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
2 : fleeting

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 At one point, the New York guard Elfrid Payton was at the free-throw line, and the Garden shook with epithets against Young—who, with his fleet, young-pony drives, was putting together another masterpiece—effectively distracting our own player. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 2 June 2021 The announcement Friday marks the first time that the U.S. has sought to block imports from a company's entire fishing fleet, a sign that the CBP's investigation found evidence of widespread abuse on Dalian vessels around the world. Ben Fox, ajc, 29 May 2021 Anadolu is in the final stages of construction and could join the fleet in 2022. David Axe, Forbes, 10 May 2021 The Sea Shadow would never officially join the fleet, but according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), designers applied lessons learned from the Sea Shadow for the Navy's new Zumwalt-class destroyers. Abe Dane, Popular Mechanics, 3 Dec. 2020 The bright scarlet bikes — which feature an electric motor that kicks in as the cyclist pedals to give them a boost — join a fleet of dockless scooters scattered across the city. Yvonne Wenger, baltimoresun.com, 11 Oct. 2020 Notably, though, Psaki only said the president was thinking about electrifying the White House’s fleet, not necessarily converting it exclusively to EVs. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 20 May 2021 Aside from seeking qualified bus drivers, MCTS is offering a $2,000 sign-on bonus to skilled mechanics to join the team to help clean, fuel and maintain the fleet of buses. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 May 2021 Especially when the items not resident on the Burke class may not be widely used in the future fleet? Loren Thompson, Forbes, 20 May 2021 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, 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, 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, 7 Nov. 2019 Receiver Jaylen Erwin on Sunday didn’t list Allen among the fleetest players on the team. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 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, 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, 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, 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, 14 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It was originally promised to fleet customers early this year and to others by the end of the year. Annie White, Car and Driver, 8 June 2021 And the financial imperatives of the business required a short-term approach to fleet management that left them unprepared for the economy’s zero-to-60 restart. Author: David J. Lynch, Yeganeh Torbati, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2021 And the financial imperatives of the business required a short-term approach to fleet management that left them unprepared for the economy’s zero-to-60 restart. Author: David J. Lynch, Yeganeh Torbati, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2021 And the financial imperatives of the business required a short-term approach to fleet management that left them unprepared for the economy’s zero-to-60 restart. Author: David J. Lynch, Yeganeh Torbati, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2021 Hyundai’s sales to fleet buyers fell 27% in April as the company dedicated is production to satisfying retail dealerships, said Jose Munoz, chief operating officer. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 4 May 2021 And the financial imperatives of the business required a short-term approach to fleet management that left them unprepared for the economy’s zero-to-60 restart. Author: David J. Lynch, Yeganeh Torbati, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2021 And the financial imperatives of the business required a short-term approach to fleet management that left them unprepared for the economy's zero-to-60 restart. BostonGlobe.com, 1 May 2021 And the financial imperatives of the business required a short-term approach to fleet management that left them unprepared for the economy’s zero-to-60 restart. Washington Post, 1 May 2021

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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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“Fleet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fleet. Accessed 18 Jun. 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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