- Flight is defined as the act of flying or leaving.
- An example of flight is a bird in the sky.
- An example of a flight is traveling by airplane from New York to California.
- An example of flight is running away from a burning building.
A bird in flight.
flight definition by Webster's New World
- the act, manner, or power of flying or moving through space
- the distance covered or that can be covered at one time by an airplane, bird, projectile, etc.
- a group of things flying through the air together: a flight of birds, arrows, etc.
- a military flight formation
- the smallest tactical unit in an air force; specif., in the U.S. Air Force, a subdivision of a squadron
- an airplane scheduled to fly a certain route at a certain time
- a trip by airplane or spacecraft
- an outburst or soaring above the ordinary: a flight of fancy
- a set of stairs, as between landings or floors
- a flight arrow
- Sports a division of contestants grouped according to ability
Origin: Middle English fliht ; from Old English flyht (akin to Old Saxon fluht, Dutch vlucht) ; from base of fleogan, fly
Origin: Middle English fliht, fluht ; from Old English flyht ; from base of fleon, flee
flight definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The motion of an object in or through a medium, especially through the earth's atmosphere or through space.b. An instance of such motion.c. The distance covered in such motion.
- a. The act or process of flying through the air by means of wings.b. The ability to fly.
- A swift passage or movement.
- A scheduled airline run or trip.
- A group, especially of birds or aircraft, flying together. See Synonyms at flock1.
- A number of aircraft in the U.S. Air Force forming a subdivision of a squadron.
- A round of competition, as in a sports tournament.
- An exuberant or transcendent effort or display: a flight of the imagination; flights of oratory.
- A series of stairs rising from one landing to another.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English flyht; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English *flyht; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.
flight - Phrases/Idioms
put to flight
take (to) flight