flipper

Definitions

  • Log-Flipper
    Log-Flipper
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n flipper the flat broad limb of aquatic animals specialized for swimming
    • n flipper a shoe for swimming; the paddle-like front is an aid in swimming (especially underwater)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Flipper (Zoöl) A broad flat limb used for swimming, as those of seals, sea turtles, whales, etc.
    • Flipper (Naut) The hand.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n flipper A limb used to swim with. The fin of a fish.
    • n flipper The hand: as, give us your flipper.
    • n flipper Part of a scene, hinged and painted on both sides, used in trick changes.
    • n flipper A flapjack; a kind of griddle-cake.
    • n flipper In a sawmill, a steam-operated device for flipping, upsetting, or throwing over a log, cant, or piece of timber from a set of live rolls to other rolls, or for throwing a log out of the log-slide to the log-deck preparatory to rolling it down the sloping deck to the log-loader.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Flipper a fin:
    • Flipper (slang) hand
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Flip Flippant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Attenuated from flap.

Usage

In literature:

Flippers all round once more; and then let's see what sort o' a shore we've got to make port upon.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
The latter, of which Lizzie is a specimen, have flat front flippers, without hair and triangular in shape.
"Joe Strong, the Boy Fish" by Vance Barnum
I'll put it in the old gentleman's flippers safe an' sure.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Captain Flipper said you knew about all the boats in these parts.
"Little Bobtail" by Oliver Optic
Tip us your flipper, Jack.
"As We Sweep Through The Deep" by Gordon Stables
To take the animal by seizing a flipper, and throwing him on his back, which renders him quite helpless.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The latter, a pursy individual, was holding out an arm somewhat in the attitude of a seal's flipper; but Lilith did not take it.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
But Rupert was determined to have a flying machine, with real flipper-flappery wings, like at Hendon.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
Then at last the stranger came out, and he took that seal by the flipper with one hand, and carried it up that way.
"Eskimo Folktales" by Unknown
When he showed his flippers, as Captain Dan called them, we all burst out with wonder and awe.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
With an enraged thrust of flippers, it drove at them.
"Under Arctic Ice" by H.G. Winter
ATTACK AT FLIPPER'S ORCHARD.
"Three Years in the Federal Cavalry" by Willard Glazier
Well, Chance was the first flipper.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
Its heavy flippers battered the stout roots and lacerated themselves in the beast's insensate rage.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
Scotty followed in a direct line, letting Rick pick the course, and following by the feeling of Rick's flipper wash on his cheeks.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
And the touch of his hand, or flipper, or whatever it was, indicated that they were not!
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
Pew, before we budge, let me shake your flipper again.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV" by Robert Louis Stevenson
When the Amphib lunged for the little man, Archambaud jumped back and shoved a Human-Amphib into the giant flipper-like arms.
"Rastignac the Devil" by Philip José Farmer
Flippers all round once more; and then let's see what sort o' a shore we've got to make port upon.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
HENRY OSSIAN FLIPPER, U. S. A.
"The Upward Path" by Various
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In poetry:

"If he leaves you, change your tack,
Follow him close and fetch him back;
When you've hauled him in at last,
Grapple his flipper and hold him fast.
"The Old Cruiser" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
So they took her aboard in a jiffy,
And the shark stood attention the while,
Then he raised on his flipper
And ate up the skipper
And went on his way with a smile.
"The Rhyme Of The Chivalrous Shark" by Wallace Irwin
I'm goin' back to Blighty, which I left to strafe the 'Un;
I've fought in bloody battles, and I've 'ad a 'eap of fun;
But now me flipper's busted, and I think me dooty's done,
And I'll kiss me gel in Blighty in the mawnin'.
"Going Home" by Robert W Service

In news:

Flippers or investors are purchasing foreclosures cash, remodeling them and reselling them for a profit.
Trippy CGI scene may ruffle some seapunk flippers.
Masks tight, flippers strapped, snorkel tubes in mouths: We slipped into the water and swam to the left.
A Cape fur seal's rear flippers are clamped in the jaws of a white shark.
Flipper Solenoid Valve Is Move Toward Miniaturization.
A specially designed saltwater pool was home to sea turtles, seals and dolphins, including television star Flipper's sister, Flash.
It describes an extremely rare condition in which babies are born with limbs that look like flippers.
Daniel Gallagher, born on the Fourth of July, was a fixture as the friendly burger flipper at summer barbecues.
Is the next Japan all about "lawyers, burger-flippers and tour guides".
With a couple of bum rear-flippers, we didn't get the most athletic turtle.
Feline Favors Flying Flippers on ESPN.
Rather than trying to attack him, Teitoi believes the man-eating fish was acting like animal heroes Lassie or Flipper and leading him to safety.
Grace MacNaull sunbathes with Lucky the one-flippered giant Hawaiian green sea turtle at Lani Hononua Beach.
That's why George Clooney, in his pool, also waddles around in flippers for this celebrity photographer and director, why Renée Zellweger giggles like a ticklish kid.
I'm gonna win one for The Flipper.
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