from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The motion of an object in or through a medium, especially through the earth's atmosphere or through space.
  • n. An instance of such motion.
  • n. The distance covered in such motion.
  • n. The act or process of flying through the air by means of wings.
  • n. The ability to fly.
  • n. A swift passage or movement.
  • n. A scheduled airline run or trip.
  • n. A group, especially of birds or aircraft, flying together. See Synonyms at flock1.
  • n. A number of aircraft in the U.S. Air Force forming a subdivision of a squadron.
  • n. A round of competition, as in a sports tournament.
  • n. An exuberant or transcendent effort or display: a flight of the imagination; flights of oratory.
  • n. A series of stairs rising from one landing to another.
  • intransitive v. To migrate or fly in flocks.
  • n. The act or an instance of running away; an escape.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of flying.
  • n. An instance of flying.
  • n. A collective term for doves or swallows.
  • n. A journey made by an aircraft, eg a balloon, plane or space shuttle, particularly one between two airports, which needs to be reserved in advance.
  • n. The act of fleeing. (Flight is the noun which corresponds to the verb flee.)
  • n. A set of stairs or an escalator. A series of stairs between landings.
  • n. A floor which is reached by stairs or escalators.
  • n. A feather on an arrow or dart used to help it follow an even path.
  • n. A paper plane.
  • n. The movement of a spinning ball through the air - concerns its speed, trajectory and drift.
  • n. The ballistic trajectory of an arrow or other projectile.
  • n. An aerodynamic surface designed to guide such a projectile's trajectory.
  • n. Act of fleeing of a refugee or a fugitive.
  • n. An air force unit.
  • n. Several sample glasses of a specific wine varietal or other beverage. The pours are smaller than a full glass and the flight will generally include three to five different samples.
  • n. The shaped material forming the thread of a screw.
  • adj. Fast, swift.
  • v. To throw the ball in such a way that it has more airtime and more spin than usual.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of flying; a passing through the air by the help of wings; volitation; mode or style of flying.
  • n. The act of fleeing; the act of running away, to escape danger or expected evil; hasty departure.
  • n. Lofty elevation and excursion; a mounting; a soaring.
  • n. A number of beings or things passing through the air together; especially, a flock of birds flying in company; the birds that fly or migrate together; the birds produced in one season.
  • n. A series of steps or stairs from one landing to another.
  • n. A kind of arrow for the longbow; also, the sport of shooting with it. See Shaft.
  • n. The husk or glume of oats.
  • n. a trip made by or in a flying vehicle, as an airplane, spacecraft, or aeronautical balloon.
  • n. A scheduled flight{8} on a commercial airline.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or power of flying; a passing through the air by the help of wings; volitation.
  • n. Swift motion in general; rapid movement or passage caused by any propelling force: as, the flight of a missile; a meteor's flight; the flight of a fish toward its prey; the flight of a rapidly revolving wheel.
  • n. A number of beings or things flying or passing through the air together; especially, a flock of birds flying in company; the birds that fly or migrate together; the birds produced in the same season: applied specifically in the old language of English sport to doves and swallows, and in America to pigeons, and also to a swarm of bees.
  • n. Figuratively, an excursion or sally; a passing out of or beyond a fixed course; a mounting or soaring: as, a flight of imagination or fancy; a flight of ambition or of temper.
  • n. In archery: The sport of shooting arrows in the manner now called roving—that is, with roving aim instead of at a butt. See rover.
  • n. Shooting with the longbow in general, as distinguished from the use of the crossbow. See flight-arrow.
  • n. A continuous series of steps or stairs; the part of a stairway extending directly from one floor or one landing to another.
  • n. The glume or husk of oats.
  • n. The thin membrane which is detached from the coffee-berry in the process of roasting.
  • n. In the clapper of a bell, the dependent piece or weight below the striking part; the tail.
  • n. In machinery: The inclination of the arm of a crane or of a cat-head.
  • n. A wing or fin; a fan.
  • n. Synonyms 3. See flock, n.
  • Swift in transit.
  • In sporting, belonging to a flight or flock.
  • To put to flight; rout; frighten away.
  • To take flight; fly: an English sporting use.
  • To shoot (wildfowl) in their flight to or from their feeding-grounds.
  • n. The act of fleeing; the act of running away to escape danger or expected evil; hasty departure.
  • n. An obsolete spelling of flite.
  • n. In archery: The course of an arrow through the air.
  • n. The distance traversed by an arrow.
  • n. In mach.: A wing or scraper, pushed or pulled through the trough of a conveyer by a chain, to drag the load through it.
  • n. A flat bucket or vane on the periphery of a wheel-pump or on the chain which it drives.
  • n. Same as flyboat.
  • n. In angling, the set of spinning-baits attached by the trace to the reel-line in a spinning-tackle.
  • n. A primary, flight-feather, or remex: a term commonly used by pigeon-fanciers.
  • n. The distance a bird may or does fly; the height at which it flies: in these senses, largely figurative.
  • n. A group of three or more locks situated in such close proximity along a canal that the level of water between any two adjacent locks of the series may economically be raised and lowered to produce a lift: in distinction from locks arranged in isolated pairs with considerable distance between the different pairs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. passing above and beyond ordinary bounds
  • n. a stairway (set of steps) between one floor or landing and the next
  • v. fly in a flock
  • n. an instance of traveling by air
  • n. a scheduled trip by plane between designated airports
  • v. shoot a bird in flight
  • v. decorate with feathers
  • n. a flock of flying birds
  • n. a formation of aircraft in flight
  • n. an air force unit smaller than a squadron
  • n. the path followed by an object moving through space
  • n. the act of escaping physically


Middle English, from Old English flyht; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.
Middle English, from Old English *flyht; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English flyht, from Proto-Germanic *fluhtiz. Cognate with Dutch vlucht and German Flucht. (Wiktionary)



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