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 The squadron trains new naval aviators, naval flight officers, and naval aircrewmen in electronic warfare tactics, techniques, and procedures in preparation for their fleet assignments, according to the Navy. Kelsie Smith, CNN, "US Navy's first Black female tactical jet pilot gets her 'wings of gold'," 31 July 2020 The Los Angeles Department of Transportation, the city’s transit authority, wants an all-electric fleet by 2028. Anne C. Mulkern, Scientific American, "Los Angeles Accelerates Efforts to Electrify Its Infamous Traffic," 30 July 2020 Another $400 million will go toward buying new trucks and trailers for YRC’s aging fleet, according to the filing. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "YRC Lenders Agree to Extend Trucker’s Debt Terms," 8 July 2020 Residents looking to dispose of scrap tires can do so during the fall tire roundup, which will be Sept. 1-30 at the fleet garage. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Taking a look at West Park before its annexation to Cleveland: A Place in the Sun," 7 July 2020 Major automakers posted lower U.S. monthly or quarterly new vehicle sales on Wednesday due in large part to weak fleet orders, but said consumer demand remained robust despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Washington Post, "Major automakers post lower vehicle sales, but say consumer demand is rebounding," 1 July 2020 Amazon has also invested in electric vehicle company Rivian, potentially putting the pieces together for a fleet of self-driving zero-emission trucks to deliver the millions of items people order from the company each year. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Amazon Buys Autonomous Tech Company Zoox, and Elon Musk Is Amused," 29 June 2020 As is the case with rival Apple's larger fleet, Microsoft stores attract a more affluent shopper. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Microsoft is permanently closing all but four of its retail stores," 26 June 2020 The Census also is being promoted with ads on VIA Metropolitan Transit’s bus fleet and on 500 digital monitors on those buses. Peggy O’hare, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio City Council hears plans to push for census responses before door knocking starts," 18 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 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 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

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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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Time Traveler for fleet

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

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Cite this Entry

“Fleet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fleet. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for fleet

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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