flurry

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v flurry cause to feel embarrassment "The constant attention of the young man confused her"
    • v flurry move in an agitated or confused manner
    • n flurry a rapid active commotion
    • n flurry a light brief snowfall and gust of wind (or something resembling that) "he had to close the window against the flurries","there was a flurry of chicken feathers"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Flurry A light shower or snowfall accompanied with wind. "Like a flurry of snow on the whistling wind."
    • Flurry A sudden and brief blast or gust; a light, temporary breeze; as, a flurry of wind.
    • Flurry The violent spasms of a dying whale.
    • v. t Flurry To put in a state of agitation; to excite or alarm.
    • Flurry Violent agitation; commotion; bustle; hurry. "The racket and flurry of London."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n flurry A state of perturbed action or feeling; a violent agitation, physical or mental; a disordered or excited movement; flutter; commotion: as, to be in a continual flurry; to raise a flurry in an assembly.
    • n flurry Specifically, of a whale, the death-agony; the spasmodic action of the animal while expiring. The head usually rises and falls, and the flukes strike the surface of the water rapidly, while the animal swims in a circle, till finally it rolls on its side dead.
    • n flurry A sudden brief movement of air; an irregular blast or gust: as, a flurry of wind.
    • n flurry A fluttering assemblage of things, as snow-flakes, carried by or passing through the air.
    • n flurry In calico-printing, a state of frothiness developed by some colors in the process of printing, due in some to quick printing and in others to slow printing. It is obviated by the use of glycerin, oil, turpentine, or alcohol.
    • flurry To produce agitation of feeling in; confuse by excitement or alarm.
    • flurry In heraldry, same as fleury.
    • n flurry The scum that forms on top of a dye-vat, as an indigo-blue vat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Flurry flur′i a sudden blast or gust: agitation: bustle: the death-agony of the whale: a fluttering assemblage of things, as snowflakes
    • v.t Flurry to agitate, to confuse:—pr.p. flurr′ying; pa.p. flurr′ied
    • v.i Flurry to fly up
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prov. E. flur, to ruffle

Usage

In literature:

Just then, however, Rosemonde came back again, feverish and flurried as usual.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
He waited for a good flurry of lightning, and I was slow tumbling down.
"The Gentleman From Indiana" by Booth Tarkington
As he looked the flurry of skirts subsided and she fell into stride, pursuing.
"The Black Bag" by Louis Joseph Vance
Both of you, my dear, I hope, after the first flurries are over.
"Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
She would have gone on again in a flurry; but that would have been too pointed.
"Gunman's Reckoning" by Max Brand
Then, as they regarded one another silently, a rustle, a flurry, sounded on the stairs.
"Dragon's blood" by Henry Milner Rideout
There was a flurry among the tall hats.
"Tutt and Mr. Tutt" by Arthur Train
Then one night we played off the stratagem, and flurried the sentries to such an extent that I got clear away.
"Hyacinth" by George A. Birmingham
There had been flurries of snow visible all the morning, but it was in the distance, and among the glittering bergs.
"The Sea Lions" by James Fenimore Cooper
He was merely flurried for a moment in his mind, and probably thinks me now, more than ever before, just what I think him.
"Great Possessions" by David Grayson
Precisely at three o'clock the local orator much flurried, rose, ran his hand through his long hair and looked in silence over the crowd.
"Christmas Eve on Lonesome and Other Stories" by John Fox, Jr.
Angela grew warm and flurried.
"The Port of Adventure" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
The same weather in every respect, with light snow flurries.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
A flurried hall-porter ran out to open the door, and we alighted opposite the main entrance.
"John Thorndyke's Cases" by R. Austin Freeman
Sometimes, in moments of flurry or excitement, an aspirate miscarried.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
Desire's face flushed, and her manner grew suddenly flurried.
"Real Folks" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
The wind was rising and the threatened flurries of rain came, beating against the cottage.
"The Forest of Swords" by Joseph A. Altsheler
She was in a flurry at once.
"Left on the Labrador" by Dillon Wallace
A little flurry of voices followed.
"Wayside Courtships" by Hamlin Garland
This flurry during the afternoon is an outcome of his disappearance.
"Ruth Fielding at the War Front" by Alice B. Emerson
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In poetry:

The scanty grass-blades yonder shake,
A tremulous flurry takes the smoke,
And ancient memories start awake
At pungent scent of fig and oak.
"The Domain" by John Le Gay Brereton
Never mind then—at him again!
His flurry now can't last long;
He'll never again see land—
Try that on him, Marchand!
On him again, brave Strong!
"The Bay-Fight" by Henry Howard Brownell
What secret trouble stirs thy breast?
Why all this fret and flurry?
Dost thou not know that what is best
In this too restless world is rest
From over-work and worry?
"Mad River, In The White Mountains" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Along the narrow sandy height
I watch them swiftly come and go,
Or round the leafless wood,
Like flurries of wind-driven snow,
Revolving in perpetual flight,
A changing multitude.
"Snowbirds" by Archibald Lampman
If we knew the language, we should hear strange things;
Mrs. Chirry, Mrs. Flurry, deep in private chat.
"How are all your nestlings, dear? Do they use their wings?
What was that sad tale about a cat?"
"Secrets" by Susan Coolidge
Bared are the brown tenements, and all the world may see
What Mrs. Chirry, Mrs. Flurry, hid so close that day.
In the place of rustling wings, cold winds rustling be,
And thickly lie the icicles where once the warm brood lay.
"Secrets" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

High Street welcomes flurry of shops.
Randolph's late flurry powers Grizzlies past Suns in OT.
Hartford's Metro Center Draws Flurry of Buyer Interest.
A late scoring flurry helped Purdue keep the Old Oaken Bucket.
Snowy conditions cause a flurry of accidents.
Football Friday Flurry Week 12.
Padres Finish August With A Flurry .
Dense, freezing fog and patchy flurries will persist in El Paso County this morning.
Not as cold due to extensive low clouds… Fog & flurries will be the most prominent weather tonight…Low 25.
Rain, wind, mountain snow, desert flurries.
Santa arrives in style , bringing with him snow flurries from the North Pole and lots of activities for kids to stay entertained all day.
Second-period flurry lifts Generals past ' Jacks .
It was another day at the office for the Mount Union Purple Raiders, only this time the office was cold and windy with snow flurries.
The STL Loud 4 showcase took place at Pridefest 2012 in Tower Grove Park and hosted a flurry of amazing acts.
George scored 14 points during a third-quarter flurry that changed the game.
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In science:

The HH results stimulated a flurry of research and development aimed at improving introductory mechanics courses.
Lessons From the Physics-Education Reform Effort
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