flight

noun (1), often attributive
\ˈflīt \
plural flights

Definition of flight 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : an act or instance of passing through the air by the use of wings the flight of a bee

b : the ability to fly flight is natural to birds

2a : a passing through the air or through space outside the earth's atmosphere flight of an arrow the flight of a rocket to the moon

b : the distance covered in such a flight

c : swift movement

3a : a trip made by or in an airplane or spacecraft a transatlantic flight

b(1) : a scheduled airplane trip Our flight is at noon.

(2) the airplane that is making a trip They boarded flight 109.

4a : a group of similar beings or objects flying through the air together a flight of geese

b : a number of competitors (as in a sport) grouped together on the basis of demonstrated skill or ability or for purposes of elimination contests prior to a final test At a meet, shot putters and discus throwers are often separated into flights.— Kristin Wolden Nitz

c : a selection of alcoholic drinks (such as wines, beers, or whiskeys) for tasting as a group Most of the 20 people attending the tasting were German wine collectors and they seemed almost always to prefer the most powerful wine in each flight.— James Suckling The tour meets in the White Labs tasting room, where you will have to ignore the siren call of the beer flights and follow your guide to the actual labs.— Karla Peterson

5 : a brilliant, imaginative, or unrestrained exercise or display a flight of fancy

6a : a continuous series of stairs from one landing or floor to another Her apartment is four flights up.

b : a series (as of terraces or conveyors) resembling a flight of stairs

7 : a unit of the U.S. Air Force below a squadron

flight

verb
flighted; flighting; flights

Definition of flight (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to rise, settle, or fly in a flock geese flighting on the marsh

flight

noun (2)

Definition of flight (Entry 3 of 3)

: an act or instance of running away

Other Words from flight

Noun (1)

flightless \ˈflīt-ləs \ adjective

First Known Use of flight

Noun (1)

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

Verb

1571, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flight

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English flyht; akin to Middle Dutch vlucht flight, Old English flēogan to fly

Noun (2)

Middle English fluht, fliht; akin to Old High German fluht flight, Old English flēon to flee

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More Definitions for flight

flight

noun
\ˈflīt \

Kids Definition of flight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an act of passing through the air by the use of wings the flight of a bee

2 : a passing through the air or space a balloon flight the flight of a space shuttle

3 : a trip by an airplane or spacecraft a flight to Chicago a flight to Mars

4 : a group of similar things flying through the air together a flight of ducks

5 : an extraordinary display a flight of imagination

6 : a series of stairs from one level or floor to the next

flight

noun

Kids Definition of flight (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of running away

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