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Meaning of “flap” in the English Dictionary

"flap" in British English

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flapverb

uk   us   /flæp/ (-pp-)

flapnoun

uk   us   /flæp/
  • flap noun (ADDITIONAL PIECE)

[C] a ​piece of ​cloth or other ​materialfixed along one ​edge, ​especially used for ​covering or ​closing something: a ​pocket flap a ​tent flap (= a ​piece of ​cloth that ​acts like a ​door) A ​small flap of ​skin can be ​seen above the ​wound.
  • flap noun (AIRCRAFT PART)

[C] specialized engineering part of the back of an ​aircraftwing that can be ​moved up or down to ​help the ​aircraft go up or down
(Definition of flap from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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flapverb [I/T]

 us   /flæp/ (-pp-)
(of a bird’s ​wings) to ​wave up and down while ​flying, or (of ​objects that cannot ​fly) to move ​quickly from ​side to ​side or up and down: [T] A ​smallbird flapped ​itswings. [I] Flags flapped in the ​breeze.

flapnoun [C]

 us   /flæp/
  • flap noun [C] (PIECE)

a ​piece of ​cloth or other ​materialattached along one ​edge to something ​else: a ​pocket/​tent flap
  • flap noun [C] (EMOTIONAL STATE)

a ​state of ​excitement or ​worry: She caused a ​big flap when she told her ​husband about her ​parents’ ​visit.
  • flap noun [C] (WAVE)

a ​wavingmovement from ​side to ​side or up and down: The ​birdflew into the ​air with a flap of ​itswings.
(Definition of flap from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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