flop vs plumb what difference

what is difference between flop and plumb

English

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /flɒp/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /flɑp/
  • Rhymes: -ɒp

Etymology 1

Recorded since 1602, probably a variant of flap with a duller, heavier sound

Verb

flop (third-person singular simple present flops, present participle flopping, simple past and past participle flopped)

  1. (intransitive) To fall heavily due to lack of energy.
    • 1846, Charles Dickens, Pictures from Italy
      instantly flopping back again at sight of her , and banging his little door violently
  2. (transitive) To cause to drop heavily.
  3. (intransitive, informal) To fail completely; not to be successful at all (of a movie, play, book, song etc.).
  4. (sports, intransitive) To pretend to be fouled in sports, such as basketball, hockey (the same as to dive in soccer)
  5. (intransitive) To strike about with something broad and flat, as a fish with its tail, or a bird with its wings; to rise and fall; to flap.
  6. (poker, transitive) To have (a hand) using the community cards dealt on the flop.
  7. (intransitive, slang) To stay, sleep or live in a place.
    • 1969, Howard E. Freeman, Norman R. Kurtz, America’s Troubles: A Casebook on Social Conflict, Prentice-Hall, Page 414,
      [] not just the old material goal of “three hots and a place to flop,” []
    • 1973, Alan Watts, Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: A Mountain Journal, Pantheon Books, page 135,
      They have opened up crypts and basements as immense pads where vagrant and impoverished hippies can flop for the night.
  8. (transitive) To flip; to reverse (an image).
    • 1968, Advertising Techniques (volumes 4-5, page 28)
      The possibilities of this type of shot are almost limitless. By quartering the screen and duplicating and flopping the picture, a kaleidoscopic effect is achieved.
    • 1986, Functional Photography (volumes 21-23, page 58)
      [] in order to flop the image left-to-right, or all printing will appear reversed.
Derived terms
Translations

Noun

flop (plural flops)

  1. An incident of a certain type of fall; a plopping down.
  2. A complete failure, especially in the entertainment industry.
    Synonyms: dud, fiasco, turkey, box office bomb
  3. (poker) The first three cards turned face-up by the dealer in a community card poker game.
    • 1996: John Patrick, John Patrick’s Casino Poker: Professional Gambler’s Guide to Winning
      The flop didn’t help you but probably did help the other hands.
    • 2003: Lou Krieger, Internet Poker: How to Play and Beat Online Poker Games
      Here are six tips to help you play successfully on the flop (the first three communal cards).
    • 2005: Henry Stephenson, Real Poker Night: Taking Your Home Game to a New Level
      The strength of your hand now has nothing to do with how strong it may have been before the flop.
  4. A ponded package of dung, as in a cow-flop.
    • 1960, Winston Graham, Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787, Bodley Head, Page 302,
      “Maybe as you think,” he said, “because as I’ve the misfortune of an accidental slip on a cow-flop therefore I has the inability of an unborn babe, …
    • 2000, Dean King, A Sea of Words: A Lexicon and Companion for Patrick O’Brian’s Seafaring Tales, Henry Holt & Co., Page 162,
      … cowpat or cow-flop, Cow dung, often used dry as heating fuel.
    • 2003, John W. Billheimer, Drybone Hollow, St. Martin’s Press, Page 215,
      “Cow flop in a neat package is still cow flop. What did Cable stand to gain from the flood?”
    • 2018 Brent Butt as Brent Herbert Leroy, “Sasquatch Your Language”, Corner Gas Animated
      Wherever legitimate tracks are found there’s always some fresh scat, y’know, poo, flop, dumplings.
  5. (slang) A flophouse.
    • 2013, Gardner Dozois, Jack Dann, Dangerous Games
      He was kind of worn but the tooth said he’d never lost a fight or slept in a flop.
Derived terms
Translations

Adverb

flop (not comparable)

  1. Right, squarely, flat-out.
  2. With a flopping sound.
See also
  • aflop

Related terms

  • flip-flop

Etymology 2

A variant capitalization of FLOP, a syllabic acronym of floating-point operations.

Noun

flop (plural flops)

  1. (computing) One floating-point operation per second, a unit of measure of processor speed.
    • 1992 March 2, Richard Preston, The New Yorker, “The Mountains of Pi”:
      The gigaflop supercomputers of today are almost useless. What is needed is a teraflop machine. That’s a machine that can run at a trillion flops, a trillion floating-point operations per second, or roughly a thousand times as fast as Cray Y-MP8.
  2. (computing) Abbreviation of floating-point operation.
    • 1993 August 17, New York Times, C8:
      The Correlator can perform 750 billion ‘flops’, or simple calculations, per second.
Alternative forms
  • (unit of processing speed): FLOPS
  • (floating-point operation): FLOP
Derived terms

References

  • “FLOP, n2.”, in OED Online ⁠, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2012.

Dutch

Etymology

Borrowed from English flop. See also flap.

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɔp

Noun

flop m (plural floppen or flops, diminutive flopje n)

  1. A failure, something that went wrong
  2. short for floppydisk

Synonyms

  • fiasco (1)
  • mislukking (1)
  • sof (1)
  • diskette (2)

Verb

flop

  1. first-person singular present indicative of floppen
  2. imperative of floppen

Anagrams

  • plof

Indonesian

Etymology 1

From Dutch flop

Noun

flop

  1. failure, something that went wrong

Etymology 2

From English flop

Noun

flop

  1. (sports) flop, to strike about with something broad and flat, to rise and fall, to flap.

Further reading

  • “flop” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia (KBBI) Daring, Jakarta: Badan Pengembangan dan Pembinaan Bahasa, Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Republik Indonesia, 2016.


English

Pronunciation

  • enPR: plŭm, IPA(key): /plʌm/
  • Rhymes: -ʌm
  • Homophone: plum

Etymology 1

From Middle English plumbe, plumme, from Old French *plombe, from Latin plumba, plural of plumbum.

Adjective

plumb (comparative more plumb, superlative most plumb)

  1. Truly vertical, as indicated by a plumb line.
  2. (cricket) Describing an LBW where the batsman is hit on the pads directly in front of his wicket and should be given out.
Synonyms
  • (truly vertical): perpendicular
Translations

Adverb

plumb (not comparable)

  1. In a vertical direction; perpendicularly.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost
      Plumb down he drops.
  2. (informal) Squarely, directly; completely.
    It hit him plumb in the middle of his face.
    Years ago the well plumb dried out, not a drop of water in there since.
Translations

Noun

plumb (plural plumbs)

  1. A little mass of lead, or the like, attached to a line, and used by builders, etc., to indicate a vertical direction.
  2. (nautical) A weight on the end of a long line, used by sailors to determine the depth of water.
  3. The perpendicular direction or position.
Synonyms
  • (construction): plummet, plumb bob (UK), plumb line (US)
Derived terms
Translations

Verb

plumb (third-person singular simple present plumbs, present participle plumbing, simple past and past participle plumbed)

  1. To determine the depth, generally of a liquid; to sound.
  2. To attach to a water supply and drain.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To think about or explore in depth, to get to the bottom of, especially to plumb the depths of.
  4. To use a plumb bob as a measuring or aligning tool.
  5. To accurately align vertically or horizontally.
  6. (dated) To seal something with lead.
  7. (intransitive) To work as a plumber.
  8. (rare) To fall or sink like a plummet.
  9. (US, colloquial, figuratively, obsolete) To trace a road or track; to follow it to its end.
  10. (nautical) To position vertically above or below.
Translations

Etymology 2

Noun

plumb (plural plumbs)

  1. Obsolete form of plum (the fruit).
    • 1767, Select Essays on Husbandry
      Without attending to sub-divisions, all the pears are of one species, as well as all the apples, plumbs, peaches, cherries, lemons, citrons, oranges []


Albanian

Alternative forms

  • plum (Gheg)

Etymology

Borrowed through Vulgar Latin from Latin plumbum (lead).

Noun

plumb m (definite singular plumbi)

  1. lead (metal)
  2. bullet

Declension

References


Romanian

Etymology

From Latin plumbum (lead).

Noun

plumb n (uncountable)

  1. lead (metal)
  2. lead (chemical element)

Declension

Derived terms

  • plumburiu
  • plumbui
  • plumbos

Related terms

  • plumbar

Noun

plumb m (plural plumbi)

  1. bullet, projectile

Declension

Synonyms

  • glonț

Noun

plumb n (plural plumburi)

  1. (dated, chiefly Moldavia) pencil

Declension

Synonyms

  • creion

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