flit


flit
flit vb Flit, flutter, flitter, flicker, hover suggest the movements of a bird or other flying or floating thing and mean to move in a manner like or reminiscent of such movements
Flit implies a light and swift passing from place to place or point to point
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birds flitted from tree to tree

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the talk flitting from one subject to another and never dropping so long as the meal lasts— Arnold

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seemed to pass the whole of his life flitting in and out of bedrooms— Bennett

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Clare Potter, flushed and gallantly gay, flitting about from person to person— Rose Macaulay

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Flutter implies the movement of a bird rapidly beating its wings or the restless flitting of a moth about a light; it especially implies unsteadiness and agitation
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till she felt the heart within her fall and flutter tremulously— Tennyson

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gay moods and mysterious, moth-like meditations hover in my imagination . . . but always the rarest, those freaked with azure and the deepest crimson, flutter away beyond my reach— L. P. Smith

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a little dark shadow fluttered from the wall across the floor— Cat her

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her eyes . . . timidly fluttering over the depths of his— Meredith

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Flitter implies the lightness and quickness of movement suggested by flit but usually also suggests the uneasiness or uncertainty connoted by flutter
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the poor silly flittering woman

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children flittering here and there

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when he was pressed and irritated to condemn the Cardinal, his eyes flittered uncomfortably— Hackett

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flared and flittered around them like light gone mad— Rolvaag

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Flicker implies a light fluttering or a fitfully wavering movement
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translucent flickering wings between the sun and me— Stevenson

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thou small flame, which, as a dying pulse rises and falls, still flickerest up and down— Shelley

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fireflies flicker in the tops of trees— Lowell

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Hover implies a hanging suspended over something like a bird maintaining its position in the air by an even usually slow movement of the wings; the word frequently connotes irresolution, sometimes menace, sometimes solicitude
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vultures hovering over a battlefield

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beho!d him perched in ecstasies, yet seeming still to hoverWordsworth

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your servant . . . has been hovering about us and looking at you anxiously for some minutes— Shaw

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the shark was still hovering about— Birtles

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Analogous words: *fly, dart, skim, float, scud

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