verb \ˈflēt\

Definition of FLEET

intransitive verb
obsolete :  drift
a archaic :  flow
b :  to fade away :  vanish
[3fleet] :  to fly swiftly
transitive verb
:  to cause (time) to pass usually quickly or imperceptibly

Origin of FLEET

Middle English fleten, from Old English flēotan; akin to Old High German fliozzan to float, Old English flōwan to flow
First Known Use: before 12th century



: a group of military ships that are controlled by one leader

: all of a country's military ships

: a group of ships or vehicles that move or work together or that are controlled or owned by one company

Full Definition of FLEET

:  a number of warships under a single command; specifically :  an organization of ships and aircraft under the command of a flag officer
:  group 2a, b; especially :  a group (as of ships, planes, or trucks) operated under unified control

Examples of FLEET

  1. He was the commander of the Pacific fleet.
  2. The company has a large fleet of delivery trucks.

Origin of FLEET

Middle English flete, from Old English flēot ship, from flēotan
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical



: very fast

Full Definition of FLEET

:  swift in motion :  nimble
:  fleeting
fleet·ly adverb
fleet·ness noun

Examples of FLEET

  1. <a jewel thief said to be light of heart and fleet of foot>

Origin of FLEET

probably from 1fleet
First Known Use: circa 1529


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