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flounder
WordNet 2.0
  • any of various European and non-European marine flatfish
  • flesh of any of various American and European flatfish
  • walk with great difficulty
  • "He staggered along in the heavy snow"
  • behave awkwardly
  • have difficulties
  • "She is floundering in college"
flounder
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. A flatfish of the family Pleuronectidæ, of many species.

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    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.

  • 1. 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.

  • 1. The act of floundering.

 

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