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flail

 (flāl)
n.
A manual threshing device consisting of a long wooden handle or staff and a shorter, free-swinging stick attached to its end.
v. flailed, flail·ing, flails
v.tr.
1. To beat or strike with or as if with a flail: flailed our horses with the reins.
2. To wave or swing vigorously; thrash: flailed my arms to get their attention.
3. To thresh using a flail.
v.intr.
1. To move vigorously or erratically; thrash about: arms flailing helplessly in the water.
2. To strike or lash out violently: boxers flailing at each other in the ring.
3. To make energetic but aimless or or ineffectual efforts: "As the end of law school approached, Hill flailed briefly in numerous professional directions" (Molly Worthen).
4. To thresh grain.

[Middle English, from Old English flegil and from Old French flaiel, both from Late Latin flagellum, threshing tool, from Latin flagrum, whip.]

flail

(fleɪl)
n
1. (Agriculture) an implement used for threshing grain, consisting of a wooden handle with a free-swinging metal or wooden bar attached to it
2. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a weapon so shaped used in the Middle Ages
vb
3. (tr) to beat or thrash with or as if with a flail
4. to move or be moved like a flail; thresh about: with arms flailing.
[C12 fleil, ultimately from Late Latin flagellum flail, from Latin: whip]

flail

(fleɪl)

n.
1. an instrument for threshing grain, consisting of a staff or handle to one end of which is attached a freely swinging stick or bar.
v.t., v.i.
2. to beat or swing with or as if with a flail.
[before 1100; Middle English fleil, Old English flighel. See flagellum]

flail

- Based on Latin flagellum, "whip."
See also related terms for whip.

flail


Past participle: flailed
Gerund: flailing

Imperative
flail
flail
Present
I flail
you flail
he/she/it flails
we flail
you flail
they flail
Preterite
I flailed
you flailed
he/she/it flailed
we flailed
you flailed
they flailed
Present Continuous
I am flailing
you are flailing
he/she/it is flailing
we are flailing
you are flailing
they are flailing
Present Perfect
I have flailed
you have flailed
he/she/it has flailed
we have flailed
you have flailed
they have flailed
Past Continuous
I was flailing
you were flailing
he/she/it was flailing
we were flailing
you were flailing
they were flailing
Past Perfect
I had flailed
you had flailed
he/she/it had flailed
we had flailed
you had flailed
they had flailed
Future
I will flail
you will flail
he/she/it will flail
we will flail
you will flail
they will flail
Future Perfect
I will have flailed
you will have flailed
he/she/it will have flailed
we will have flailed
you will have flailed
they will have flailed
Future Continuous
I will be flailing
you will be flailing
he/she/it will be flailing
we will be flailing
you will be flailing
they will be flailing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been flailing
you have been flailing
he/she/it has been flailing
we have been flailing
you have been flailing
they have been flailing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been flailing
you will have been flailing
he/she/it will have been flailing
we will have been flailing
you will have been flailing
they will have been flailing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been flailing
you had been flailing
he/she/it had been flailing
we had been flailing
you had been flailing
they had been flailing
Conditional
I would flail
you would flail
he/she/it would flail
we would flail
you would flail
they would flail
Past Conditional
I would have flailed
you would have flailed
he/she/it would have flailed
we would have flailed
you would have flailed
they would have flailed

Flail

A hand-threshing implement that consisted of two wooden sticks connected together by a flexible connection such as a piece of chain or a leather strap or thong. One of the sticks functioned as a handle while the other piece, the Swipple, was used to beat the grain loose from the stalks.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flail - an implement consisting of handle with a free swinging stick at the endflail - an implement consisting of handle with a free swinging stick at the end; used in manual threshing
implement - instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
Verb1.flail - give a thrashing to; beat hard
beat up, work over, beat - give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression; "Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night"; "The teacher used to beat the students"
drub, lick, clobber, cream, bat, thrash - beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight; "We licked the other team on Sunday!"
2.flail - move like a flail; thresh about; "Her arms were flailing"
flap, beat - move with a flapping motion; "The bird's wings were flapping"

flail

verb thrash, beat, windmill, thresh His arms were flailing in all directions.

flail

verb
1. To swing about or strike at wildly:
2. To beat (plants) with a machine or by hand to separate the grain from the straw:
Translations
cepřemdih
stridsplejl
ketjukuulanuijavarsta
fléaufléau d'armes
tritorium bellicum
strijdvlegelvlegel
řemdihremdik
млат
fäktaslagastridsgisselvifta

flail

[fleɪl]
A. N (Agr) → mayal m
B. VT
1. (Agr) → desgranar
2. (= beat) → golpear, azotar
3. (= agitate) [+ arms, legs] → agitar
C. VI to flail (about) [arms, legs] → agitarse; [person] → revolverse
I tried to grab his flailing armsintenté agarrarle los brazos que no paraba de agitar

flail

[ˈfleɪl]
vi [arms, legs] → battre l'air
vt [+ arms, legs] → agiter dans tous les sens
n (for winnowing)fléau m
flail around
vibattre l'air

flail

n(Dresch)flegel m
vtdreschen; he flailed his arms about or around wildlyer schlug wild (mit den Armen) um sich
vi to flail (about)herumfuchteln; the dying deer with its legs flailing in all directionsdas verendende Reh, das mit seinen Läufen nach allen Richtungen ausschlug

flail

[fleɪl] vi (arms, legs) → agitare
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Although the flail segment was still present, there was less paradoxical movement and repeated chest radiography showed early callus formation over some of the anterior ribs.
We extracted: (i) patient demographics: age, gender, mechanism of injury, injury severity score (ISS) and site of referral (scene or IHT); (ii) initial lactate value; (iii) presence of rib fractures (single and multiple fractures were included), pulmonary contusion, flail segments, sternal fracture or blunt aortic injury; (iv) other system injuries, which were divided into head, face, spine, abdomen, limb (either single or multiple) and external; (v) length of stay in the TICU; and (vi) in-hospital mortality and cause of death.
A chest X-ray showed bilateral lung contusions, subcutaneous emphysema and multiple rib fractures with flail segments.