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Definition 1: a swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and down - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for butterfly in the sense of this definition

(butterfly is a kind of ...) a method of moving the arms and legs to push against the water and propel the swimmer forward

(butterfly is a part of ...) a swimming kick; an up and down kick of the feet together

Definition 2: diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings - [noun denoting animal]

(butterfly is a kind of ...) insect that in the adult state has four wings more or less covered with tiny scales

(... is a kind of butterfly ) medium to large butterflies found worldwide typically having brightly colored wings and much-reduced nonfunctional forelegs carried folded on the breast

(... is a kind of butterfly ) any of various butterflies belonging to the family Satyridae

(... is a kind of butterfly ) large tropical butterfly with degenerate forelegs and an unpleasant taste

(... is a kind of butterfly ) any of numerous pale-colored butterflies having three pairs of well-developed legs

(... is a kind of butterfly ) any of numerous yellow or orange butterflies

(... is a kind of butterfly ) any of various butterflies of the family Lycaenidae

Definition 3: talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions - [verb of communication]

Samples where butterfly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries
  • My husband never flirts with other women

Synonyms for butterfly in the sense of this definition

(butterfly is a kind of ...) exchange thoughts; talk with

"We often talk business" "Actions talk louder than words"

(... is a kind of butterfly ) engage in amorous play

(... is a kind of butterfly ) act seductively with (someone)

Definition 4: cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking - [verb of contact]

Samples where butterfly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • butterflied shrimp

(butterfly is a kind of ...) spread out or open from a closed or folded state

"open the map" "spread your arms"

(butterfly belongs to category ...) 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"

Definition 5: flutter like a butterfly - [verb of motion]

(butterfly is a kind of ...) move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart

"The hummingbird flitted among the branches"

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