flit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v flit move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart "The hummingbird flitted among the branches"
    • n flit a secret move (to avoid paying debts) "they did a moonlight flit"
    • n flit a sudden quick movement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Flit Nimble; quick; swift. Obs See Fleet.
    • Flit To be unstable; to be easily or often moved. "And the free soul to flitting air resigned."
    • Flit To flutter; to rove on the wing.
    • Flit To move with celerity through the air; to fly away with a rapid motion; to dart along; to fleet; as, a bird flits away; a cloud flits along. "A shadow flits before me."
    • Flit To pass rapidly, as a light substance, from one place to another; to remove; to migrate. "It became a received opinion, that the souls of men, departing this life, did flit out of one body into some other."
    • Flit To remove from one place or habitation to another.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flit To remove (a thing) from one place to another; transport; shift.
    • flit To turn; move; set in motion.
    • flit To remove or dispossess.
    • flit To move along, about, or away; remove from a place or from point to point: go off or about: generally with an implication of suddenness, swiftness, or brevity of movement.
    • flit To remove from one habitation to another.
    • flit To move lightly and swiftly; fly, dart, skim, or scud along: as, a bird flits from tree to tree; a cloud flits across the moon.
    • flit To flutter, as a bird.
    • n flit A flitting: removal.
    • flit Nimble; swift.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Flit flit to flutter on the wing: to fly quickly: to be unsteady or easily moved:
    • pr.p Flit flit′ting; pa.p. flit′ted
    • v.i Flit flit (Scot.) to remove from place to place
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Quotations

  • Walter Benjamin
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    “The true picture of the past flits by. The past can be seized only as an image which flashes up at the instant when it can be recognized and is never seen again.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. flitten, flutten, to carry away; cf. Icel. flytja, Sw. flytta, Dan. flytte,. √84. Cf. Fleet (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. flytja; Sw. flytta.

Usage

In literature:

The birds were singing gayly as they flitted about over his head.
"Tales of Fantasy and Fact" by Brander Matthews
In its bosom, lurid, phosphorescent lights seemed to flit to and fro.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 6, No 5, November 1864" by Various
The girl was seen flitting across the fields at dawn, a monstrous shadow following.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
Suddenly a smile flitted across her face.
"A Young Mutineer" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
Ere the fresh breeze doth die, light let us flit Across the sea.
"Lilith" by Ada Langworthy Collier
He caught a glimpse of a flitting figure in the north, and then of two more.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
One herder saw a flitting streak leave the timber edge and glide toward the sheep; another; there was no moon and he could not be sure.
"The Yellow Horde" by Hal G. Evarts
They were all standing gazing up into the sky, where an aeroplane was flitting about like a big dragon-fly.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
A smile flitted over the pale face, but the eyes did not open.
"The Uncalled" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
He could not catch the flitting spark that made them mine, and refused to paint them at all.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 3 No 3, March 1863" by Various
But they saw nothing and flitted away among the bushes.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Brown-skinned, gentle people flitted gracefully along the streets and through the squares.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
A half-mournful, half-sneering expression flitted across his face.
"A Nobleman's Nest" by Ivan Turgenieff
A fish broke the glassy surface of the water; a lizard scurried along the ground; a bird flitted past.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
Still he thought he saw a shadow flit across the veranda and vanish into the mist.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
Bats were flitting about up and down.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
The query flitted through his mind as to whether Miss Lacey had ever been successfully contradicted.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
She was flitting among the flowers, and did not make the buzzing sound that the males produce wherever found.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
It seemed as if angels might flit over its snowy sides without any danger of soiling their pure white garments.
"Scenes in the Hawaiian Islands and California" by Mary Evarts Anderson
The words of an ancient proverb flitted through my brain.
"The Master Mummer" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
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In poetry:

Lo! in that house of misery
A lady with a lamp I see
Pass through the glimmering gloom,
And flit from room to room.
"Santa Filomena. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Comes an owl and greyly flits,
Jewel-eyed and hooting,
Past the green tree where she sits;
Nightingales are fluting;
"Bouche-Mignonne" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Great God, impart thy Spirit
That all who love their Lord
May see in life a flitting hour
To obey and speak his word.
"Ring The Bells" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
Three short years have not yet passed us
Flitting rapidly away,
Since we shared in the rejoicing
On your happy bridal day.
"Mary's Death" by Nora Pembroke
And I know, what time the moonlight
On her nest of shadows will sit,
Out on the dim lawn gliding
That shadowy shadow will flit.
"The Old Garden" by George MacDonald
I wandered down a mountain road,
Past flower and rock and lichen gray,
Alone with nature and her God
Upon a flitting summer day.
"The Mountain Spring" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass

In news:

With the days of nice weather slipping away, inspired do-it-yourselfers may find that overdue painting project flitting around the periphery of consciousness.
Flit aims to bring "mall-like experience" to online shopping.
Adrian Lall, CEO of Flit .com, a one-stop shopping website, is photographed in his Livermore, Calif, home office on Wednesday, July 28, 2010.
From MJ to generators fueled by human waste , Your Style Avatar flits around the world.
My friend Julie is one of those kitchen samurai you sometimes hear about, a woman who spends her year flitting from hotel room to hotel room, imposing her will on corporate-owned restaurants in every corner of the world.
After Seuss used Flit as a prop in this cartoon, Standard offered him a job.
Another cartoon Seuss drew for Standard's Flit ad campaign.
A Dr Seuss illustration for Flit bug spray All images: The War on Bugs.
Aliya Mustafina performed a routine that made her look like a butterfly flitting atop, below and between the bars.
) was so mild-mannered and flitting up our flower pot on Memorial Day.
White-haired Ruby Gilliam is in high demand, flitting from one TV or newspaper interview to another — the local celebrity of Ohio's delegation to the Democratic National Convention.
Clouds flit across the west face of Mount Hood as seen near Boring, Ore.
No Big Deal, But Mutant Butterflies Are Flitting Around Fukushima.
If you've seen Ashton Kutcher, Halle Berry or Sarah Jessica Parker flitting around the city in the last few months, it's because they've been filming "New Year's Eve," a romantic comedy centered around New York City's most celebrated holiday.
It's getting so a little girl puppet wearing pink can't flit around the set of Sesame Street without everyone plotzing.
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In science:

Considering this trend, this router, while the flow control latency is defined as the interwork proposes a test planning method capable of reusrouter time required to send flits in the channels.
Test Time Reduction Reusing Multiple Processors in a Network-on-Chip Based Architecture
Introduction routing algorithm, the number of routers and the flit width.
Test Time Reduction Reusing Multiple Processors in a Network-on-Chip Based Architecture
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