A fleet of naval warships.
- 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 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
- Obs. 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 number of vessels having a shared origin, purpose, or area of operation: the Japanese merchant fleet; the North Pacific fishing fleet.
- A group of vehicles, such as taxicabs or airliners, 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)