flitting


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flit

 (flĭt)
intr.v. flit·ted, flit·ting, flits
1. To move about rapidly and nimbly.
2. To move quickly from one condition or location to another.
n.
1. A fluttering or darting movement.
2. Informal An empty-headed, silly, often erratic person.

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

flit′ter n.

flitting

(ˈflɪtɪŋ) or

flyting

n
dialect Scot and Northern English a move to another house
Translations
إنْتِقال بِسُرْعَه
poletování
flagrenflyvensusen
röpdösés
flökt
poletovanie
uç ma

flitting

[ˈflɪtɪŋ] N (N Engl, Scot) → mudanza f

flit

(flit) past tense, past participle ˈflitted verb
to move quickly and lightly from place to place. Butterflies flitted around in the garden.
ˈflitting noun
References in classic literature ?
The place, seen by its dim and uncertain light, appeared like the shades of the infernal regions, across which unhappy ghosts and savage demons were flitting in multitudes.
There he seemed to sit, with a dim veil of decay and ruin betwixt him and the world, but through which, at flitting intervals, might be caught the same expression, so refined, so softly imaginative, which Malbone--venturing a happy touch, with suspended breath --had imparted to the miniature
A better book than I shall ever write was there; leaf after leaf presenting itself to me, just as it was written out by the reality of the flitting hour, and vanishing as fast as written, only because my brain wanted the insight, and my hand the cunning, to transcribe it.
Perhaps they were; or perhaps there might have been shoals of them in the far horizon; but lulled into such an opium-like listlessness of vacant, unconscious reverie is this absent-minded youth by the blending cadence of waves with thoughts, that at last he loses his identity; takes the mystic ocean at his feet for the visible image of that deep, blue, bottomless soul, pervading mankind and nature; and every strange, half-seen, gliding, beautiful thing that eludes him; every dimly-discovered, uprising fin of some undiscernible form, seems to him the embodiment of those elusive thoughts that only people the soul by continually flitting through it.
Who can tell how appalling to the wounded whale must have been such huge phantoms flitting over his head
He was working among the theater crowds, flitting here and there, taking large chances with the police, in his desperation half hoping to be arrested.
and ever more strenuously imploring atten- tion with each repetition, ever more sharply realizing itself to their imaginations, until even in their sleep they would find no rest from it, but hear the vague and flitting creatures of the dreams say, ALL ENG- LAND -- ALL ENGLAND
One afternoon I got lost in the woods about a mile from the hotel, and presently fell into a train of dreamy thought about animals which talk, and kobolds, and enchanted folk, and the rest of the pleasant legendary stuff; and so, by stimulating my fancy, I finally got to imagining I glimpsed small flitting shapes here and there down the columned aisles of the forest.
All the news that could be gained was that remotenesses of the cavern were being ransacked that had never been visited before; that every corner and crevice was going to be thoroughly searched; that wherever one wandered through the maze of passages, lights were to be seen flitting hither and thither in the distance, and shoutings and pistol- shots sent their hollow reverberations to the ear down the sombre aisles.
I wonder what thoughts are busy in your heart during all the hours you sit in yonder room with the fine people flitting before you like shapes in a magic-lantern: just as little sympathetic communion passing between you and them as if they were really mere shadows of human forms, and not the actual substance.
Both the expressions flitting over her face, and the changes of her moods, began to alarm me terribly; and brought to my recollection her former illness, and the doctor's injunction that she should not be crossed.
We were not far from Blackfriars Bridge, when he turned his head and pointed to a solitary female figure flitting along the opposite side of the street.