fleet

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

Definition of fleet

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

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

fleet

noun

Definition of fleet (Entry 2 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 3 of 3)

1 : swift in motion : nimble
2 : fleeting

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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: Verb

In the years between Butkus and Singletary, success was fleeting for the Bears, who in that time qualified for the playoffs twice, one-and-done appearances as wild-card qualifiers in 1977 and ’79. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 59, Jim Osborne," 8 July 2019 But the Schnitzelburg bar's future is fleeting, a victim of America's embrace of LGBTQ lifestyle. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "It's 'Cheers, but queer.' Louisville’s last lesbian bar reflects shift in LGBTQ nightlife," 28 June 2019 While some of them are fleeting, others last for weeks. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Single man falls off friends’ radar after they get married," 18 June 2019 While some of them are fleeting, others last for weeks. Dear Abby, oregonlive.com, "Dear Abby: Single dude feels left behind by his married friends," 18 June 2019 But such moments are fleeting and this Ado offers too much joy to worry about vexing questions. Allison Adato, EW.com, "Danielle Brooks shines in a near-perfect Much Ado About Nothing: EW review," 12 June 2019 Any revealing frames are fleeting and appear accidental. Amanda Taub, New York Times, "On YouTube’s Digital Playground, an Open Gate for Pedophiles," 3 June 2019 In an era dominated by fleeting, fungible digital interactions, Poster House is a triumphant monument to the idea that powerful visuals on ink and paper can shape culture and sometimes even alter the course of history. Anne Quito, Quartzy, "A new museum dedicated to the enduring power of posters opens in New York City," 20 June 2019 Peace and acceptance are fleeting, anger and depression relentless. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Much deeper, weirder and more interesting than ‘Florida Man’," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Lytx joined the Qualcomm accelerator in part to gain access to more city fleets, which could become potential customers for DriveCam. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lytx, which has a database of traffic data, joins Qualcomm accelerator for smart cities technologies," 13 July 2019 Costs for each seat flown a mile, a gauge of efficiency, increased 1.4% in the second quarter from a year earlier, driven partly by Delta's decision to retire its aged MD-90 fleet by 2023, two years earlier than planned. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Delta's tailwinds: Summer travel demand, grounded Max jets boost profit outlook," 11 July 2019 The co-owner of the fleet, Mr. Messados, did not respond to requests for comment. Brian M. Rosenthal, New York Times, "A Super Bowl Trip, a Bribery Indictment and the Taxi Industry’s Corruption," 11 July 2019 Nuclear would also quickly disappear in that scenario; forty-five per cent of the current nuclear fleet, representing twelve per cent of the power grid’s current zero-carbon capacity, could be retired. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "The Case for Declaring a National Climate Emergency," 11 July 2019 Flyadeal will operate an entirely Airbus fleet, the company said Sunday in a statement, buying as many as 50 A320neo-family planes from Boeing’s European rival. BostonGlobe.com, "Prices at the pump still below the national average," 9 July 2019 Flyadeal will operate an entirely Airbus SE fleet, the company said Sunday in a statement, buying as many as 50 A320neo-family planes from Boeing’s European rival. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Boeing’s 737 Max loses its first customer as Flyadeal goes to Airbus," 7 July 2019 Part of the Silversea fleet, the Silver Explorer, is billed as an expeditionary vessel. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Exploring Polynesia's Islands by Cruise," 28 June 2019 The Fixes: New bicycle parking, air pumps, bike share fleets, and off-street regional routes are all worthwhile investments. Copenhagenize Design Co., WIRED, "The 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities on the Planet, Ranked," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 While Onyewu and Elliott aren't the fleetest of foot, both are rarely out of position. Marc Narducci, Philly.com, "Union's five-game unbeaten surge built on key position changes," 19 May 2017 Yokosuka is one of the most important military ports in the Pacific, home to both the U.S. 7th Fleet and the fleet headquarters of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Forces, Japan's navy. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Two U.S. Aircraft Carriers Are Now Prowling the Pacific," 17 May 2017 Steve Kudla is probably known as the fleetest flavorist around McCormick and Company after his performance in a 5K race last Saturday. Bill Blewett, The Aegis, "Steve Kudla loves running and Old Bay," 25 May 2017 In fast and fleet fashion, Pohjonen zipped through the outer movements, producing a good deal of color and subtly underlining the score's jazz elements. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Atmosphere, virtuosity in BSO program with Markus Stenz, Juho Pohjonen," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of fleet

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

circa 1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fleet

Verb

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

Noun

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

Adjective

probably from fleet entry 1

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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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