Word of the DayTuesday, May 06, 2014
\flit\ , verb;
to move lightly and swiftly; fly, dart, or skim along: bees flitting from flower to flower.
to flutter, as a bird.
to pass quickly, as time: hours flitting by.
Chiefly Scot. and North England. a. to depart or die. b. to change one's residence.
Dominion lasts until obtained -/ Possession just as long -/ But these - endowing as they flit/ Eternally belong.
-- Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), "Dominion lasts until obtained," 1945
At every stop, she flits like a firefly -- alighting here, glowing with charm, then moving on to another voter.
-- Helen Thorpe, "Bill Bradley's Secret Weapon," New York, 2000
Flit entered English around 1200, and can be traced to the Old Norse flytja meaning "to carry, convey."
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