- 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.
- A group of vessels or vehicles.
- (nautical) A number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also, the collective naval force of a country, etc.
- (nautical, British Royal Navy) Any command of vessels exceeding a squadron in size, or a rear-admiral's command, composed of five sail-of-the-line, with any number of smaller vessels.
- (nautical) A location, as on a navigable river, where barges are secured.
(third-person singular simple present fleets, present participle fleeting, simple past and past participle fleeted)
- To pass over rapidly; to skim the surface of
- a ship that fleets the gulf
- To hasten over; to cause to pass away lightly, or in mirth and joy
- And so through this dark world they fleet / Divided, till in death they meet; -- Percy Shelley, Rosalind and Helen.
- (nautical) To move up a rope, so as to haul to more advantage; especially to draw apart the blocks of a tackle.
- To cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or windlass, as a rope or chain.
- To take the cream from; to skim.
(comparative fleeter or more fleet, superlative fleetest or most fleet)