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Meaning of flight by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Old English flyht, from Proto-Germanic *fluhtiz. Cognate with Dutch vlucht .


    • enPR: flīt, IPA: /flaɪt/, X-SAMPA: /flaIt/
    • Rhymes: -aɪt


    flight ( countable and uncountable; plural: flights )

    A jet in flight
    1. The act of flying .
      Birds are capable of flight
    2. An instance of flying .
      The migrating birds' flight took them to Africa .
    3. A collective term for doves or swallows .
    4. A journey made by an aircraft, eg a balloon, plane or space shuttle, particularly one between two airports, which needs to be reserved in advance .
      The flight to Paris leaves at 7 o'clock tonight
      Where is the departure gate for flight 747? / Go straight down and to the right .
    5. The act of fleeing. ( Flight is the noun which corresponds to the verb flee. )
      take flight
    6. A set of stairs or an escalator. A series of stairs between landings .
    7. A floor which is reached by stairs or escalators .
      How many flights is it up?
    8. A feather on an arrow or dart used to help it follow an even path .
    9. A paper plane .
    10. ( cricket ): The movement of a spinning ball through the air - concerns its speed, trajectory and drift .
    11. The ballistic trajectory of an arrow or other projectile .
    12. An aerodynamic surface designed to guide such a projectile's trajectory .
    13. Act of fleeing of a refugee or a fugitive .
    14. An air force unit .
    15. Several sample glasses of a specific wine varietal or other beverage. The pours are smaller than a full glass and the flight will generally include three to five different samples .
    16. ( engineering ) The shaped material forming the thread of a screw .


    flight ( comparative more flight, superlative most flight )

    1. ( obsolete ) Fast, swift .

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    Appendix:English collective nouns

Explanation of flight by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. decorate with feathers

    2. fly in a flock

    3. flighting wild geese
    4. shoot a bird in flight

    1. the act of escaping physically

    2. his flight was an indication of his guilt
    3. a scheduled trip by plane between designated airports

    4. I took the noon flight to Chicago
    5. an instance of traveling by air

    6. a stairway ( set of steps ) between one floor or landing and the next

    7. passing above and beyond ordinary bounds

    8. a flight of fancy
      flights of rhetoric
      flights of imagination
    9. an air force unit smaller than a squadron

    10. a formation of aircraft in flight

    11. a flock of flying birds

    12. the path followed by an object moving through space

    Definition of flight by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Flight ( flīt ), n. [AS. fliht, flyht, a flying, fr. fleógan to fly; cf. flyht a fleeing, fr. fleón to flee, G. flucht a fleeing, Sw. flykt, G. flug a flying, Sw. flygt, D. vlugt a fleeing or flying, Dan. flugt. √84. See Flee, Fly.]
      1. The act of flying; a passing through the air by the help of wings; volitation; mode or style of flying.

      Like the night owl's lazy flight. Shak.

      2. The act of fleeing; the act of running away, to escape danger or expected evil; hasty departure.

      Pray ye that your flight be not in the winter. Matt. xxiv. 20.

      Fain by flight to save themselves. Shak.

      3. Lofty elevation and excursion; a mounting; a soaring; as, “a flight of imagination, ambition, folly”.

      Could he have kept his spirit to that flight,

      He had been happy. Byron.

      His highest flights were indeed far below those of Taylor. Macaulay.

      4. A number of beings or things passing through the air together; especially, a flock of birds flying in company; the birds that fly or migrate together; the birds produced in one season; as, “a flight of arrows”. Swift.

      Swift flights of angels ministrant. Milton.

      Like a flight of fowl

      Scattered winds and tempestuous gusts. Shak.

      5. A series of steps or stairs from one landing to another. Parker.

      6. A kind of arrow for the longbow; also, the sport of shooting with it. See Shaft. [Obs.]

      Challenged Cupid at the flight. Shak.

      Not a flight drawn home

      E'er made that haste that they have. Beau. & Fl.

      7. The husk or glume of oats. [Prov. Eng.] Wright.

      8. a trip made by or in a flying vehicle, as an airplane, spacecraft, or aeronautical balloon.

      9. A scheduled flight8 on a commercial airline; as, “the next flight leaves at 8 o'clock”.

      Flight feathers ( Zool. ), the wing feathers of a bird, including the quills, coverts, and bastard wing. See Bird. -- To put to flight, To turn to flight, to compel to run away; to force to flee; to rout. -- to take a flight9, to make a trip in an airplane, especially a scheduled flight9.

      Syn. -- Pair; set. See Pair.