flitter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v flitter move back and forth very rapidly "the candle flickered"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Flitter A rag; a tatter; a small piece or fragment.
    • v. i Flitter To flutter.
    • v. t Flitter To flutter; to move quickly; as, to flitter the cards.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flitter To scatter in pieces.
    • n flitter A small piece of anything, especially cloth; a shred; a tatter; a rag: generally in the plural: as, a garment torn all to flitters.
    • n flitter A minute square of thin metal, used in decoration; collectively, a quantity of such squares.
    • flitter To flutter.
    • flitter To hang or droop.
    • flitter To flutter; move rapidly backward and forward.
    • n flitter One who flits.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Flitter flit′ėr to flutter
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. G. flitter, spangle, tinsel, flittern, to make a tremulous motion, to glitter. Cf. Flitter (v. i.)

Usage

In literature:

She opened it and glanced abstractedly through the leaves as they flittered under her fingers.
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
We can adapt a flitter for bomb-throwing easily enough.
"The Vortex Blaster" by Edward Elmer Smith
You still get yourself all flittered up.
"The Premiere" by Richard Sabia
But the flitter can, with luck.
"The Stars, My Brothers" by Edmond Hamilton
A mysterious smile flittered across her face.
"The Girl and The Bill" by Bannister Merwin
For identifying the tree-top flitters an opera glass is scarcely powerful enough.
"Our Bird Comrades" by Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
A bat that had been drawn in by the light flittered invisibly near them.
"The Fifth Queen Crowned" by Ford Madox Ford
For an instant nothing happened, save that flittering bits of broken glass shimmered their way to the sand.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
Are you murderer, smuggler, thief, or only the harmless and domestic moonlight flitter?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 5 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Miss Flitters hurried off at such a pace that she ran right into the minister.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Indeed, they possessed only the malevolence of so many flitter-headed sparrows.
"The Monster and Other Stories" by Stephen Crane
Flitter-mouse, term for the bat, 163.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
And she went broke, flat as a flitter.
"Jap Herron" by Emily Grant Hutchings
I scratched his face all to a flitter jig, and soon made him cry out for quarters in good earnest.
"A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, of the State of Tennessee." by Davy Crockett
When he raised his head, Mrs. Van Osten's light green flitter of a smile was greeting him from the sofa.
"The Devourers" by Annie Vivanti Chartres
Scores of wild plans flittered through his brain, but he realized that none of them were practical.
"Frank Merriwell's Triumph" by Burt L. Standish
Fingers of fear and worry flittered along his spine.
"The Sex Life of the Gods" by Michael Knerr
An hour after midnight, in the flittering light of a magnificent starry sky, the companies formed up and continued the route to the South.
"In the Foreign Legion" by Erwin Rosen
Our forebears knew him as the flying or "flitter" mouse.
"Everyday Adventures" by Samuel Scoville
There was a strange coming and going, a fantastic flittering of shadows.
"The Heart of Pinocchio" by Collodi Nipote
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In poetry:

Wonderful earth
Of little kindly things,
That buzz and beam
And flitter little wings!
"A Ballad of The Kind Little Creatures" by Richard Le Gallienne
And MARY chose this for her play:
Whenever he looked in her eye
She'd blush and turn quickly away,
And flitter, and flutter, and sigh.
"The Force of Argument" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Of arbours filled with dainty scents
From lovely flowers that never fade,
Bright ‘flies that flitter in the sun,
And glow-worms shining in the shade;
"The Dream Fairy" by Thomas Hood
Thro' God's own heather we wonned together,
I and my Willie (O love my love):
I need hardly remark it was glorious weather,
And flitter-bats wavered alow, above;
"Lovers And A Reflection" by Charles Stuart Calverley
Or those other ones that are open wide
like the eyes of a happily waking shepard
-with silence and bee-suck nettle inside,
from which ecstatic butterflies flittered;
"The Sonnets To Orpheus: X" by Rainer Maria Rilke
"Silent they rest, in solemn salvatory,
Sealed from the moth and the owl and the flitter-mouse--
Each with his name on his brow.
'All the kings of the nations lie in glory,
Every one in his own house:'
Then why not thou?
"A Dead Year" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

In late summer, as kids flock back to school, butterflies flitter and flutter to buddleia, aptly nicknamed butterfly bush .
Clarence Flitter , of Valparaiso, passed away at his home, surrounded by his family, at 12:10 pm Friday, June 1, 2001.
He was born Aug 3, 1915 in Wanatah, the son of Leo and Dora Flitter , both of whom preceded him in death.
The CAA's Flutterby Festival flitters into Rosemary Beach.
Observe and learn about the butterflies alike and flittering in Blue Heron Park.
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