• WordNet 3.6
    • v flutter wink briefly "bat one's eyelids"
    • v flutter move back and forth very rapidly "the candle flickered"
    • v flutter beat rapidly "His heart palpitated"
    • v flutter move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart "The hummingbird flitted among the branches"
    • v flutter flap the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements "The seagulls fluttered overhead"
    • n flutter the act of moving back and forth
    • n flutter the motion made by flapping up and down
    • n flutter a disorderly outburst or tumult "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"
    • n flutter abnormally rapid beating of the auricles of the heart (especially in a regular rhythm); can result in heart block
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The telegraph plant of Asia has leaves that flutter constantly, even when there is no breeze.
    • Flutter Hurry; tumult; agitation of the mind; confusion; disorder.
    • Flutter The act of fluttering; quick and irregular motion; vibration; as, the flutter of a fan. "The chirp and flutter of some single bird"
    • Flutter To drive in disorder; to throw into confusion. "Like an eagle in a dovecote, I Fluttered your Volscians in Corioli."
    • Flutter To vibrate or move quickly; as, a bird flutters its wings.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flutter To float; undulate; fluctuate.
    • flutter To move up and down or to and fro in quick irregular motions; vibrate, throb, or move about rapidly or variably; hover or waver in quick motion.
    • flutter To be in agitation; fluctuate in feeling; be in uncertainty; hang on the balance.
    • flutter To be frivolous or foppish; play the part of a beau of the period; fly from one thing to another.
    • flutter To move in quick irregular motions; agitate; vibrate: as, a bird fluttering its wings.
    • flutter To cause to flutter; disorder; throw into confusion.
    • n flutter Quick and irregular motion, as of wings; rapid vibration, undulation, or pulsation: as, the flutter of a fan or of the heart.
    • n flutter Agitation; confusion; confused or excited feeling or action.
    • n flutter A flow of mingled water and steam from the gage-cocks of a steam-boiler. This occurs in locomotives when the boiler primes, or works water into the cylinders.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Flutter flut′ėr to move about with bustle: to vibrate: to be in agitation or in uncertainty:
    • v.t Flutter to throw into disorder: to move in quick motions
    • n Flutter quick, irregular motion: agitation: confusion: a hasty game at cards, &c
    • v.i Flutter flut′ėr (obs.) to be frivolous
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  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Stern accuracy in inquiring, bold imagination in describing, these are the cogs on which history soars or flutters and wobbles.”


Flutter the dovecotes - (UK) Something that flutters the dovecots causes alarm or excitement.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. flotorian, to float about, from flot, the sea, stem of fléotan, to float.


In literature:

The bright eyes grew dimmer and then fluttered close.
"Riders of the Silences" by John Frederick
Her dress fluttered even these students.
"Mary Gray" by Katharine Tynan
In the underbrush near him, the boy became aware of fluttering noise.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
Partly unfolding the next two Alfred followed their fluttering course to the earth with his gaze.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
And after the first fluttered impulse came a certain reassurance in such a frank and trivial action.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
We thought every sound was the flutter of our parents' wings.
"Stories of Birds" by Lenore Elizabeth Mulets
Faster and faster fluttered her heart, and faster and faster moved her feet.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
But here and there the white wings of a sailing vessel flutter or a slight puff of smoke floats above a steamer.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
That's our esteemed fellow-citizen, young Flutter.
"The Blunders of a Bashful Man" by Metta Victoria Fuller Victor
Once down, however, he shook his fluttered plumes, and crowed like any chanticleer.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed

In poetry:

So hard they split their pants,
And their shirt-tails flutter
In the winds of winter.
"The Runaways/ Les Effares" by Arthur Rimbaud
Pink rose-petals
Fluttering down in hosts,
I know what you mean
Sometimes, in Spring.
It is love you mean.
"Pink Rose-Petals" by Hilda Conkling
This is the song of the Yellow-throat,
Fluttering gaily beside you;
Hear how each voluble note
Offers to guide you:
"The Angler’s Reveille" by Henry Van Dyke
The wall between is grown so thin
That whoso peers may see
A flutter of rose, a living green
Like new leaves on a tree.
"The Wall Between" by Katharine Tynan
With a little, shining kerchief,
Fluttering upon the breezes,
Unto me he sends a greeting,
From afar he waves farewell.
"The Phantom Vessel" by Morris Rosenfeld
Go, and come again, and flutter
On the verge of life,—then flee!
All the white ambrosial beauty
Is a lustrous Laurel Tree!
"Daphne" by George Meredith

In news:

As the Hamptons season wraps for the summer, the David Beckham of the polo field unveils his plans for taking over America, one fluttering heart at a time.
The gull swirled to the ground and fluttered around on the fairway.
So when this remix of "That's Not my Name" fluttered into my inbox three minutes ago, I dropped everything to bring it right to my peeps ears.
O' somewhere flags may flutter, and somewhere bands may play.
A flag with images of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flutters in East Belfast , Northern Ireland.
Kami Miller's heart flutters irregularly, she needs an inhaler to breathe and she's been diagnosed with thyroid problems.
A few yellow leaves fluttered down around us.
A US flags flutters in the wind in front of a sign for a McDonald's restaurant in Los Angeles in this April 4, 2011 file photo REUTERS/Ma.
A flag with images of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flutters in East Belfast, Northern Ireland.
"I have feelings for my handyman ," my friend Nancy confessed with a sigh and a flutter of lashes.
Of course, Millennium Park workers would be plowing the pavement, but still, if it snows at night, the snowflakes would be illuminated as they fluttered to the ground.
A Greek flag flutters in front of the moon in Athens November 26, 2012 REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis.
I found myself surrounded by 200 of the fluttering creatures.
The spoof newspaper The Onion apparently made some hearts flutter in China, thanks to a phony story it ran naming North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un the paper's "Sexiest Man Alive" for 2012.
File photo of a US flag fluttering in the wind in front of a sign for a McDonald's restaurant in Los Angeles ( MARIO ANZUONI, REUTERS / December 10, 2012 ).

In science:

Flutter analysis of a two-dimensional airfoil with nonlinear springs based on center-manifold reduction.
Low-Dimensional Modelling of Dynamical Systems