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flying

adjective fly·ing \ ˈflī-iŋ \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of flying

1 a :moving or capable of moving in the air
b :moving or made by moving rapidly
  • flying feet
  • a flying leap
c :very brief
2 :intended for ready movement or action
  • a flying squad car
3 :having stylized wings used especially of livestock brand marks
4 :of or relating to the operation of aircraft
  • a flying club
5 :traversed or to be traversed (as in speed-record trials) after a running start
  • a flying kilometer
with flying colors
: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

Definition of flying

1 :travel by air
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

adjective

Definition of flying for English Language Learners

  • : moving or able to move in the air


flying

noun

Definition of flying for English Language Learners

  • : the activity of traveling in an aircraft



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