• WordNet 3.6
    • n fluttering the motion made by flapping up and down
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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.


In literature:

Her eyelids fluttered, she gave a deep sigh, and looked with a perplexed doubt upon the world to which she had just returned.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
His left eyelid does a slow flutter.
"Wilt Thou Torchy" by Sewell Ford
As it was, he fluttered round the idea of letting me take his place.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The knight behind whom the banner royal of Scotland fluttered was a man of different mould.
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
She held it fluttering between a rosy thumb and finger in his direction.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
When he came in sight of home he saw a blue flutter at the gate.
"Jerome, A Poor Man" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Her spirit fluttered furiously as that of an escaped bird who fears recapture.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
Time and again the breeze fluttered the coveted money, and yet no boy had won the prize.
"From the Valley of the Missing" by Grace Miller White
He saw a flutter of blue in the garden, then a face like a rose overtopped the weeds.
"An Alabaster Box" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
Hollister fluttered the pages.
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair

In poetry:

The skylark, fluttering to be heard
In realms beyond his birth,
Soars vainly heavenward. Thou, wise bird!
Art satisfied with earth.
"A March Minstrel" by Alfred Austin
Is it a fluttering heart that gave
Too willingly and was reviled?
Is it the stammering at a grave,
The last word of a little child?
"The Orange Tree" by John Shaw Neilson
The white leaves float upon the air,
The red leaves flutter idly down,
Some fall upon her yellow gown,
And some upon her raven hair.
"Le Panneau" by Oscar Wilde
At the barren heart of midnight,
When the shadow shuts and opens
As the loud flames pulse and flutter,
I can hear a cistern leaking.
"Nocturn" by William Ernest Henley
So at night when the shadows grow dreary,
And a sorrow is in my breast,
And the wings of life grow weary,
And flutter as if for rest:
"He Came From A Land" by Alexander Anderson
On a litter white men bore him
Through the forest dear and damp,
Laid him, dying, where our banners
Brightly fluttered o'er our camp.
"Black Tom" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

Compressed air provides the energy to move the material while the edges of the disk flutter to provide gentle vibration to loosen the product.
As leaves flutter to the ground and the temperature begins to plummet, heating bills move in the opposite direction.
Should we call them flutter- bys .
Should we call them flutter -bys.
Butterflies flutter along with girl's spirit.
Flutter Waves in a Dialysis Patient.
Control Pointer Flutter Without Liquid Fill.
Performance pressure gauges eliminate pointer flutter in the presence of pump pulsation and high vibration.
Real or Just Flutter on Twitter.
PDX indie vets Wow and Flutter bring their weighty post-punk sound into the KEXP studio for a set of tracks from their latest release "Equilibrio".
NewsHour Plus Wired Check 4G, ' Flutter Tests' and March Madness.
Butterflies embroidered in Asia are fluttering whimsically all over daytime sweaters and evening dresses.
Snowflakes' flutter back and forth between Florida, Northern homes.
George Clooney, Vince Vaughn, Clive Owen — my hand did not shake when I extended it to them, and my heart did not flutter.
We started to look ahead to the NFL offseason as soon as Billy Cundiff's field goal fluttered off-target and we will dive headfirst into the offseason two weeks from now when the scouting combine begins in Indianapolis.

In science:

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