Associations to the word «Butterfly»


BUTTERFLY, noun. A flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, distinguished from moths by their diurnal activity and generally brighter colouring. [from 11th c.]
BUTTERFLY, noun. (now) (rare) Someone seen as being unserious and (originally) dressed gaudily; someone flighty and unreliable. [from 17th c.]
BUTTERFLY, noun. The butterfly stroke. [from 20th c.]
BUTTERFLY, noun. A use of surgical tape, cut into thin strips and placed across an open wound to hold it closed.
BUTTERFLY, verb. To cut almost entirely in half and spread the halves apart, in a shape suggesting the wings of a butterfly.
BUTTERFLY, verb. To cut strips of surgical tape or plasters into thin strips, and place across a gaping wound to close it.
BUTTERFLY BALLOT, noun. A ballot paper with names down both sides and a single column of punch holes in the center.
BUTTERFLY BALLOTS, noun. Plural of butterfly ballot
BUTTERFLY BEND, noun. A type of bend knot, very similar to the butterfly knot, but used to join two ropes.
BUTTERFLY BENDS, noun. Plural of butterfly bend
BUTTERFLY BUSH, noun. Any buddleia, genus Buddleja.
BUTTERFLY BUSH, noun. The species Buddleja davidii and Buddleja globosa.
BUTTERFLY BUSH, noun. The butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa.
BUTTERFLY BUSH, noun. Rotheca myricoides.
BUTTERFLY CAKE, noun. A cupcake whose top section is cut out and replaced on a layer of butter cream, etc. in the approximate shape of a butterfly's wings.
BUTTERFLY CAKES, noun. Plural of butterfly cake
BUTTERFLY CLAM, noun. A species of mussel, Ellipsaria lineolata, that inhabits rivers in the southern United States
BUTTERFLY EFFECT, noun. The technical notion of sensitive dependence on initial conditions in chaos theory.
BUTTERFLY EFFECTS, noun. Plural of butterfly effect
BUTTERFLY FISH, noun. Any fish of the family Chaetodontidae.
BUTTERFLY FISH, noun. Pantodon buchholzi, a small brown fish of western African streams, often found in aquariums.
BUTTERFLY FISH, noun. The butterfly cod (Pterois volitans).
BUTTERFLY FISH, noun. The ocellated blenny (Opisthocentrus ocellatus).
BUTTERFLY FISH, noun. The flying gurnard (Dactyloptena orientalis).
BUTTERFLY FISH, noun. Exocoetus volitans, a flying fish of the Atlantic.
BUTTERFLY FISH, noun. A chiton, a mollusc of the class Polyplacophora.
BUTTERFLY FISH, noun. Any of several brightly colored fishes
BUTTERFLY KEYBOARD, noun. (computing) A kind of computer keyboard designed to consist of two separate halves, intended to facilitate typing with two hands.
BUTTERFLY KEYBOARDS, noun. Plural of butterfly keyboard
BUTTERFLY KISS, noun. A very light kiss.
BUTTERFLY KISSES, noun. Plural of butterfly kiss
BUTTERFLY KNIFE, noun. A folding pocket knife with two handles counter-rotating around the tang such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles.
BUTTERFLY KNIVES, noun. Plural of butterfly knife
BUTTERFLY KNOT, noun. A type of knot used to provide an anchor point on a long line. Much used by mountaineers. Also known as the Alpine butterfly knot.
BUTTERFLY KNOTS, noun. Plural of butterfly knot
BUTTERFLY MILKWEED, noun. Asclepias tuberosa, native to most of North America, except for the northwest.
BUTTERFLY NET, noun. A small net with attached handle used to collect butterflies and other insect species.
BUTTERFLY NETS, noun. Plural of butterfly net
BUTTERFLY PEA, noun. Any of the genus Centrosema of American vines.
BUTTERFLY RAY, noun. A ray (fish) of the family Gymnuridae (or, by some accounts, the subfamily Gymnurinae).
BUTTERFLY RAYS, noun. Plural of butterfly ray
BUTTERFLY STROKE, noun. A swimming stroke in which the body is prone, the arms are moved in simultaneous circles, and the feet are kicked up and down.
BUTTERFLY UPON A WHEEL, noun. An innocent person (usually a female) crushed by life's adversities.
BUTTERFLY VALVE, noun. A valve with a disk-shaped mechanism which can be used for isolating or regulating flow.
BUTTERFLY VALVES, noun. Plural of butterfly valve

Dictionary definition

BUTTERFLY, noun. Diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings.
BUTTERFLY, noun. A swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and down.
BUTTERFLY, verb. Flutter like a butterfly.
BUTTERFLY, verb. Cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking; "butterflied shrimp".
BUTTERFLY, verb. Talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions; "The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries"; "My husband never flirts with other women".

Wise words

A word carries far, very far, deals destruction through time as the bullets go flying through space.
Joseph Conrad