- 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.
fleet definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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: Middle 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: Middle English flete ; from Old English fleot, akin to Dutch vliet: base as in fleet
fleet definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Middle English flete, from Old English flēot, from flēotan, to float; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.
adjective fleet·er, fleet·est
- Moving swiftly; rapid or nimble. See Synonyms at fast1.
- Fleeting; evanescent.
- To move or pass swiftly.
- To fade out; vanish.
- Archaic To flow.
- Obsolete To drift.
- To cause (time) to pass quickly.
- Nautical To alter the position of (tackle or rope, for example).
Origin: Probably from Old Norse fljōtr. V., from Middle English fleten, to drift, float, from Old English flēotan; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.
- fleetˈly adverb
- fleetˈness noun
fleet - Phrases/Idioms
- a former small creek in London, now a covered sewer
- a debtor's prison which stood near this creekalso Fleet Prison