flutter
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flutter(
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to move quickly)
a. aletear (wings)
Have you seen how fast a hummingbird's wings can flutter?¿Has visto qué tan rápido pueden aletear las alas de un colobrí?
The ballerina softly fluttered her arms just before bursting onto the stage like a bolt of lightning.La bailarina suavemente aleteó los brazos justo antes de brincar al escenario como una ráfaga de luz.
b. revolotear (animal)
Luisa heard a bird flutter in the field.Luisa oyó un pájaro revolotear en el campo.
c. ondear (flag)
An enormous American flag fluttered out in front of the car dealership.Una enorme bandera estadounidense ondeaba frente a la concesionaria de autos.
d. agitarse
Before the storm started, the leaves on the trees were fluttering strongly.Antes de que empezara la tormenta, las hojas de los árboles se agitaban con fuerza.
2. (medicine)
a. palpitar
The cardiologist could see from the EKG that Justicia's heart was fluttering.La cardióloga pudo ver en el electrocardiograma que el corazón de Justicia estaba palpitando.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to move rapidly)
a. batir
The little hummingbird fluttered its wings and extracted pollen from the flower.El pequeño colibrí batió las alas y extrajo polen de la flor.
b. agitar
The girls fluttered their handkerchiefs to the sailors on the ship.Las chicas agitaron sus pañuelos a los marineros en el navío.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (flapping)
a. el aleteo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(wings)
The attendees of the wedding heard the sudden flutter of doves taking flight.Los invitados de la boda oyeron el aleteo repentino de palomas alzando el vuelo.
5. (eye movement)
a. el pestañeo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The flutter of Benjamin's eyes became quicker when he was lying.El pestañeo de Benjamin se hacía más rápido cuando mentía.
b. el parpadeo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Hannah felt a sudden eyelid flutter, which made her think that maybe she had had one espresso too many.Hannah sintió un parpadeo repentino que le hizo pensar que quizá había tomado más café exprés del que debía.
6. (excited activity)
a. el revuelo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You could feel the flutter in town the day before Christmas.Se podía sentir el revuelo en el pueblo el día antes de Navidad.
7. (sound)
a. la oscilación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There is an occasional flutter in the tape reel, but the overall sound quality is quite good.Hay una oscilación en el carrete de la cinta de vez en cuando, pero la calidad acústica en general, es bastante buena.
8. (aviation)
a. la vibración
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It was determined that a tail flutter had caused the plane to crash.Se determinó que una vibración en la cola del avión había provocado el choque.
9. (medicine)
a. la palpitación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The doctors believed that the patient's atrial flutter had caused him to develop a thrombus.Los doctores creían que la palpitación auricular del paciente había provocado que se le desarrollara un trombo.
10.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(small bet) (United Kingdom)
a. la pequeña apuesta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Roger's flutter earned him enough money to buy all the lads a pint.La pequeña apuesta de Roger le hizo ganar dinero suficiente como para invitarles una pinta a todos los muchachos.
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flutter
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (of wings)
a. el aleteo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
2. (of eyelids)
a. el parpadeo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
3. (fig)
a.
in a flutter of excitementen un revuelo de emoción
4. (colloquial) (United Kingdom)
a. la apuesta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(bet)
to have a flutterhacer una pequeña apuesta
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (general)
a.
to flutter its wingsbatir las alas
she fluttered her eyelashes at himlo miró pestañeando con coquetería
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (birds, insects)
a. aletear
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flutter [ˈflʌtəʳ]
noun
1 (movement) [of wings] aleteo (m); [of eyelashes] pestañeo (m)
2 (tremor)
to be in a flutter estar nervioso; to cause a flutter causar revuelo; to feel a flutter of excitement estremecerse de la emoción; there was a flutter of fear in her voice la voz le temblaba por el miedo
3 (bet)
to have a flutter echar una apuesta; to have a flutter on a race apostar a un caballo
transitive verb
[+wings] batir
the sparrow was fluttering its wings el gorrión batía las alas; el gorrión aleteaba; to flutter one's eyelashes at sb hacer ojitos a algn
intransitive verb
[+bird] revolotear; [+butterfly] mover las alas; [+flag] ondear; [+heart] palpitar
a leaf came fluttering down una hoja cayó balanceándose; the bird fluttered about the room el pájaro revoloteaba por la habitación; a butterfly fluttered away una mariposa pasó revoloteando
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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