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Noun: flutter  flú-tu(r)
  1. The act of moving back and forth
    - waver, flicker
  2. Abnormally rapid beating of the auricles of the heart (especially in a regular rhythm); can result in heart block
  3. A disorderly outburst or tumult
    - disturbance, disruption, commotion, hurly burly, to-do, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, kerfuffle, carry-on [Brit]
  4. The motion made by flapping up and down
    - flap, flapping, fluttering
  5. [Brit, informal] An act of gambling
    - bet, wager, punt [Brit, informal]
Verb: flutter  flú-tu(r)
  1. Move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
    "The hummingbird fluttered among the branches";
    - flit, fleet, dart
  2. Move back and forth very rapidly
    "the candle fluttered";
    - flicker, waver, flitter, quiver
  3. Flap the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements
    "The seagulls fluttered overhead"
  4. Beat rapidly
    "His heart fluttered";
    - palpitate
  5. Wink briefly
    "flutter one's eyelids";
    - bat

Derived forms: flutters, fluttered, fluttering

Type of: arrhythmia, beat, belt along, blink, bucket along, cannonball along, cardiac arrhythmia, disorder, flap, gambling, gaming, hasten, hie [archaic], hotfoot, hurry, motility, motion, move, move back and forth, movement, nictate, nictitate, pelt along, play, pound, race, rush, rush along, speed, step on it, thump, travel rapidly, undulation, wave, wink, zip

Encyclopedia: Flutter