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Flap vs. Shutter

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Flap

(of a bird) move (its wings) up and down when flying or preparing to fly
Gulls flapped around uttering their strange cries
A pheasant flapped its wings
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Shutter

Each of a pair of hinged panels fixed inside or outside a window that can be closed for security or privacy or to keep out the light
He threw open the shutters to let in air and light
Painted wooden shutters
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Flap

Be agitated or panicky
It's all right, Mother, don't flap
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Shutter

A device that opens and closes to expose the film in a camera.
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Flap

A thin, flat piece of cloth, paper, metal, etc. that is hinged or attached on one side only and covers an opening or hangs down from something
The flap of the envelope
He pushed through the tent flap
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Shutter

The blind enclosing the swell box in an organ, used for controlling the volume of sound.
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Flap

An act of flapping something, typically a wing or arm, up and down or from side to side
The surviving bird made a few final despairing flaps
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Shutter

Close the shutters of (a window or building)
The windows were shuttered against the afternoon heat
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Flap

A state of agitation; a panic
Your Gran was in a flap, worrying she'd put her foot in it
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Shutter

A hinged cover or screen for a window, usually fitted with louvers.
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Flap

A large broad mushroom.
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Shutter

A mechanical device of a camera that controls the duration of a photographic exposure, as by opening and closing to allow light coming through the lens to expose a plate or film.
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Flap

A type of consonant produced by allowing the tip of the tongue to strike the palate very briefly.
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Shutter

Shutters(Music) The movable louvers on a pipe organ, controlled by pedals, that open and close the swell box.
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Flap

A projecting or hanging piece usually attached to something on one side and often intended to protect or cover
The flap of an envelope.
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Shutter

To furnish or close with shutters
Locked the doors and shuttered the windows.
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Flap

Either of the folded ends of a book jacket that fit inside the front and back covers.
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Shutter

To cause to cease operations; close down
Shuttered the store for the holiday.
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Flap

A variable control surface on the trailing edge of an aircraft wing, used primarily to increase lift or drag.
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Shutter

One who shuts or closes something.
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Flap

(Medicine) A piece of tissue that has been partially detached and used in surgical grafting to fill an adjacent defect or cover the cut end of a bone after amputation.
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Shutter

Protective panels, usually wooden, placed over windows to block out the light.
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Flap

The act of waving or fluttering
The flap of the flag in the wind.
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Shutter

(photography) The part of a camera, normally closed, that opens for a controlled period of time to let light in when taking a picture.
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Flap

The sound produced by this motion.
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Shutter

(transitive) To close shutters covering.
Shutter the windows: there's a storm coming!
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Flap

(Linguistics) A sound articulated by a single, quick touch of the tongue against the teeth or alveolar ridge, as (t) in water. Also called tap1.
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Shutter

To close up (a building) for a prolonged period of inoccupancy.
It took all day to shutter the cabin now that the season has ended.
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Flap

(Informal) A commotion or disturbance
A flap in Congress over the defense budget.
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Shutter

(transitive) To cancel or terminate.
The US is seeking to get Iran to shutter its nuclear weapons program.
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Flap

(Archaic) A blow given with something flat; a slap.
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Shutter

One who shuts or closes.
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Flap

To move (wings or arms, for example) up and down.
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Shutter

A movable cover or screen for a window, designed to shut out the light, to obstruct the view, or to be of some strength as a defense; a blind.
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Flap

To cause to move or sway with a fluttering or waving motion
The wind is flapping the tent fly.
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Shutter

A removable cover, or a gate, for closing an aperture of any kind, as for closing the passageway for molten iron from a ladle.
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Flap

To cause to strike against something
Flapped the paper on the table.
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Shutter

A mechanical device of various forms, attached to the aperture of a camera lens for opening and closing to expose the plate. It is usually designed so that the time during which the aperture is opened may be varied by a manual dial or by some automatic mechanism, thereby allowing proper exposure of a photographic film under different intensities of light.
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Flap

To move wings or the arms up and down.
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Shutter

A mechanical device on a camera that opens and closes to control the time of a photographic exposure
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Flap

To fly by beating the air with the wings
The crow flapped away.
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Shutter

A hinged blind for a window
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Flap

To move or sway while fixed at one edge or corner; flutter
Banners flapping in the breeze.
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Shutter

Close with shutters;
We shuttered the window to keep the house cool
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Flap

Anything broad and flexible that hangs loose, or that is attached by one side or end and is easily moved.
A flap of a garment
The envelope flap seemed curiously wrinkled.
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Flap

A hinged leaf.
The flaps of a table
The flap of a shutter
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Flap

(aviation) A hinged surface on the trailing edge of the wings of an aeroplane, used to increase lift and drag.
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Flap

A side fin of a ray.
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Flap

The motion of anything broad and loose, or a sound or stroke made with it.
The flap of a sail
The flap of a wing
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Flap

A controversy, scandal, stir, or upset.
The comment caused quite a flap in the newspapers.
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Flap

(phonetics) A consonant sound made by a single muscle contraction, such as the sound /ɾ/ in the standard American English pronunciation of body.
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Flap

(surgery) A piece of tissue incompletely detached from the body, as an intermediate stage of plastic surgery.
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Flap

The labia, the vulva.
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Flap

(obsolete) A blow or slap (especially to the face).
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Flap

(obsolete) A young prostitute.
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Flap

(transitive) To move (something broad and loose) up and down.
The crow slowly flapped its wings.
Startled, the wood pigeon flew off, its wings flapping noisily.
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Flap

(intransitive) To move loosely back and forth.
The flag flapped in the breeze.
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Flap

Of a resource or network destination: to be advertised as being available and then unavailable (or available by different routes) in rapid succession.
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Flap

Anything broad and limber that hangs loose, or that is attached by one side or end and is easily moved; as, the flap of a garment.
A cartilaginous flap upon the opening of the larynx.
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Flap

A hinged leaf, as of a table or shutter.
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Flap

The motion of anything broad and loose, or a stroke or sound made with it; as, the flap of a sail or of a wing.
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Flap

A disease in the lips of horses.
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Flap

A movable part of an airplane wing, used to increase lift or drag, especially when taking off or landing. used often in the plural.
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Flap

To beat with a flap; to strike.
Yet let me flap this bug with gilded wings.
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Flap

To move, as something broad and flaplike; as, to flap the wings; to let fall, as the brim of a hat.
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Flap

To move as do wings, or as something broad or loose; to fly with wings beating the air.
The crows flapped over by twos and threes.
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Flap

To fall and hang like a flap, as the brim of a hat, or other broad thing.
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Flap

Any broad thin and limber covering attached at one edge; hangs loose or projects freely;
He wrote on the flap of the envelope
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Flap

An excited state of agitation;
He was in a dither
There was a terrible flap about the theft
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Flap

The motion made by flapping up and down
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Flap

A movable piece of tissue partly connected to the body
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Flap

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

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

Move noisily;
Flags flapped in the strong wind
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Flap

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

Move with a flapping motion;
The bird's wings were flapping
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Flap

Make a fuss; be agitated
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Flap

Pronounce with a flap, of alveolar sounds
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