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flounder


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flounder  \Floun"der\,  n.  [Cf.  Sw  flundra  akin  to  Dan.  flynder 
  Icel.  fly?ra,  G.  flunder,  and  perh.  to  E.  flounder,  v.i.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  flatfish  of  the  family  {Pleuronectid[ae]},  of 
  many  species. 
 
  Note:  The  common  English  flounder  is  {Pleuronectes  flesus}. 
  There  are  several  common  American  species  used  as  food; 
  as  the  smooth  flounder  ({P.  glabra});  the  rough  or 
  winter  flounder  ({P.  Americanus});  the  summer  flounder, 
  or  plaice  ({Paralichthys  dentatus}),  Atlantic  coast; 
  and  the  starry  flounder  ({Pleuronectes  stellatus}). 
 
  2.  (Bootmaking)  A  tool  used  in  crimping  boot  fronts. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flounder  \Floun"der\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Floundered};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Floundering}.]  [Cf.  D.  flodderen  to  flap,  splash 
  through  mire,  E.  flounce,  v.i.,  and  flounder  the  fish.] 
  To  fling  the  limbs  and  body,  as  in  making  efforts  to  move  to 
  struggle,  as  a  horse  in  the  mire,  or  as  a  fish  on  land;  to 
  roll,  toss  and  tumble;  to  flounce. 
 
  They  have  floundered  on  from  blunder  to  blunder.  --Sir 
  W.  Hamilton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flounder  \Floun"der\,  n. 
  The  act  of  floundering. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  flounder 
  n  1:  flesh  of  any  of  various  American  and  European  flatfish 
  2:  any  of  various  European  and  non-European  marine  flatfish 
  v  1:  walk  with  great  difficulty;  as  in  snow  or  mud  [syn:  {stagger}] 
  2:  behave  awkwardly;  have  difficulties;  "She  is  floundering  in 
  college" 




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