Definition of fly
(Entry 1 of 6)
1a : to move in or pass through the air with wings bees flying around the hive
b : to move through the air or before the wind or through outer space bullets flying in all directions
c : to float, wave, or soar in the air flags flying at half-mast
2a : to take flight : flee was forced to fly for his life when his enemies came into power
b : to fade and disappear : vanish mists flying before the morning sun
3a : to move, pass, or spread quickly rumors were flying
b : to be moved with sudden extreme emotion flew into a rage
c : to seem to pass quickly the time simply flew
4 : to become expended or dissipated rapidly After he became established in the town, his inheritance flew.
5 : to operate or travel in an airplane or spacecraft They flew to Florida for their vacation.
6 : to work successfully : win popular acceptance knew … a pure human-rights approach would not fly— Charles Brydon
1a : to cause to fly, float, or hang in the air flying a kite
b : to operate (something, such as a balloon, aircraft, rocket, or spacecraft) in flight
c : to journey over or through by flying flew the Atlantic
3 : to transport by aircraft or spacecraft Supplies were flown to the disaster area.
fly atfly blindfly highfly in the face of or fly in the teeth of
: to assail suddenly and violently He flew at me in a rage.
: to fly an airplane solely by instruments
: to be elated She was flying high after winning the contest.
: to stand or act forthrightly or brazenly in defiance or contradiction of His explanation flies in the face of the evidence.
Definition of fly (Entry 2 of 6)
1 : the action or process of flying : flight
2a : a device consisting of two or more radial vanes capable of rotating on a spindle to act as a fan or to govern the speed of clockwork or very light machinery
b : flywheel
3 flies plural : the space over a theater stage where scenery and equipment can be hung
4 : something attached by one edge: such as
a : a garment closing concealed by a fold of cloth extending over the fastener
b(1) : the length of an extended flag from its staff or support
(2) : the outer or loose end of a flag
5 : a baseball hit high into the air
6 : flyleaf
7 : a sheet of material (such as canvas) that is attachable to a tent for use as a double top or as a rooflike extension
8 : a football pass pattern in which the receiver runs straight downfield
on the fly
Definition of fly (Entry 3 of 6)
: to hit a fly in baseball
Definition of fly (Entry 4 of 6)
1 : a winged insect —usually used in combination mayfliesbutterfly
2a : any of a large order (Diptera) of winged or rarely wingless insects (such as the housefly, mosquito, or gnat) that have the anterior wings functional, the posterior wings reduced to halteres, and segmented often headless, eyeless, and legless larvae — compare maggot
b : a large stout-bodied fly
3 : a fishhook dressed (as with feathers or tinsel) to suggest an insect
fly in the ointment
: a detracting factor or element
Definition of Fly (Entry 6 of 6)
river 650 miles (1046 kilometers) long in southern New Guinea flowing southeast into the Gulf of Papua
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