Definitions for: Flutter

[n] the act of moving back and forth
[n] the motion made by flapping up and down
[n] a disorderly outburst or tumult; "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"
[n] abnormally rapid beating of the auricles of the heart (especially in a regular rhythm); can result in heart block
[v] wink briefly; "bat one's eyelids"
[v] move back and forth very rapidly, as of a candle
[v] beat rapidly; "His heart palpitated"
[v] move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart

Webster (1913) Definition: Flut"ter, v. t.
1. To vibrate or move quickly; as, a bird flutters its wings.

2. To drive in disorder; to throw into confusion.

Like an eagle in a dovecote, I Fluttered your
Volscians in Corioli. --Shak.

Flut"ter, n.
1. The act of fluttering; quick and irregular motion;
vibration; as, the flutter of a fan.

The chirp and flutter of some single bird --Milnes.

2. Hurry; tumult; agitation of the mind; confusion; disorder.

Flutter wheel, a water wheel placed below a fall or in a
chute where rapidly moving water strikes the tips of the
floats; -- so called from the spattering, and the
fluttering noise it makes.

Synonyms: bat, commotion, dart, disruption, disturbance, flap, flapping, fleet, flicker, flicker, flit, flitter, fluttering, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, palpitate, quiver, stir, to-do, turmoil, waver, waver

See Also: arrhythmia, beat, blink, butterfly, cardiac arrhythmia, disorder, garboil, hurry, incident, motility, motion, move, move back and forth, movement, nictate, nictitate, pound, speed, storm, storm center, storm centre, tempest, thump, travel rapidly, tumult, tumultuousness, undulation, uproar, wave, wink, zip

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