American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A number of warships operating together under one command.
- n. A group of vessels or vehicles, such as taxicabs or fishing boats, owned or operated as a unit.
- adj. Moving swiftly; rapid or nimble. See Synonyms at fast1.
- adj. Fleeting; evanescent.
- v. To move or pass swiftly.
- v. To fade out; vanish.
- v. Archaic To flow.
- v. Obsolete To drift.
- v. To cause (time) to pass quickly.
- v. Nautical To alter the position of (tackle or rope, for example).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To float.
- To swim.
- To sail; navigate.
- To flow; run, as water; flow away.
- To overflow; abound.
- To gutter, as a candle.
- To fly swiftly; flit, as a light substance; pass away quickly.
- Nautical, to change place: said of men at work: as, to fleet forward or aft in a boat.
- To fly swiftly over; skim over the surface of: as, a ship that fleets the gulf.
- To cause to pass swiftly or lightly.
- Nautical, to change the position of: as, to fleet a tackle (to change its position after the blocks are drawn together so as to use it again); to fleet the men aft (to order men to move further aft). The word is used only in special phrases like the above; it is not applicable to every change of position. Thus, if one rope were fastened to a hawser or a shroud, one would say “Fleet that rope higher” or “lower,” as the case might be; but one would not say “Fleet that coil of rope.”
- n. A number of ships or other vessels, in company, under the same command, or employed in the same service, particularly in war or in fishing: as, a fleet of men-of-war, or of war-canoes; the fishing-fleet on the Banks; the fleet of a steamship company.
- n. Specifically, a number of vessels of war organized for offense or defense under one commander, with subordinate commanders of single vessels and sometimes of squadrons; a naval armament.
- n. In fishing, a single line of 100 hooks: so called when the bultow was introduced in Newfoundland (1846).
- n. An arm of the sea; an inlet; a river or creek: now used only as an element in place-names: as, Northfleet, Southfleet, Fleetditch.
- Swift of motion; moving or able to move with rapidity; rapid.
- To skim, as cream from milk.
- Nautical, to skim up fresh water from the surface of (the sea), as practised at the mouth of the Rhone, of the Nile, etc.
- Light; superficially fruitful; thin; not penetrating deep, as soil.
- In a manner so as to affect only the surface; superficially.
- n. A dialectal (Scotch) variant of flute.
- Skimmed; skim: applied to skim-milk or to cheese made from it: as, fleet milk, fleet cheese.
- n. A group of vessels or vehicles.
- n. nautical A number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also, the collective naval force of a country, etc.
- n. nautical, British Royal Navy Any command of vessels exceeding a squadron in size, or a rear-admiral's command, composed of five sail-of-the-line, with any number of smaller vessels.
- n. nautical, obsolete A flood; a creek or inlet, a bay or estuary, a river subject to the tide.
- n. nautical A location, as on a navigable river, where barges are secured.
- v. obsolete To float.
- v. To pass over rapidly; to skim the surface of
- v. To hasten over; to cause to pass away lightly, or in mirth and joy
- v. nautical To move up a rope, so as to haul to more advantage; especially to draw apart the blocks of a tackle.
- v. nautical, obsolete To shift the position of dead-eyes when the shrouds are become too long.
- v. To cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or windlass, as a rope or chain.
- v. To take the cream from; to skim.
- adj. literary Swift in motion; moving with velocity; light and quick in going from place to place; nimble; fast.
- adj. uncommon Light; superficially thin; not penetrating deep, as soil.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To sail; to float.
- v. To fly swiftly; to pass over quickly; to hasten; to flit as a light substance.
- v. (Naut.) To slip on the whelps or the barrel of a capstan or windlass; -- said of a cable or hawser.
- v. (Naut.) To move or change in position; -- said of persons.
- v. To pass over rapidly; to skin the surface of.
- v. To hasten over; to cause to pass away lighty, or in mirth and joy.
- v. To draw apart the blocks of; -- said of a tackle.
- v. To cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or windlass, as a rope or chain.
- v. (Naut.) To move or change in position; used only in special phrases.
- adj. Swift in motion; moving with velocity; light and quick in going from place to place; nimble.
- adj. Prov. Eng. Light; superficially thin; not penetrating deep, as soil.
- n. A number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also, the collective naval force of a country, etc.
- n. A flood; a creek or inlet; a bay or estuary; a river; -- obsolete, except as a place name, -- as
FleetStreet in London.
- n. A former prison in London, which originally stood near a stream, the
Fleet(now filled up).
- v. Prov. Eng. To take the cream from; to skim.
- n. group of motor vehicles operating together under the same ownership
- adj. moving very fast
- n. a group of warships organized as a tactical unit
- v. move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
- v. disappear gradually
- n. group of aircraft operating together under the same ownership
- n. a group of steamships operating together under the same ownership
- From Middle English fleten ("float"), from Old English flēotan ("float") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English flete, from Old English flēot, from flēotan, to float; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.Probably from Old Norse fljōtr. V., from Middle English fleten, to drift, float, from Old English flēotan; see pleu- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If well executed _it would cause the evacuation of all these formidable fortifications_ upon which the rebels ground their hopes for success; and in the event of our fleet attacking Mobile, the presence of our troops in the northern part of Alabama _would be material aid to the fleet_.”
“The great herring fleet outside the harbor was as motionless as "a painted _fleet_ upon a painted ocean" -- the men were sleeping or smoking upon the piers -- not a foot fell upon the flagged streets, and the only murmur of sound was round the public fountains, where a few women were perched on the bowl's edge, knitting and gossiping.”
“To the castles about Deal, where _our_ fleet' (_our fleet_, the saucy son of a tailor!) 'lay and anchored; great was the shoot of guns from the castles, and ships, and our answers.”
“In 1726 we find him captam of Ae Kdlau, of ieventjr guns, one of the fleet fent m thlit year, vnder iir Charles Wager, to the Bahic, atad appointed to command, with the rank of conunodofe, the third divifion of the fleet*”
Internet Archive: Biographia navalis; or, Impartial memoirs of the lives and characters of officers of the navy of Great Britain, from the year 1660 to the present time; drawn from the most authentic sources, and disposed in a chronological arrangement
“To get at them was impossible before they anchored under such batteries as would have crippled our fleet; and, had such an event happened, _in the present state of the enemy's fleet_, Tuscany, Naples, Rome, Sicily, &c., would have fallen as fast as their ships could have sailed along the coast.”
“The remnants of humanity have taken refuge aboard spaceships, and this ragtag fleet is led on a quest through space by William Adama, commander of the Galactica.”
“It looks to me that they do best when the fleet is actually running from the Cylons, with the threat of immanent discovery hanging over them.”
“When they're back on their training, the fleet is attacked by 8 Cylon Raiders.”
“The flagship of this fleet is the church and ex-convent in Ocotlan itself, a dazzling and exquisitely tasteful complex which hosts a gallery, a restaurant, and spaces for meetings, performances and classes.”
“Great Britain said, The fleet is here not to impose or enforce any sanctions; the fleet is here for defensive purposes and there will be no enforcement of sanctions by Great Britain alone.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘fleet’.
A complete Barron's Wordlist for GRE preparation. Your online flashcard replacement.
Words only (I left out the expressions) from Geza Kerenyi's EN-HU interpreters' dictionary. Most of them pose some difficulty when interpreted between HU and EN in either or both directions.
Grateful credit to http://reocities.com/SoHo/Studios/9783/phond1.html.
Nice ambient words from the movie. (With apologies to Patrick O'Brian.) Aaaah, life at sea...aboard a hulk of the British navy in 1805...
Very basic words for ESL students.
It's exactly what it sounds like. And yeah, for real people as much as characters. Big surprise.
Looking for tweets for fleet.