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 There are more than 10,000 helicopters active in the United States, about half of the world’s civilian fleet. Washington Post, "Kobe Bryant helicopter crash underscores industry’s long-running safety struggles," 8 Feb. 2020 Aging fleets mean car rental companies are keeping more high-mileage vehicles on their lots. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "It's OK to reject your rental car. Here are five cases where you should ask for another," 7 Feb. 2020 The Hyundai Tucson fuel cell SUV has been around for more than a decade, mostly as a corporate fleet vehicle. Evelyn Kanter, Houston Chronicle, "Fuel cell cars are next big thing, again," 7 Feb. 2020 The Obama-era standards require an automaker’s nationwide fleet to have an average of 51 mpg by model year 2026. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Justice Department Drops Antitrust Probe into Honda, BMW, Ford, and VW," 7 Feb. 2020 There is fleet white, the easily repairable, appliancelike white of chicken inspectors and truant officers. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Why ‘Winter White’ Is the Only Car Color You Want," 7 Feb. 2020 Not even an entire fleet of robotic missions could provide all of those data, says María-Paz Zorzano, a senior scientist at Spain’s Center of Astrobiology. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, "Rocks, Rockets and Robots: The Plan to Bring Mars Down to Earth," 6 Feb. 2020 American strategists believe China is sending out modern treasure fleets laden with goodies, such as offers to build ports, that will pave the way for deploying warships in future. The Economist, "China is making substantial investment in ports and pipelines worldwide," 6 Feb. 2020 Russia has the most of these boats of any country at more than 50, while China fleet is expected to outpace that of the U.S. in two years. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "China and Russia taking advantage of global warming to elbow US aside in the Arctic," 5 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 Several girls cross country teams from the area are in the running for regional and state championships but locals are chasing Northern Kentucky's fleetest afoot: St. Henry in Class A, Highlands in Class 2A and Class 3A's Simon Kenton. Marc Hardin, Cincinnati.com, "St. Henry, Highlands, SK girls cross country the teams to chase in NKY," 25 Aug. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some of the yellow cardinals have been observed over several months, while some of the sightings have been fleeting. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Another yellow cardinal spotted in Florida," 15 Oct. 2019 Performance offered a form that was immediate, fleeting, and intangible, which allowed for emotions, experimentation, and mistakes in an enterprise that surely felt and was risky. Jillian Steinhauer, The New Republic, "The Art of the Unspeakable," 15 Oct. 2019 Offensive efficiency has been flickering and fleeting. BostonGlobe.com, "After pre-game talk, Kemba Walker walks the walk - The Boston Globe," 26 Oct. 2019 Through 50 pieces of artwork, the exhibition, at 838 Market St. through Nov. 3, explores invisible labor, mass surveillance and fleeting digital privacy. Ryan Kost, SFChronicle.com, "At ‘The Glass Room’ pop-up, ‘Black Mirror’ meets the Museum of Ice Cream," 19 Oct. 2019 Those ooh-look-at-me cookies are an easy pleasure, a hard sugar high fast and fleeting. Los Angeles Times, "There’s no such thing as the best chocolate chip cookie recipe. Here’s one.," 1 Oct. 2019 Affordable alternatives are fleeting — Noecker pointed out that private foundations have refocused on other priorities and withdrawn funding for after-school programs across the country. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Proposed $5 after-school fee eliminated under revised St. Paul parks budget," 2 Dec. 2019 At that point the Renewable IPP team won’t worry too much about snow covering the panels because the fleeting early winter sun doesn’t provide for much power generation, Miller said. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s largest solar farm opens in Willow," 19 Nov. 2019 Some regions have gained from climate change, but even those advantages may be fleeting. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "The wine world keeps changing. This essential reference book shows how.," 8 Nov. 2019

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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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13 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fleet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fleet?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=f&file=fleet001. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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