Definify.com

Webster 1913 Edition


Fleet

Fleet

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To pass over rapidly; to skin the surface of;
as, a ship that
fleets
the gulf
.
Spenser.
2.
To hasten over; to cause to pass away lighty, or in mirth and joy.
Many young gentlemen flock to him, and
fleet
the time carelessly.
Shakespeare
(b)
To cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or windlass, as a rope or chain.

Fleet

,
Adj.
[
Com
par.
Fleeter
;
sup
erl.
Fleetest
.]
[Cf. Icel.
fljōtr
quick. See
Fleet
,
Verb.
I.
]
1.
Swift in motion; moving with velocity; light and quick in going from place to place; nimble.
In mail their horses clad, yet
fleet
and strong.
Milton.
2.
Light; superficially thin; not penetrating deep, as soil.
[Prov. Eng.]
Mortimer.

Fleet

,
Noun.
[OE.
flete
,
fleote
, AS.
fleót
ship, fr.
fleótan
to float, swim. See
Fleet
,
Verb.
I.
and cf.
Float
.]
A number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also, the collective naval force of a country, etc.
Fleet captain
,
the senior aid of the admiral of a fleet, when a captain.
Ham. Nav. Encyc.

Fleet

,
Noun.
[AS.
fleót
a place where vessels float, bay, river; akin to D.
vliet
rill, brook, G.
fliess
. See
Fleet
,
Verb.
I.
]
1.
A flood; a creek or inlet; a bay or estuary; a river; – obsolete, except as a place name, – as Fleet Street in London.
Together wove we nets to entrap the fish
In floods and sedgy
fleets
.
Matthewes.
2.
A former prison in London, which originally stood near a stream, the Fleet (now filled up).
Fleet parson
,
a clergyman of low character, in, or in the vicinity of, the Fleet prison, who was ready to unite persons in marriage (called Fleet marriage) at any hour, without public notice, witnesses, or consent of parents.

Fleet

,
Verb.
T.
[AS.
flēt
cream, fr.
fleótan
to float. See
Fleet
,
Verb.
I.
]
To take the cream from; to skim.
[Prov. Eng.]
Johnson.

Webster 1828 Edition


Fleet

FLEET

, in English names, denotes a flood, a creek or inlet, a bay or estuary, or a river; as in Fleet-street, North-flete, Fleet-prison.

Definition 2023


Fleet

Fleet

See also: fleet

English

Proper noun

Fleet

  1. The stream that ran where Fleet Street now runs.
  2. A former prison in London, which originally stood near the stream.

German

Etymology

From German Low German, from Middle Low German vlēt. Cognate to Dutch vliet, English fleet.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fleːt/

Noun

Fleet n (genitive Fleets, plural Fleete)

  1. a watercourse through marshland
  2. a kind of city canal similar to the Dutch gracht, found in Hamburg and some other northern German cities

Declension

fleet

fleet

See also: Fleet

English

Noun

fleet (plural fleets)

  1. A group of vessels or vehicles.
  2. Any group of associated items.
    • 2004, Jim Hoskins, Building an on Demand Computing Environment with IBM
      This is especially true in distributed printing environments, where a fleet of printers is shared by users on a network.
  3. (nautical) A number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also, the collective naval force of a country, etc.
  4. (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.
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English flet, flete, from Old English flēot (river, estuary)

Noun

fleet (plural fleets)

  1. (obsolete) A flood; a creek or inlet, a bay or estuary, a river subject to the tide. cognate to Low German fleet
    • Matthewes
      Together wove we nets to entrap the fish / In floods and sedgy fleets.
  2. (nautical) A location, as on a navigable river, where barges are secured.
Derived terms

Etymology 3

From Middle English fleten (float), from Old English flēotan (float)

Verb

fleet (third-person singular simple present fleets, present participle fleeting, simple past and past participle fleeted)

  1. (obsolete) To float.
    [Antony] "Our sever'd navy too,
    Have knit again, and fleet, threat'ning most sea-like."
    -- Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
  2. To pass over rapidly; to skim the surface of
    a ship that fleets the gulf
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
  3. To hasten over; to cause to pass away lightly, or in mirth and joy
    • Shakespeare
      Many young gentlemen flock to him, and fleet the time carelessly.
    And so through this dark world they fleet / Divided, till in death they meet; -- Percy Shelley, Rosalind and Helen.
  4. (nautical) To move up a rope, so as to haul to more advantage; especially to draw apart the blocks of a tackle.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Totten to this entry?)
  5. (nautical, intransitive, of people) To move or change in position.
    • F. T. Bullen
      We got the long "stick" [] down and "fleeted" aft, where it was secured.
  6. (nautical, obsolete) To shift the position of dead-eyes when the shrouds are become too long.
  7. To cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or windlass, as a rope or chain.
  8. To take the cream from; to skim.

Translations

Adjective

fleet (comparative fleeter or more fleet, superlative fleetest or most fleet)

  1. (literary) Swift in motion; moving with velocity; light and quick in going from place to place; nimble; fast.
    • Milton
      In mail their horses clad, yet fleet and strong.
    • 1908: Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
      [] it was not till the afternoon that they came out on the high-road, their first high-road; and there disaster, fleet and unforeseen, sprang out on them disaster momentous indeed to their expedition []
  2. (uncommon) Light; superficially thin; not penetrating deep, as soil.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Mortimer to this entry?)
Derived terms