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 These are large vehicles that come with large fuel bills so anything that can make a dent in that is a major benefit, especially for fleet customers. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Ford's new F-150 will test whether truck buyers really want hybrids," 25 June 2020 Lordstown Motors is working against time, with several other companies developing their own electric trucks, but the Endurance is geared toward fleet customers. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Pence touts Lordstown comeback at Endurance electric pickup reveal," 25 June 2020 This project is part of our plan to aid the Daimler organization in achieving a more sustainable passenger car fleet. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Mercedes construction runoff muddies Cahaba tributary, Alabama warns," 24 June 2020 Mine warfare, surveillance and reconnaissance, and anti-submarine surface and underwater vehicles, complete with weapons capabilities, are part of the Navy’s future fleet vision, one that will increase flexibility and extend reach at a lower cost. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Navy aims to integrate unmanned vehicles into carrier strike groups by mid-2020s," 23 June 2020 Lu resigned earlier this month as chairman and non-executive director of Car Inc., China’s biggest rental-car fleet operator. Bloomberg.com, "Luckin Seeks Chairman’s Resignation Amid Accounting Scandal," 27 June 2020 Still, as a young executive, Feeney spearheaded building what's still its bedrock business, Safelite Solutions, the arm that serves insurers, and fleet and rental car companies. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Safelite’s CEO on steering the company through crisis—and getting sales back to pre-pandemic levels," 27 June 2020 Lordstown Motors has received advance orders for fleet purchases of the Endurance, and plans to build 20,000 picks during the first year of production, the news release states. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Lordstown Motors debuts Endurance electric pickup truck with Goodyear tires," 25 June 2020 In addition to dogfights, squadrons will engage in fleet-sized battles and attempt to destroy the opposing side's flagship. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "'Star Wars: Squadrons': Video game with dogfights in a galaxy far, far away," 16 June 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 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 The good times were fleeting since Alabama intercepted four passes in the game. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "A few extra observations, historical context of Alabama’s 63-point win," 24 Nov. 2019 But those effects were fleeting, likely because the problem isn’t that businesses had too little money to spend. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "The great American labor paradox: Plentiful jobs, most of them bad," 21 Nov. 2019 Attacks on Biden's more moderate positions were fleeting, unlike in earlier debates. Anchorage Daily News, "Warren faces first sustained attack in debate that begins with unified condemnation of Trump," 16 Oct. 2019 Since Darrell Royal, who came recommended by none other than Bear Bryant, national success has been fleeting. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Texas needs to work on its optics, but what it really needs is to get its hires right," 8 Apr. 2020 Hopefully in smaller numbers, but the Navy leadership needs to have its plan and fleet wide guidance in place for dealing with the problem promptly. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Former commander of USS Theodore Roosevelt 'troubled' by removal of captain over coronavirus protests," 3 Apr. 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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30 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fleet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fleet. Accessed 5 Jul. 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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