flight


1flight

noun, often attributive \ˈflīt\

Definition of FLIGHT

1
a :  an act or instance of passing through the air by the use of wings <the flight of a bee>
b :  the ability to fly <flight is natural to birds>
2
a :  a passing through the air or through space outside the earth's atmosphere
b :  the distance covered in such a flight
c :  swift movement
3
a :  a trip made by or in an airplane or spacecraft
b :  a scheduled airplane trip
4
:  a group of similar beings or objects flying through the air together
5
:  a brilliant, imaginative, or unrestrained exercise or display <a flight of fancy>
6
a :  a continuous series of stairs from one landing or floor to another
b :  a series (as of terraces or conveyors) resembling a flight of stairs
7
:  a unit of the United States Air Force below a squadron
flight·less \-ləs\ adjective

Origin of FLIGHT

Middle English, from Old English flyht; akin to Middle Dutch vlucht flight, Old English flēogan to fly
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Aeronautics/Aerospace Terms

airway, apron, corridor, dirigible, fishtail, flat-hat, vector

2flight

verb

Definition of FLIGHT

transitive verb
:  flush
intransitive verb
:  to rise, settle, or fly in a flock <geese flighting on the marsh>

First Known Use of FLIGHT

1571

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl

3flight

noun

Definition of FLIGHT

:  an act or instance of running away

Origin of FLIGHT

Middle English fluht, fliht; akin to Old High German fluht flight, Old English flēon to flee
First Known Use: 13th century

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