Definitions for flutterˈflʌt ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

flut•terˈflʌt ər(v.i.)

  1. to wave or flap about:

    Banners fluttered in the breeze.

  2. to flap the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements.

  3. to move in quick, irregular motions; vibrate.

  4. to beat rapidly, as the heart.

  5. to be tremulous or agitated.

  6. to go with irregular motions or aimless course.

  7. (v.t.)to cause to flutter.

  8. to throw into nervous or tremulous excitement or agitation.

  9. (n.)a fluttering movement.

  10. a state of nervous excitement or mental agitation:

    a flutter of anticipation.

  11. a stir; flurry.

  12. a variation in pitch resulting from rapid fluctuations in the speed of a sound recording.

    Category: Hi-Fi and Audio

    Ref: Compare wow2. 2 1

  13. Chiefly Brit. a small wager or speculative investment.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, British

Origin of flutter:

bef. 1000; ME floteren, OE floterian, freq. of flotian to float


Princeton's WordNet

  1. waver, flutter, flicker(noun)

    the act of moving back and forth

  2. flutter(noun)

    abnormally rapid beating of the auricles of the heart (especially in a regular rhythm); can result in heart block

  3. disturbance, disruption, commotion, flutter, hurly burly, to-do, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, kerfuffle(noun)

    a disorderly outburst or tumult

    "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"

  4. flap, flapping, flutter, fluttering(verb)

    the motion made by flapping up and down

  5. flit, flutter, fleet, dart(verb)

    move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart

    "The hummingbird flitted among the branches"

  6. flicker, waver, flitter, flutter, quiver(verb)

    move back and forth very rapidly

    "the candle flickered"

  7. flutter(verb)

    flap the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements

    "The seagulls fluttered overhead"

  8. palpitate, flutter(verb)

    beat rapidly

    "His heart palpitated"

  9. bat, flutter(verb)

    wink briefly

    "bat one's eyelids"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. flutter(verb)ˈflʌt ər

    to move with light quick movements

    The butterfly's wings fluttered.


  1. flutter(Noun)

    The act of fluttering.

  2. flutter(Noun)

    A state of agitation.

  3. flutter(Noun)

    An abnormal rapid pulsation of the heart.

  4. flutter(Noun)

    A small bet or risky investment.

  5. flutter(Verb)

    To flap or wave quickly but irregularly.

    flags fluttering in the wind

  6. flutter(Verb)

    Of a winged animal: to flap the wings without flying; to fly with a light flapping of the wings.

  7. flutter(Verb)

    To cause something to flap.

  8. Origin: From floteren, from floterian, flotorian. Cognate with fluttern, fluddern. Related to flutur. More at float.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flutter(verb)

    to vibrate or move quickly; as, a bird flutters its wings

  2. Flutter(verb)

    to drive in disorder; to throw into confusion

  3. Flutter(noun)

    the act of fluttering; quick and irregular motion; vibration; as, the flutter of a fan

  4. Flutter(noun)

    hurry; tumult; agitation of the mind; confusion; disorder


  1. Flutter

    In electronics and communication, flutter is the rapid variation of signal parameters, such as amplitude, phase, and frequency. Examples of electronic flutter are: ⁕Rapid variations in received signal levels, such as variations that may be caused by atmospheric disturbances, antenna movements in a high wind, or interaction with other signals. ⁕In radio propagation, a phenomenon in which nearly all radio signals that are usually reflected by ionospheric layers in or above the E-region experience partial or complete absorption. ⁕In radio transmission, rapidly changing signal levels, together with variable multipath time delays, caused by reflection and possible partial absorption of the signal by aircraft flying through the radio beam or common scatter volume. ⁕The variation in the transmission characteristics of a loaded telephone line caused by the action of telegraph direct currents on the loading coils. ⁕In recording and reproducing equipment, the deviation of frequency caused by irregular mechanical motion, e.g., that of capstan angular velocity in a tape transport mechanism, during operation.

Translations for flutter

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a quick irregular movement (of a pulse etc)

She felt a flutter in her chest.

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