from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The movement or sound of repeated flapping.
- n. Informal A reversal, as of a stand or position: a foreign policy flip-flop.
- n. A backless, often foam rubber sandal held to the foot at the big toe by means of a thong.
- n. A backward somersault or handspring.
- n. Electronics An electronic circuit or mechanical device capable of assuming either of two stable states, especially a computer circuit used to store a single bit of information.
- intransitive v. To move back and forth between two conditions or circumstances, sometimes repeatedly: "The weather has flip-flopped between sweltering heat and violent storms” ( New York Times).
- intransitive v. To reverse a stand or position: "With the board having flip-flopped over zoning issues in the last several years, residents are looking to this fall's election for clarity” ( Eugene L. Meyer).
- intransitive v. To execute a backward somersault or handspring.
- transitive v. To move from one position to the reverse or opposite: The coach flip-flopped the linemen.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sandal, usually of rubber, secured to the foot by two straps mounted between the big toe and its neighbour.
- n. An instance of flip-flopping, of repeatedly changing one's stated opinion about a matter.
- n. An electronic circuit (a bistable multivibrator) that has two stable states and is thereby capable of serving as one bit of memory.
- v. To alternate back and forth between directly opposite opinions, ideas, or decisions.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a decision to reverse an earlier decision
- v. reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
- n. a backless sandal held to the foot by a thong between the big toe and the second toe
- n. a backward somersault
- n. an electronic circuit that can assume either of two stable states
Onomatopoetic: most probably an imitation of the sound produced when walking in them. (Wiktionary)