Definitions

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  • n. Rapid back and forth waving or oscillation.
  • v. Present participle of flutter.

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  • n. the motion made by flapping up and down

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Lumber was purchased and swathed in fluttering robes of Tyvek.

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  • It is the closest business to the intersection where the SSNP (Qom) flag is still fluttering from a barrel.

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  • Contrasting vividly with this ruin was the neat dresser, stained in the fashion, pale green, and with a number of copper and tin vessels below it, the wallpaper imitating blue and white tiles, and a couple of coloured supplements fluttering from the walls above the kitchen range.

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  • Or cast away as slain, she called their fluttering spirits back,

    Grace Darling Heroine of the Farne Islands

  • On my way home it snowed in fluttering flakes, and the frozen, ghostly moon was reflected in my dull-red sleeves of glossy silk.

    Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan

  • What a twittering and fluttering is there; what a show of gaping, clamouring mouths when the mother-bird brings a tit-bit home.

    Janey Canuck in the West

  • Miss Hazel fluttering from the door, in one breath welcomed the guests, presented the lieutenant, and ordered

    Jerry Junior

  • Some six or eight Arabs in fluttering white garments ran on ahead to bid us a last good-bye.

    A Thousand Miles Up the Nile

  • This fluttering is no doubt caused by some light puff of air setting the leaf in motion, and then dying away without any regular current to follow its course; the capricious movement continues until the force of the impulse is exhausted, and the giddy leaf has tired itself out.

    Rural Hours

  • To commemorate their secret love, Eleanor modeled for Montagu’s personal hood ornament, and Sykes crafted a figurine of her in fluttering robes, pressing a finger against her lips – to symbolize the secrets of their love.

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  • My adjectival use: 'The fluttering bird was struggling to be free of the net.'

    August 22, 2011

  • "The new understanding of wild black bear (Ursus americanus) behaviour unveiled by Prof Roger's research is depicted by the BBC natural history programme Natural World: 'Bearwalker of the Northwoods'. As part of the programme, the BBC film crew working with Prof Rogers recorded wild black bears mating for the first time. When the male bear mounts the female, his body shakes in a behaviour that Prof Rogers calls fluttering."
    - Matt Walker, The man who walks with bears, bbc.co.uk, 27 Oct 2009.

    October 27, 2009