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but·ter·fly

 (bŭt′ər-flī′)
n.
1. Any of numerous insects of the order Lepidoptera, having four broad, usually colorful wings, and generally distinguished from the moths by having a slender body and knobbed antennae and being active during the day.
2. A person interested principally in frivolous pleasure: a social butterfly.
3. Sports
a. A swimming stroke in which a swimmer lying face down draws both arms upward out of the water, thrusts them forward, and draws them back under the water in an hourglass design while performing a dolphin kick.
b. A race or a leg of a race in which this stroke is swum.
4. butterflies A feeling of unease or mild nausea caused especially by fearful anticipation.
tr.v. but·ter·flied, but·ter·fly·ing, but·ter·flies
To cut and spread open and flat, as shrimp.

[Middle English butterflye, from Old English butorflēoge : butor, butere, butter; see butter + flēoge, fly; see fly2.]
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butterfly

(ˈbʌtəˌflaɪ)
n, pl -flies
1. (Animals) any diurnal insect of the order Lepidoptera that has a slender body with clubbed antennae and typically rests with the wings (which are often brightly coloured) closed over the back. Compare moth
2. a person who never settles with one group, interest, or occupation for long
3. (Swimming, Water Sports & Surfing) a swimming stroke in which the arms are plunged forward together in large circular movements
4. (Stock Exchange) commerce the simultaneous purchase and sale of traded call options, at different exercise prices or with different expiry dates, on a stock exchange or commodity market
[Old English buttorflēoge; the name perhaps is based on a belief that butterflies stole milk and butter]
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but•ter•fly

(ˈbʌt ərˌflaɪ)

n., pl. -flies, n.
1. any of numerous flying insects of the order Lepidoptera that are active by day, characterized by clubbed antennae, a slender body, and broad, often conspicuously marked wings.
2. a person who flits aimlessly from one interest or group to another: a social butterfly.
3. butterflies, (used with a pl. v.) Informal. a queasy feeling, as from nervousness or excitement.
4. a racing breaststroke in which the swimmer brings both arms out of the water in forward, circular motions and kicks the legs up and down together.
v.t.
5. to slit open and flatten (food) to resemble the spread wings of a butterfly: butterflied shrimp.
[before 1000; Middle English boterflye, Old English buttorflēoge. See butter, fly2]
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but·ter·fly

(bŭt′ər-flī′)
Any of various insects having slender bodies, knobbed antennae, and four broad wings that are usually brightly colored. Unlike moths, butterflies tend to hold their wings upright and together when at rest. Compare moth.
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Arms plunge forward together in large circular movements; legs make two dolphin kicks with each stroke.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.butterfly - diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wingsbutterfly - diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings
lepidopteran, lepidopteron, lepidopterous insect - insect that in the adult state has four wings more or less covered with tiny scales
brush-footed butterfly, four-footed butterfly, nymphalid, nymphalid butterfly - medium to large butterflies found worldwide typically having brightly colored wings and much-reduced nonfunctional forelegs carried folded on the breast
ringlet butterfly, ringlet - any of various butterflies belonging to the family Satyridae
danaid, danaid butterfly - large tropical butterfly with degenerate forelegs and an unpleasant taste
pierid, pierid butterfly - any of numerous pale-colored butterflies having three pairs of well-developed legs
sulfur butterfly, sulphur butterfly - any of numerous yellow or orange butterflies
lycaenid, lycaenid butterfly - any of various butterflies of the family Lycaenidae
2.butterfly - a swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and downbutterfly - a swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and down
swimming stroke - a method of moving the arms and legs to push against the water and propel the swimmer forward
dolphin kick - a swimming kick; an up and down kick of the feet together
Verb1.butterfly - flutter like a butterfly
dart, fleet, flit, flutter - move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart; "The hummingbird flitted among the branches"
2.butterfly - cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking; "butterflied shrimp"
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
spread, unfold, open, spread out - spread out or open from a closed or folded state; "open the map"; "spread your arms"
3.butterfly - talk or behave amorously, without serious intentionsbutterfly - talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions; "The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries"; "My husband never flirts with other women"
talk, speak - exchange thoughts; talk with; "We often talk business"; "Actions talk louder than words"
wanton - engage in amorous play
vamp - act seductively with (someone)
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butterfly

noun
Related words
adjective lepidopterous
young caterpillar, chrysalis or chrysalid
enthusiast lepidopterist

Butterflies and moths

apollo, argus, bag moth (N.Z), bagworm moth, bell moth, bogong or bugong, brimstone, brown-tail moth, buff-tip moth, cabbage white, Camberwell beauty or (U.S.) mourning cloak, cardinal, carpenter moth, carpet moth, cleopatra, comma butterfly, copper, cecropia moth, cinnabar, clearwing or clearwing moth, Clifden nonpareil, codlin(g) moth, death's-head moth, drinker moth or drinker, egger or eggar, ermine moth or ermine, festoon, ghost moth, gipsy moth, goldtail moth or yellowtail (moth), grass moth, grayling, hairstreak, herald moth, hawk moth, sphinx moth, or hummingbird moth, house moth, Io moth, Kentish glory, kitten moth, lackey moth, lappet moth, large white or cabbage white, leopard moth, lobster moth, luna moth, magpie moth, marbled white, monarch, mother-of-pearl moth, Mother Shipton, old lady, orange-tip, painted lady, peacock butterfly, peppered moth, privet hawk, processionary moth, purple emperor, puss moth, red admiral, red underwing, ringlet, silver-Y, skipper, small white, snout, speckled wood, swallowtail, swift, tapestry moth, thorn (moth), tiger (moth), tussock moth, two-tailed pasha, umber (moth), vapourer moth, wave (moth), wax moth, honeycomb moth, or bee moth, wall brown, white, white admiral, winter moth, yellow, yellow underwing
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Translations
فَراشَةفَراشَه
пеперуда
motýl
sommerfugl
papilio
liblikas
perhonenperhosuinti
तितली
leptirdelfin
lepkepillangópillangóúszás
kupu-kupurama-rama
fiðrildifiîrildi
チョウ
나비
papilio
drugelisdrugyspeteliškė
tauriņš
sommerfuglbutterfly
fluture
motýľ
metulj
делфинлептир
fjärilfjärilsim
kipepeo
ผีเสื้อ
метелик
تتلی
con bướm

butterfly

[ˈbʌtəflaɪ]
A. N
1. (Zool) → mariposa f
I've got butterflies (in my stomach)tengo los nervios en el estómago, estoy nerviosísimo
2. (Swimming) → mariposa f
B. CPD butterfly effect Nefecto m mariposa
butterfly knot Nnudo m de lazo
butterfly mind Nmentalidad f frívola
butterfly net Nmanga f de mariposas
butterfly nut Ntuerca f de mariposa
butterfly stroke Nbraza f de mariposa
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

butterfly

[ˈbʌtərflaɪ] n
(= insect) → papillon m
to have butterflies in one's stomach → avoir le trac
(= butterfly stroke) → papillon m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

butterfly

n
Schmetterling m; I’ve got/I get butterflies (in my stomach)mir ist/wird ganz flau im Magen (inf), → mir ist/wird ganz mulmig zumute or zu Mute (inf)
(Swimming) → Schmetterlingsstil m, → Butterfly m; can you do the butterfly?können Sie Butterfly or den Schmetterlingsstil?

butterfly

:
butterfly bandage
nPflasterzugverband m
butterfly kiss
nSchmetterlingskuss m
butterfly net
butterfly nut
butterfly stroke
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butterfly

[ˈbʌtəˌflaɪ] n
a.farfalla
I've got butterflies (in my stomach) → ho il batticuore
b. (Swimming) (also butterfly stroke) → (nuoto a) farfalla
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

butterfly

(ˈbatəflai) plural ˈbutterflies noun
a type of insect with large (often coloured) wings.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

butterfly

فَراشَة motýl sommerfugl Schmetterling πεταλούδα mariposa perhonen papillon leptir farfalla チョウ 나비 vlinder sommerfugl motyl borboleta бабочка fjäril ผีเสื้อ kelebek con bướm 蝴蝶
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