops every few thousand years, and with breathtaking speed.
NFL's flip- flop on Ed Reed penalty sends a mixed message.
A Beach Less Traveled: From Corporate Chaos to Flip- Flop Perfumer by John Berglund.
Can the GOP really win Hispanic votes with a flip- flop .

In science:

For this architecture, an LFSR with the length of 128 flip-flops has been used. The primitive update function of the LFSR is chosen as equation (1).
Physical Unclonable Function (PUF) Based Random Number Generator
Proof of theorems relating to testing of «widened long flip-flop»: A1.
Easily testable logical networks based on a 'widened long flip-flop'
Some definitions relating towards «widened long flip-flop» A3.
Easily testable logical networks based on a 'widened long flip-flop'
Key words: design for testability, mission-critical, fault-tolerant, multiple stuck-at-fault, easily testable, finite-state automata, long flip-flop. The author's previous publications relating to the theme touched on are [1—11].
Easily testable logical networks based on a 'widened long flip-flop'
The beginning of the theory being set out in the article is caused by appearance of the «long flip-flop» which is nothing but a peculiar logical network constructed out of gates AND and OR.
Easily testable logical networks based on a 'widened long flip-flop'