Flap in a sentence as a noun

Thus, I really don't get what all the flap about Mir is.

The head will flap about with the slightest motion like a flag in a vacuum.

His motion looks like a kite, when he's flapping wildly the front of his chest stays pretty stable and looks like it's anchored.

BGP routers here flap very often, nuking TCP connections because hey, power cuts.

Someone then said: "Saying that Deep Blue doesn't really think is like saying an airplane doesn't really fly because it doesn't flap its wings.

Could she be expecting to keep her personal life, as much as possible, separate from the whole flap on the internet?

Presumably you're just reacting to the gotofail media flap.

For several hundred years, inventors tried to learn to fly by creating contraptions that flapped their wings, often with feathers included.

The other day I was looking across the room at a box with a dark-colored top flap and I felt deeply claustrophobic and acutely oppressed.

Flap in a sentence as a verb

Remember that recent flap about iOS apps uploading users' entire Contacts list for non-relevant uses?

In one flap of the wings of one of the bees I bet a naive brute-force algorithm could have solved the entire instance these researchers threw at the bees with time to spare.

I feel like Apple learned the wrong lesson from the huge flap last year that suddenly jammed "skeuomorphism" into all our vocabularies.

When two people flap their gums at each other for a few minutes, it increases their comfort with each other and that social comfort helps keep society glued together.

I remember watching some cartoon where some aliens are watching humans converse and they interrupt by saying "ritual gum flapping time is over".

We had to have the water tank held in with a removable flap rather than a door because our main competitor had patented 'holding the tank in with a hinged flap/door'.

"When one knew that any document was due for destruction... it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away..."

The two examples he gave were that when doing an amputation, he wouldn't leave a flap of skin to cover the stump; and that his sutures were "almost thick enough to be twine", leading to huge, ropey scars where other surgeons were routinely making their work invisible.

Flap definitions


any broad thin and limber covering attached at one edge; hangs loose or projects freely; "he wrote on the flap of the envelope"


an excited state of agitation; "he was in a dither"; "there was a terrible flap about the theft"

See also: dither pother fuss tizzy


the motion made by flapping up and down

See also: flapping flutter fluttering


a movable piece of tissue partly connected to the body


a movable airfoil that is part of an aircraft wing; used to increase lift or drag

See also: flaps


move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion; "The curtains undulated"; "the waves rolled towards the beach"

See also: roll undulate wave


move noisily; "flags flapped in the strong wind"


move with a thrashing motion; "The bird flapped its wings"; "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky"

See also: beat


move with a flapping motion; "The bird's wings were flapping"

See also: beat


make a fuss; be agitated

See also: dither pother


pronounce with a flap, of alveolar sounds