flop

Definitions

  • Flop-over hay rake
    Flop-over hay rake
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv flop exactly "he fell flop on his face"
    • adv flop with a flopping sound "he tumbled flop into the mud"
    • v flop fall suddenly and abruptly
    • v flop fall loosely "He flopped into a chair"
    • v flop fail utterly; collapse "The project foundered"
    • n flop the act of throwing yourself down "he landed on the bed with a great flop"
    • n flop a complete failure "the play was a dismal flop"
    • n flop someone who is unsuccessful
    • n flop an arithmetic operation performed on floating-point numbers "this computer can perform a million flops per second"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Flop-over hayrake, mid 19th century Flop-over hayrake, mid 19th century
flopped us in a heap flopped us in a heap

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Five Jell-O flavors that flopped: celery, coffee, cola, apple, andchocolate.
    • n Flop Act of flopping.
    • Flop To clap or strike, as a bird its wings, a fish its tail, etc.; to flap.
    • Flop To fall, sink, or throw one's self, heavily, clumsily, and unexpectedly on the ground.
    • Flop To strike about with something broad and flat, as a fish with its tail, or a bird with its wings; to rise and fall; as, the brim of a hat flops .
    • Flop To turn suddenly, as something broad and flat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cutthroat Island is the biggest movie flop in history, losing an estimated $81 million. It’s almost double the loss of the second-biggest money loser, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen ($48.1 million).
    • flop To clap or strike, as the wings; flap.
    • flop To cause to fall or hang down.
    • flop To flap.
    • flop To plump down suddenly; turn or come down with a flop: as, to flop on one's knees.
    • flop To collapse; yield or break down suddenly.
    • flop To go over suddenly to another side or party; make a sudden change of association or allegiance.
    • n flop The act of flopping or flapping.
    • n flop A fall like that of a soft outspread body upon the ground.
    • n flop Something that flops or is capable of flopping or striking, as a fluid, semi-liquid, or gelatinous substance, against the side of a vessel containing it.
    • n flop A sudden collapse or breakdown, as of resistance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The high jump method of jumping head first and landing on the back is called the Fosbury Flop.
    • v.t Flop flop to cause to hang down
    • v.i Flop to plump down suddenly: to break down
    • n Flop a fall plump on the ground
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Quotations

  • Evelyn Waugh
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    “An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.”
  • Joan Baez
    Joan Baez
    “Nonviolence is a flop. The only bigger flop is violence.”
  • Joan Baez
    Joan Baez
    “The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of non-violence has been the organization of violence.”
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer
    Isaac Bashevis Singer
    “The second half of the twentieth century is a complete flop.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
A variant of flap,

Usage

In literature:

Astro flopped on his back in his bunk and went to sleep.
"Sabotage in Space" by Carey Rockwell
I flopped down promptly and began crawling about on the ground busily.
"August First" by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews and Roy Irving Murray
Every time By Gosh flopped an ear she thought he was trying to slap her in the face.
"I Married a Ranger" by Dama Margaret Smith
Never a flop of tail to indicate gratitude for blandishments, never the faintest symptom of canine appreciation.
"In Search of the Unknown" by Robert W. Chambers
Do you think it would be convenient if you had to flop yourself out on to the land every time you wanted a bite to eat?
"A Chinese Wonder Book" by Norman Hinsdale Pitman
One flopped so hard on landing that its tail rose in the air and it attempted a somersault.
"Space Tug" by Murray Leinster
You satisfy my tastes there entirely; you flow, but you don't flop.
"Franklin Kane" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Make Your Ears Go, Flop!
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
He dropped a large bull, which gave a convulsive flop and rolled into the water with a splash.
"The North Pole" by Robert E. Peary
Take the hook out of my mouth and don't make me flop.
"The Starbucks" by Opie Percival Read
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In poetry:

Or if he hung over the top,
He could go, but he never could stop;
For of course it is clear
He had no way to steer,
And under the wheel he would flop.
"A Bicycle Built For Two" by Carolyn Wells
Without rest or pause—while those frumious jaws
Went savagely snapping around-
He skipped and he hopped, and he floundered and flopped,
Till fainting he fell to the ground.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
And then his bark was stilled to a sigh
He flopped upon the floor;
But such a soft old mug am I
I threw awide the door;
So gaily, though the wind was high
We hiked across the moor.
"My Dog's My Boss" by Robert W Service
"Mornin'," I sez to 'im,
Gloomy, 'e seemed to be.
Glum an' unsociable. Comes in the shop
"Mornin'," I sez to 'im.
'E don't say anythin'.
"You're next," I sez; an' 'e sits with a flop.
"The Barber's Story" by C J Dennis
Grin on, Isham! Sing on, da'kies! But I flop my wings an' go
Fu' de sheltah of de ve'y highest tree,
Fu' dey 's too much close ertention--an' dey's too much fallin' snow--
An' it's too nigh Chris'mus mo'nin' now fu' me.
"Soliloquy Of A Turkey" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
I've flopped. It was the parson put me wise,
Before 'e left. I 'ad been full uv skite.
I was the 'ero uv the piece all right.
Me chest was out, me 'ead was twice the size
It used to be. I felt I was king-pin.
Did n't the papers 'ave me photer in?
"Narcissus" by C J Dennis

In news:

Robert Griffin III says roughing-the- passer penalty 'wasn't like a basketball flop.
Mitt Romney's Peevish , Prickly Debate Flop.
NBA will penalize players for flopping.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stop the flop.
Political Report, Wayne Greene: Fallin's flip-flop on SQ 762 perplexing .
MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Until Steven D Green was charged with raping an Iraqi woman and killing her family, his life seemed as unremarkable as the flip-flops and Johnny Cash shirt he wore to court.
Heels, flats, flip-flops… some of the trendiest shoes can be the riskiest.
One of the greatest obstacles to Mitt Romney's quest for the presidency has been his reputation for incessant flip-flopping.
As usual, the 30-year-old Vikings punter is dressed down: a pair of brown flip-flops, black basketball shorts, and a baggy zip-up sweatshirt.
Buy five pairs of flip-flops and a quart of Barton vodka: It's time to go back to school.
When Robbie Keane flips, the Galaxy rarely flops.
Flopped by history, BMW's 2002 Turbo of 1974.
Rock opera a 'Flop of Ages'.
Jeans, flip-flops and sweatsuits would be among the items banned.
Rompers are casual as it is, so don't just throw on flip-flops.
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In science:

FLOPS/sec, extraction would take hundreds of hours.
Improved Volterra Kernel Methods with Applications to the Visual System
The simpler FLOPs (floating point operation per second) measure cannot be used here since no floating point operations are taking place except when the generated number is scaled back to [0,1[ range.
Using graphics processing units to generate random numbers
The figure assumes that each SP is capable of executing 3 FLOPs per cycle (one fused multiply-add on the SP and one multiply on the SFU).
Using graphics processing units to generate random numbers
The maximal achievable operations per second figure in our case is therefore one third of the maximum theoretical FLOPs figure.
Using graphics processing units to generate random numbers
Per Galactic crossing time (250 Myr) this code then requires about 106 operations per star, resulting in a few times 107N Flop for simulating the field population.
Towards Distributed Petascale Computing
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