fleet

noun

Definition of fleet

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

fleet

adjective

Definition of fleet (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : swift in motion : nimble

fleet

verb
\ ˈflēt How to pronounce fleet (audio) \
fleeted; fleeting; fleets

Definition of fleet (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a : to fade away : vanish
b archaic : flow
2 [fleet entry 2] : to fly swiftly clouds fleeting across the sky
3 obsolete : drift

transitive verb

: to cause (time) to pass usually quickly or imperceptibly many young gentlemen … fleet the time carelessly— William Shakespeare

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Other Words from fleet

Adjective

fleetly adverb
fleetness noun

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Adjective

fast, rapid, swift, fleet, quick, speedy, hasty, expeditious mean moving, proceeding, or acting with celerity. fast and rapid are very close in meaning, but fast applies particularly to the thing that moves fast horses and rapid to the movement itself. rapid current swift suggests great rapidity coupled with ease of movement. returned the ball with one swift stroke fleet adds the implication of lightness and nimbleness. fleet runners quick suggests promptness and the taking of little time. a quick wit speedy implies quickness of successful accomplishment speedy delivery of mail and may also suggest unusual velocity. hasty suggests hurry and precipitousness and often connotes carelessness. a hasty inspection expeditious suggests efficiency together with rapidity of accomplishment. the expeditious handling of an order

Examples of fleet in a Sentence

Noun He was the commander of the Pacific fleet. The company has a large fleet of delivery trucks. Adjective a jewel thief said to be light of heart and fleet of foot
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Images of industrial Martinez, the mothball fleet near Suisun Bay and Crockett are included. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Snow day in the Bay Area 1976: The view from above," 7 Jan. 2021 Macy's online strength—coupled with the 2020 bankruptcy of archival J.C. Penney—has reduced the Macy's need to have such a sprawling fleet, let alone operate in struggling malls. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Macy’s is closing 45 stores in the first wave of its turnaround plan," 5 Jan. 2021 Factors that went into the ranking included the airline's crash and serious incident record, government and industry audits, safety initiatives (including new COVID-19 protocol) and fleet age. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "This Airline Was Just Ranked Safest Airline in the World for 2021," 5 Jan. 2021 Hundreds of jobs, if not into the thousands, were saved at Del Mar racetrack and aboard San Diego’s sportfishing fleet. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Amid the pain, 2020 reminded us that sports matter," 27 Dec. 2020 More broadly, the report signals the difficulties the Navy will face in trying to carry out the Trump administration’s vision for a 355-to-500 vessel fleet by 2045, up from 297 today. Anthony Capaccio, Bloomberg.com, "Next-Generation U.S. Nuclear Sub Facing Cost Overruns, Delays," 23 Dec. 2020 And if Alaska takes advantage of the MAX purchase options, the fleet could grow to 300 aircraft by 2026. Author: Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Airlines orders more Boeing 737 MAXs to replace most of its Airbus jets," 22 Dec. 2020 Competition will be stiff, including from traditional automakers that have manufacturing expertise and established relationships with big fleet operators. New York Times, "A Race to Become the Tesla of Delivery Trucks and Vans," 22 Dec. 2020 The Navy’s shipyards don’t have the proper dry dock capacity to keep up servicing carriers and submarines, which can result in maintenance delays that further squeeze the fleet. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Parting Shot: A Bigger Navy?," 21 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective During the orchestral prelude, Daniel Barenboim drew a crisp, clean and fleet performance from the players. New York Times, "In a Pandemic, Musicians Play in Empty Halls for Audiences Online," 13 Mar. 2020 Burns thinks his company can compete for a share of the electric vehicle market by being quicker to adjust to technology and by targeting commercial, fleet customers who want more than what conventional trucks can supply. BostonGlobe.com, "The closing of the once-bustling factory, which last made the Chevrolet Cruz, came into the political spotlight last November after Trump criticized the plan and pushed GM executives to either reopen or sell the plant, at one point threatening to cut off all federal subsidies to GM.," 8 Nov. 2019 Burns thinks his company can compete for a share of the electric vehicle market by being quicker to adjust to new technology and by targeting commercial, fleet customers who want more than what conventional trucks can supply. Washington Post, "GM selling shuttered Ohio factory to electric truck maker," 7 Nov. 2019 Receiver Jaylen Erwin on Sunday didn’t list Allen among the fleetest players on the team. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Chip Kelly could turn up the tempo with UCLA’s stockpile of speedy players," 11 Aug. 2019 The airline will be accepting the delivery of three more aircraft this year, bringing its fleet total to 10 Boeing 737-NG 800s by the end of 2019. San Diego Union-Tribune, "O Canada! San Diego gets its first nonstop flight to Edmonton via Swoop airline," 5 July 2019 Almost two decades later, fire-prone batteries stemming from fundamental design and systems-engineering mistakes prompted regulators in 2013 to temporarily ground Boeing’s flagship 787 Dreamliner fleet world-wide. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Boeing Leadership Faces PR Hurdles After Lion Air Crash," 5 Dec. 2018 The mano-a-mano match race finals, in which one yacht might simply sail away from the other and on to victory, might not be as thrilling as fleet races, which have multiple boats jostling in tight quarters. Luke O'brien, Town & Country, "Hot Pursuit," 1 Sep. 2013 As its fleet ages, RTA seeks federal money for new buses, paratransit vehicles The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority has lost out on a nearly $20 million federal grant to help boost its bus fleet, according to the agency's manager, Transdev. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "S&WB says drainage system performed 'very well' Saturday, full assessment coming," 14 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nikola executives have said collaborations like the one struck with Republic are central to its business plan, which aims to build zero-emissions trucks and lease them to fleet operators. Ben Foldy, WSJ, "Nikola, Republic Services End Collaboration on Garbage-Truck Development," 23 Dec. 2020 Leading the recovery is rising demand from consumers buying cars at dealerships, as opposed to fleet operators and other businesses that purchase vehicles in bulk and are still reeling from the crisis. Nora Naughton, WSJ, "U.S. Auto Sales Show Signs of Recovery in Third Quarter," 1 Oct. 2020 Retail sales, which exclude deliveries to fleet buyers such as rental-car companies, probably grew year over year in September, the first time that’s happened since February thanks to a couple of extra selling days on the calendar. Gabrielle Coppola, Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Automakers Are Digging Out of Pandemic Hole as Prices Soar," 30 Sep. 2020 The data helps fleet managers improve driver performance and lower costs. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego’s SmartDrive to merge with Omnitracs to expand tech portfolio for commercial fleets," 9 Sep. 2020 Medium-duty Silverados, which are sold to fleet customers and small business owners, shot up by 62.6% to 1,688 units. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Silverado edges out Ram in the truck wars as automakers report dismal overall sales," 2 July 2020 The pickup is expected to be delivered to fleet customers at the beginning of 2021, with the first consumers getting their trucks in late 2021. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Lordstown Endurance Electric Truck Teaser Photos Released," 24 June 2020 These moments of satisfaction, however, are fleeting. Fletcher Page, Cincinnati.com, "UC's Trevon Scott: End of college career 'will haunt me for the rest of my life'," 1 Apr. 2020 The art itself is fleeting, typically removed by the authorities shortly after installation. Scott James, New York Times, "From Homelessness to Donald Trump, This Art Group Takes on All," 10 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of fleet

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

circa 1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 3

History and Etymology for fleet

Noun

Middle English flete, from Old English flēot ship, from flēotan

Adjective

probably from fleet entry 3

Verb

Middle English fleten, from Old English flēotan; akin to Old High German fliozzan to float, Old English flōwan to flow

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The first known use of fleet was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Fleet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fleet. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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fleet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fleet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

fleet

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fleet (Entry 2 of 2)

literary : very fast

fleet

noun
\ ˈflēt How to pronounce fleet (audio) \

Kids Definition of fleet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a group of warships under one commander
2 : a country's navy
3 : a group of ships or vehicles that move together or are owned by one company a fishing fleet a fleet of taxis

fleet

adjective
fleeter; fleetest

Kids Definition of fleet (Entry 2 of 2)

: very swift a fleet runner

Other Words from fleet

fleetly adverb ran fleetly

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