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 [ 2fleet ] : 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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But the yacht, trailed by a fleet of small boats, wheeled around. Anne Barnard, New York Times, "Greta Thunberg, Climate Activist, Arrives in N.Y. With a Message for Trump," 28 Aug. 2019 Yet a recent midafternoon visit, populated by a fleet of postal carriers on break, gave me an idea of how happy the nonstop crew behind the counter must be. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Market Lunch may be the only thing in town that brings both parties to the table," 28 Aug. 2019 Fake moon: Details are unclear in what is already an incredibly hazy report, but apparently there have been proposals for a fake moon, which could perhaps be created by a fleet of drones or involve live-streaming images from space. James Vincent, The Verge, "Robot cage fights and flying taxis: leaked documents reveal Saudi Arabia’s plans for its next megacity," 26 July 2019 The informal retailers can order their goods from Sokowatch’s online platform by SMS, phone or mobile app and the goods are delivered to the retailers by its fleet of three-wheeled tuktuks. Yinka Adegoke, Quartz Africa, "The promise of e-commerce in Africa might not be where we think," 22 July 2019 King County has only one active landfill, where the rubbish produced by more than 1.4 million people is hauled, dumped, compacted and layered into a modest trash mountain lorded over by a fleet of semi-trucks, bulldozers and bald eagles. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "King County’s landfill has been almost full for two decades. What happens next?," 26 Mar. 2019 Powered by a shadow fleet, this multi-billion-dollar criminal enterprise hurts legit fishermen and wreaks environmental havoc through overfishing. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "How Small Satellites Will Help Police Earth's Vast Oceans," 4 Feb. 2019 Initially, the deliveries will be made by Nuro's fleet of modified Toyota Priuses with a safety driver behind the wheel. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Kroger launches autonomous grocery delivery service in Arizona," 16 Aug. 2018 More than 2,800 firefighters aided by a fleet of aircraft were battling the fire, but only 7 percent of its perimeter was contained. Fox News, "2 more firefighters hurt battling blaze near Yosemite," 21 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Your observations of a new road, a higher fence, a longer commute might hit your gut, but are most likely fleeting. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Development devours U.S. natural landscape at rate of 2 football fields per minute, study finds," 6 Aug. 2019 But such opportunities could be fleeting for many in the field. Steve Peoples, The Denver Post, "In crowded 2020 Democratic field, a clear top tier emerges," 16 July 2019 But his greatness was fleeting; Murray's was far lengthier, and more consistent: 41 weeks at No. 1 in the heart of the Big 3 era! Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Why Have Younger Players Struggled To Challenge the Big 3?," 3 July 2019 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

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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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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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