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 Proceeds from any sale would go toward the development of its spaceship fleet and other purposes. Dave Sebastian, WSJ, 12 July 2021 There is a fleet of robotic telescopes in space specially designed to delve into the inner workings of the sun. Dean Regas, The Enquirer, 7 July 2021 China's nuclear weapons are spaced out among mobile land launchers, a small fleet of ballistic missile submarines and its nuclear-capable bombers. Brad Lendon, CNN, 2 July 2021 The company made headlines recently after acquiring Electriphi, an EV fleet and energy solutions company that Ford will use to increase Ford’s foothold in the electric vehicle charging space. Q.ai - Investing Reimagined, Forbes, 21 June 2021 The planes Breeze will start with a fleet of 13 single-class Embraer E-190 and E-195 regional planes this summer. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 May 2021 Although Avelo's fleet and route network will remain limited for some time to come, folks in the western U.S. will enjoy bargain tickets to popular leisure destinations. Eric Rosen, Travel + Leisure, 8 May 2021 Then there’s the fashionable fleet of mobile mixologists. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 9 July 2021 The third ship of the new Virgin Voyages fleet, Resilient Lady, is expected to make its grand debut in Summer 2022, sailing around the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 9 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Additionally, Ultium Charge 360 will help support home charging and provide non-fleet drivers access to more than 60,000 public places to charge. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 16 July 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And under the hood, most school buses feature commercial-grade diesel engines that fleet mechanics have reliably maintained for years. Will Sutherland, Popular Mechanics, 14 July 2021 This year, 14% of vehicles sold were to fleet customers, compared with 22% in 2019—a difference of roughly 695,000 vehicles, the firm’s data shows. Mike Colias, WSJ, 12 July 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 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

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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 26 Jul. 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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