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Definitions of fly

  1. To move through the air on wings, like birds; to rise in air; to move swiftly; to pass away; to burst; to flee. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To cause to fly or to float in the air, as a bird, a kite, a flag, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To fly or flee from; to shun; to avoid. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To hunt with a hawk. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To manage (an aircraft) in flight; as, to fly an aeroplane. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To avoid; cause to float in the air. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. To avoid, flee from; to cause, to fly, as a kite:-pr.p. flying; pa.t. flew; pa.p. flown. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. To flee from; cause to fly. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. To cause to take flight. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. To flee from; shun. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. To move in or pass thorugh the air with wings, as a bird. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To move through the air or before the wind; esp., to pass or be driven rapidly through the air by any impulse. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To float, wave, or rise in the air, as sparks or a flag. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To move or pass swiftly; to hasten away; to circulate rapidly; as, a ship flies on the deep; a top flies around; rumor flies. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To run from danger; to attempt to escape; to flee; as, an enemy or a coward flies. See Note under Flee. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Any winged insect; esp., one with transparent wings; as, the Spanish fly; firefly; gall fly; dragon fly. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Any dipterous insect; as, the house fly; flesh fly; black fly. See Diptera, and Illust. in Append. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. A familiar spirit; a witch's attendant. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. A parasite. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. A kind of light carriage for rapid transit, plying for hire and usually drawn by one horse. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. The part of a vane pointing the direction from which the wind blows. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. That part of a compass on which the points are marked; the compass card. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. Two or more vanes set on a revolving axis, to act as a fanner, or to equalize or impede the motion of machinery by the resistance of the air, as in the striking part of a clock. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. The piece hinged to the needle, which holds the engaged loop in position while the needle is penetrating another loop; a latch. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. The pair of arms revolving around the bobbin, in a spinning wheel or spinning frame, to twist the yarn. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. A shuttle driven through the shed by a blow or jerk. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. Formerly, the person who took the printed sheets from the press. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. A vibrating frame with fingers, attached to a power to a power printing press for doing the same work. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. The outer canvas of a tent with double top, usually drawn over the ridgepole, but so extended as to touch the roof of the tent at no other place. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. One of the upper screens of a stage in a theater. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. The fore flap of a bootee; also, a lap on trousers, overcoats, etc., to conceal a row of buttons. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. A batted ball that flies to a considerable distance, usually high in the air; also, the flight of a ball so struck; as, it was caught on the fly. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. To move suddenly, or with violence; to do an act suddenly or swiftly; - usually with a qualifying word; as, a door flies open; a bomb flies apart. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. A hook dressed in imitation of a fly, - used for fishing. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. The length of an extended flag from its staff; sometimes, the length from the union to the extreme end. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. To move through, or rise in, the air with wings; to go quickly through the air as from some driving source; to float in the air, as a flag; move rapidly; run away; part with violence; as, the bottle flew into a thousand pieces. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  37. To move through the air on wings; to move swiftly; to pass away; to flee; to burst: to flutter. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  38. To move through the air; soar; move or pass swiftly; flee; burst. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  39. pass away rapidly; "Time flies like an arrow"; "Time fleeing beneath him" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  40. decrease rapidly, as of money Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  41. change quickly from one emotional state to another; "fly into a rage" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  42. transport by aeroplane; "We fly flowers from the Caribbean to North America" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  43. be dispersed or disseminated; "Rumors and accusations are flying" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  44. move quickly or suddenly; "He flew about the place" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  45. travel through the air; be airborne; "Man cannot fly" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  46. hit a fly Wordnet Dictionary DB
  47. travel in an airplane; "she is flying to Cincinnati tonight"; "Are we driving or flying?" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  48. travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft; "Lindbergh was the first to fly the Atlantic" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  49. cause to fly or float; "fly a kite" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  50. A heavy wheel, or cross arms with weights at the ends on a revolving axis, to regulate or equalize the motion of machinery by means of its inertia, where the power communicated, or the resistance to be overcome, is variable, as in the steam engine or the coining press. See Fly wheel (below). Webster Dictionary DB
  51. To move in the air, as by wings. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  52. To move quickly; hasten; dart; flee. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  53. To float in air or water; wave. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  54. To be violently impelled; explode; burst. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  55. To avoid; to quit by flight; to cause to float in the air; to flutter, as a flag in the wind. To fly at, to rush or fall on suddenly. To fly in the face, to insult; to assail; to set at defiance. To fly off, to separate or depart suddenly; to revolt. To fly open, to open suddenly or with violence. To fly out, to rush out; to burst into a passion; to break out into licence; to issue with violence. To let fly, to discharge. To let fly the sheets, to let go suddenly and entirely. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  56. To move through the air on wings, as a bird or insect; to pass on or away swiftly; to run or retreat rapidly, as an army; to break or part suddenly; to rush at or attack suddenly; to shun; to avoid. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  57. Flying. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  58. (baseball) a hit that flies high in the air Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  59. two-winged insects characterized by active flight Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  60. an opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or buttons concealed by a fold of cloth Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  61. fisherman's lure consisting of a fishhook decorated to look like an insect Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  62. Waste cotton. Webster Dictionary DB
  63. A two-winged insect of many kinds, as the common house fly; a fishhook dressed in imitation of a fly; the outer canvas of a double tent; a lap on a garment to cover a fastening; a hackney carriage. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  64. A small insect with two transparent wings, esp. the common house-fly; a fish-hook dressed with silk, etc., in imitation of a fly; a light double-seated carriage; (mech.) a fly-wheel. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  65. A small two-winged insect. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  66. One of various small two winged insects. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  67. A light carriage. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  68. One of various rapidly moving objects or devices; as, the fly of a printing press. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  69. A flap. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  70. The act of flying. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  71. A dipterous insect, of which there are various species; the common house-fly; a fly-wheel: a flying pinion; that part of a vane which points and shows which way the wind blows; the extent of an ensign, flag, or pendant from the staff to the end that flutters loose in the wind; a light carriage; a hook dressed like a fly; one who or that which takes the sheets from the press or machine. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  72. A small well-known insect; anything light or swift; a light carriage let on hire. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  73. (British informal) not to be deceived or hoodwinked Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  74. Knowing; wide awake; fully understanding another's meaning. Webster Dictionary DB
  75. Flown. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for fly

  1. She looked ready to fly – The Children of Wilton Chase by Mrs. L. T. Meade
  2. It didn't want us to fly – Space Tug by Murray Leinster
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