\ ˈflōn How to pronounce flown (audio) \

Definition of flown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past participle of fly



Definition of flown (Entry 2 of 2)

: filled to excess

Examples of flown in a Sentence

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When high-flown sophistication meets grounded simplicity? Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Il Pellicano x Birkenstock: A Dream Italian Vacation Plan Is Almost Here," 15 May 2019 The company has now flown 17 missions this year, and with half a dozen more on its manifest for the rest of the year, SpaceX seems likely to eclipse its record of 18 missions in 2017. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A rocket goes up, a rocket comes down. The photos are something else," 8 Oct. 2018 Finally, early the next morning, both squids were loaded onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane and flown post-haste to the U.S. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Operation Calamari: How the Smithsonian Got Its Giant Squids," 21 June 2018 The starting cost of a flown Falcon 9 is about $50 million, while new vehicles start around $60 million. Loren Grush, The Verge, "With the landing of SpaceX’s powerful new Falcon 9, a new era of rocket reusability takes off," 11 May 2018 In the statement, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said protesters had burned tires and flown kites -- with what the statement described as burning items attached -- over the border. Abeer Salman, Ian Lee And Andrew Carey, CNN, "UN Middle East envoy slams killing of Palestinian teen in Gaza," 20 Apr. 2018 There’s also plenty of high-flown debate about technology, freedom and inequality. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, "Noam Chomsky, Elon Musk and Ayn Rand Walk Into a Puppet Show," 16 Apr. 2018 No other Muslim author, let alone one writing in high-flown classical Arabic, has had comparable influence on thinkers and scholars in both the Islamic world and the West. Eric Ormsby, WSJ, "Why History Goes in Circles," 16 Mar. 2018 Farekh was detained in Pakistan in 2015, transferred to U.S. custody, questioned and then secretly flown to New York to face terrorism charges. Washington Post, "Al-Qaeda operative born in Texas sentenced to 45 years for conspiring to murder Americans, supporting terrorism," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of flown


1626, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flown


archaic past participle of flow entry 1

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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