- The definition of fleet is something that moves swiftly.
An example of fleet is someone who can move quickly or is very nimble.
- A fleet is defined as a group of ships, vessels or vehicles that operate together or that are under the control of one person.
- An example of fleet is a group of ships.
- An example of fleet is all of the cars owned by a rental car agency.
A fleet of naval warships.
- a number of warships under one command, usually in a definite area of operation
- the entire naval force of a country; navy
- any group of ships, trucks, buses, airplanes, etc. acting together or under one control
Origin of fleetMiddle English flete ; from Old English fleot ; from fleotan, to float: see fleet
- Obsolete to float; swim
- to move swiftly; flit; fly
- Archaic to pass away swiftly; disappear
Origin of fleetMiddle English fleten ; from Old English fleotan, akin to German fliessen ; from Indo-European an unverified form pleud- ; from base an unverified form pleu-, flow
- Rare to pass away (time)
- Naut. to change the position of (a rope, pulley block, etc.)
- swift; rapid
- Old Poet. evanescent
Origin of fleetMiddle English flete ; from Old English fleot, akin to Dutch vliet: base as in fleet
- a former small creek in London, now a covered sewer
- a debtor's prison which stood near this creekalso Fleet Prison
- A number of warships operating together under one command.
- A group of vessels or vehicles, such as taxicabs or fishing boats, owned or operated as a unit.
Origin of fleetMiddle English flete, from Old English flēot, from flēotan, to float; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.
- Moving swiftly and nimbly. See Synonyms at fast1.
- Fleeting; evanescent.
verbfleet·ed, fleet·ing, fleets
- To move or pass swiftly: The summer days fleeted by.
- To fade; vanish: beauty that is fleeting away.
- Obsolete To flow.
- Obsolete To drift.
- To cause (time) to pass quickly.
- Nautical To alter the position of (tackle or rope, for example).
Origin of fleetProbably from Old Norse fljōtr. V., from Middle English fleten, to drift, float, from Old English flēotan; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.
- The stream that ran where Fleet Street now runs.
- A former prison in London, which originally stood near the stream.
From fleet (stream, estuary)