flight

1 of 3

noun (1)

plural flights
often attributive
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
3
a
: 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.
4
a
: 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
6
a
: 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
flightless adjective

flight

2 of 3

verb

flighted; flighting; flights

intransitive verb

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

flight

3 of 3

noun (2)

: an act or instance of running away

Examples of flight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The cap displays the mythical red bird in flight above the desert landscape through which the Huachichil wandered. Shivani Vora, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 After a years-long battle, the 52-year-old WikiLeaks founder is down to his only remaining legal avenue in the British justice system and now just two UK High Court judges stand between him and a possible flight across the Atlantic. Lauren Said-Moorhouse, CNN, 20 Feb. 2024 Learn more about Breeze's flight offerings via our site or the app. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 20 Feb. 2024 That route essentially follows the path of totality, maximizing the duration of the eclipse for those in flight. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 20 Feb. 2024 Across Southeast Asia, pre-pandemic links with Europe have all but vanished as Philippine Airlines Inc., Garuda Indonesia and Thai Airways International Pcl cut flights. Angus Whitley, Fortune, 19 Feb. 2024 Some lucky passengers are about to find out on this Delta flight. Mackenzie Schmidt, Peoplemag, 19 Feb. 2024 After his grandmother died in Ontario a few years ago, British Columbia resident Jake Moffatt visited Air Canada’s website to book a flight for the funeral. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2024 Air Serbia is in talks to start a nonstop direct flight between Miami and Belgrade later this year. Vinod Sreeharsha, Miami Herald, 17 Feb. 2024
Verb
This was an important step toward returning the VSS Unity spacecraft to flight and potentially achieving commercial service later this year. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 17 Feb. 2023 At 18, Murray flighted a wedge from 78 yards inside three feet to match Bradley’s 67 and tied An (64), who two-putted for birdie ahead of him to get to 17 under. Adam Schupak, The Arizona Republic, 15 Jan. 2024 Emirates flight 522 from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Dubai International Airport (DXB) touched down almost an hour ahead of schedule. Amanda Maile, ABC News, 2 Nov. 2023 Mental health and stress are very closely related, and bringing the nervous system from fight or flight to rest and digestion is how your best decision-making occurs. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 21 June 2023 Mullinax was life flighted to a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, for his injuries. Dianne Gallagher, CNN, 10 May 2023 On Monday, Xi hit out at the United States, while calling on China’s private companies to flight alongside the Communist Party and boost growth and tech innovation. Laura He, CNN, 8 Mar. 2023 So what causes turbulence, and how can flight crews and passengers protect themselves? Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Mar. 2023 On peak days in July, Sun Country will flight twice each day. Scott McMurren, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of flight was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Flight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flight. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

flight

1 of 2 noun
1
: an act or instance of passing through the air by the use of wings
a flight in a plane
the flight of birds
2
a
: a passing through the air or through outer space
the flight of a bullet
the flight of a rocket to the moon
b
: the distance covered in a flight
3
: a scheduled airplane trip
4
: a group of similar things flying through the air together
a flight of ducks
5
: a brilliant, imaginative, or uncontrolled exercise or display
a flight of fancy
6
: a continuous series of stairs from one landing or floor to another

flight

2 of 2 noun
: an act or instance of running away

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