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  • adjective That flaps or flap.
  • noun An instance where one flaps.
  • noun phonology A phonological process found in many dialects of English, especially American English and Canadian English, by which intervocalic /t/ and /d/ surface as the alveolar flap /ɾ/ before an unstressed syllable, so that words such as "metal" and "medal" are pronounced similarly or identically.
  • verb Present participle of flap.

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  • noun the motion made by flapping up and down


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