Definitions

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

Etymologies

Onomatopoetic: most probably an imitation of the sound produced when walking in them. (Wiktionary)

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