American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to aviation: a flying time of three hours between cities.
- adj. Capable of or engaged in flight: The bat is a flying mammal.
- adj. Situated, extending, or functioning in the air: a flying deck.
- adj. Swiftly moving; fleet: played the difficult passage with flying fingers.
- adj. Done or performed swiftly in or as if in the air: crossed the goal line with a flying leap.
- adj. Brief; hurried: made a flying visit to the neighbors' house; took a flying glance at the report.
- adj. Capable of swift deployment or response; extremely mobile.
- adj. Nautical Not secured by spars or stays. Used of a sail.
- n. Flight in an aircraft or spacecraft.
- n. The piloting or navigation of an aircraft or spacecraft.
- idiom. with flying colors With complete or outstanding success: passed the Latin examination with flying colors.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of moving through the air on wings; flight.
- n. plural Loose or floating waste of any kind.
- Swift; equipped for swift motion: as, a flying party.
- adj. That which can fly.
- adj. Brief or hurried.
- adj. nautical, of a sail Not secured by yards.
- v. present participle of fly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Moving in the air with, or as with, wings; moving lightly or rapidly; intended for rapid movement.
- n. an instance of traveling by air
- adj. hurried and brief
- adj. moving swiftly
- fly + -ing (Wiktionary)
“Mark Haisma doesn't like the term "flying winemaker.”
“He had heard of the term flying saucers, better known as Unidentified Flying Objects.”
“True courage consists not in flying from the storms of life; but in braving and steering through them with prudence.”
“The term flying is hardly too strong to express the speed of the elevators," claim the directors, and after a complicated series of calculations, they proudly conclude that the elevators annually make "the enormous journey of ... nearly five times around the earth.”
“And that was obviously hurting that man, Chris Benoit, as he's doing -- this is what he calls his flying head butt, which is just painful to watch now.”
“The use of the term “Islamicfasciam” and the other term flying around lately “Clash of Civilazations” are disturbing.”
“The trick to flying is to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”
“In the old days people used to see what they called flying saucers.”
“That was the time they finally ... in '34, we had what they called the flying squadrons that came through.”
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