Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To flutter.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To scatter in pieces.
  • noun One who flits.
  • To flutter.
  • To hang or droop.
  • To flutter; move rapidly backward and forward.
  • noun A small piece of anything, especially cloth; a shred; a tatter; a rag: generally in the plural: as, a garment torn all to flitters.
  • noun A minute square of thin metal, used in decoration; collectively, a quantity of such squares.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A rag; a tatter; a small piece or fragment.
  • transitive verb rare To flutter; to move quickly.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To flutter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb to move about rapidly and nimbly
  • verb to move quickly from one condition or location to another
  • verb to flutter or quiver
  • noun A rag; a tatter; a small piece or fragment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb move back and forth very rapidly

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Frequentative of flit.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

[Middle English flitten, from Old Norse flytja, to carry about, convey; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.]

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