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flying

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adjective fly·ing \ˈflī-iŋ\

Definition of flying

  1. 1a :  moving or capable of moving in the airb :  moving or made by moving rapidly flying feet a flying leapc :  very brief

  2. 2 :  intended for ready movement or action a flying squad car

  3. 3 :  having stylized wings —used especially of livestock brand marks

  4. 4 :  of or relating to the operation of aircraft a flying club

  5. 5 :  traversed or to be traversed (as in speed-record trials) after a running start a flying kilometer

with flying colors

  1. :  with complete or eminent success

Examples of flying in a Sentence

  1. a story about a flying car

  2. a flying attempt at finishing the work

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First Known Use of flying

before 12th century


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flying

noun fly·ing

Definition of flying

  1. 1 :  travel by air

  2. 2 :  the operation of an aircraft or spacecraft

Examples of flying in a Sentence

  1. had never had the slightest fear of flying

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First Known Use of flying

1548




FLYING Defined for English Language Learners

flying

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adjective

Definition of flying for English Language Learners

  • : moving or able to move in the air

flying

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Definition of flying for English Language Learners

  • : the activity of traveling in an aircraft



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