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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That which can fly.
  • adj. Brief or hurried.
  • adj. Not secured by yards.
  • v. Present participle of fly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Moving in the air with, or as with, wings; moving lightly or rapidly; intended for rapid movement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Swift; equipped for swift motion: as, a flying party.
  • n. The act of moving through the air on wings; flight.
  • n. plural Loose or floating waste of any kind.

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

  • n. an instance of traveling by air
  • adj. hurried and brief
  • adj. moving swiftly


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fly +‎ -ing



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