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flight

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noun, often attributive \ ˈflīt \

Definition of flight

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

play \ˈflīt-ləs\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of flight

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

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flight

verb

Definition of flight

transitive verb
intransitive verb
:to rise, settle, or fly in a flock
  • geese flighting on the marsh

First Known Use of flight

1571


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flight

noun

Definition of flight

:an act or instance of running away

Origin and Etymology of flight

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



FLIGHT Defined for Kids

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flight

play
noun \ ˈflīt \

Definition of flight for Students

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

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flight

noun

Definition of flight for Students

:the act of running away


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