\ˈflōn \

Definition of flown 

(Entry 1 of 2)

past participle of fly



Definition of flown (Entry 2 of 2)

: filled to excess

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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 Butler’s opening speech was full of high-flown rhetoric, praising the Founding Fathers for their wisdom in creating the possibility of impeachment. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Political Circus and Constitutional Crisis of Andrew Johnson’s Impeachment," 27 Feb. 2018 Conner was brain dead and flown to Florida a few days later where she was taken off life support. Raquel Rutledge, USA TODAY, "Mexico blackouts, injuries and deaths at resorts spark investigation of State Department," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of flown


1626, in the meaning defined above

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archaic past participle of flow entry 1

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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