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Webster 1913 Edition


Flight

Flight

(flīt)
,
Noun.
[AS.
fliht
,
flyht
, a flying, fr.
fleógan
to fly; cf.
flyht
a fleeing, fr.
fleón
to flee, G.
flucht
a fleeing, Sw.
flykt
, G.
flug
a flying, Sw.
flygt
, D.
vlugt
a fleeing or flying, Dan.
flugt
. √84. See
Flee
,
Fly
.]
1.
The act of flying; a passing through the air by the help of wings; volitation; mode or style of flying.
Like the night owl’s lazy
flight
.
Shakespeare
2.
The act of fleeing; the act of running away, to escape danger or expected evil; hasty departure.
Pray ye that your
flight
be not in the winter.
Matt. xxiv. 20.
Fain by
flight
to save themselves.
Shakespeare
3.
Lofty elevation and excursion; a mounting; a soaring;
as, a
flight
of imagination, ambition, folly
.
Could he have kept his spirit to that
flight
,
He had been happy
.
Byron.
His highest
flights
were indeed far below those of Taylor.
Macaulay.
4.
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;
as, a
flight
of arrows
.
Swift.
Swift
flights
of angels ministrant.
Milton.
Like a
flight
of fowl
Scattered winds and tempestuous gusts.
Shakespeare
5.
A series of steps or stairs from one landing to another.
Parker.
6.
A kind of arrow for the longbow; also, the sport of shooting with it. See
Shaft
.
[Obs.]
Challenged Cupid at the
flight
.
Shakespeare
Not a
flight
drawn home
E'er made that haste that they have.
Beau. & Fl.
7.
The husk or glume of oats.
[Prov. Eng.]
Wright.
Syn. – Pair; set. See
Pair
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Flight

FLIGHT

,
Noun.
[See Fly.]
1.
The act of fleeing; the act of running away, to escape danger or expected evil; hasty departure.
Pray ye that your flight be not in winter. Matt. 24.
To put to flight, to turn to flight, is to compel to run away; to force to escape.
2.
The act of flying; a passing through the air by the help of wings; volation; as the flight of birds and insects.
3.
The manner of flying. Every fowl has its particular flight; the flight of the eagle is high; the flight of the swallow is rapid, with sudden turns.
4.
Removal from place to place by flying.
5.
A flock of birds flying in company; as a flight of pigeons or wild geese.
6.
A number of beings flying or moving through the air together; as a flight of angels.
7.
A number of things passing through the air together; a volley; as a flight of arrows.
8.
A periodical flying of birds in flocks; as the spring flight or autumnal flight of ducks or pigeons.
9.
In England, the birds produced in the same season.
10.
The space passed by flying.
11.
A mounting; a soaring; lofty elevation and excursion; as a flight of imagination or fancy; a flight of ambition.
12.
Excursion; wandering; extravagant sally; as a flight of folly.
13.
The power of flying.
14.
In certain lead works, a substance that flies off in smoke.
Flight of stairs, the series of stairs from the floor, or from one platform to another.

Definition 2021


flight

flight

English

Noun

flight (countable and uncountable, plural flights)

A jet in flight
  1. The act of flying.
    Birds are capable of flight
  2. An instance of flying.
    The migrating birds' flight took them to Africa.
  3. A collective term for doves or swallows.
  4. A trip made by an aircraft, particularly one between two cities or countries, which is often planned or reserved in advance.
    The flight to Paris leaves at 7 o'clock tonight
    Where is the departure gate for flight 747? / Go straight down and to the right.
  5. A set of stairs or an escalator. A series of stairs between landings.
  6. A floor which is reached by stairs or escalators.
    How many flights is it up?
  7. A feather on an arrow or dart used to help it follow an even path.
  8. A paper plane.
  9. (cricket) The movement of a spinning ball through the air - concerns its speed, trajectory and drift.
  10. The ballistic trajectory of an arrow or other projectile.
  11. An aerodynamic surface designed to guide such a projectile's trajectory.
  12. An air force unit.
  13. 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.
  14. (engineering) The shaped material forming the thread of a ****.
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Adjective

flight (comparative more flight, superlative most flight)

  1. (obsolete) Fast, swift.

Verb

flight (third-person singular simple present flights, present participle flighting, simple past and past participle flighted)

  1. (cricket, of a spin bowler) To throw the ball in such a way that it has more airtime and more spin than usual.

See also

Appendix:English collective nouns

Etymology 2

From Middle English, from Old English flyht, from Proto-Germanic *fluhtiz, derived from *fleuhaną (to flee). Cognate with Dutch vlucht and German Flucht (etymology 1).

Noun

flight (countable and uncountable, plural flights)

  1. The act of fleeing.
    take flight
    the flight of a refugee

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Translations

Middle English

Etymology

From Old English flyht.

Noun

flight (plural flights)

  1. flight (act of flying)