A bird in flight.
- 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.
- 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 of flightMiddle English fliht ; from Old English flyht (akin to Old Saxon fluht, Dutch vlucht) ; from base of fleogan, fly
Origin of flightMiddle English fliht, fluht ; from Old English flyht ; from base of fleon, flee
put to flight
take (to) flight
- 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: the long flight from Seattle to Little Rock.
- a. The act or process of flying through the air by means of wings.b. The ability to fly: Flight is characteristic of nearly all birds.
- A swift passage or movement: barely noticed the flight of time.
- A scheduled airline run or trip into space: the 7:00 flight to New York; the next flight of the space shuttle.
- A group, especially of birds or aircraft, flying together.
- A number of aircraft in the US 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.
- A curved plate or flange that winds in a spiral around the center shaft of an auger, designed to transport loose material upward or backward along the shaft as the auger rotates. Also called flighting.
intransitive verbflight·ed, flight·ing, flights
Origin of flightMiddle English, from Old English flyht; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of flightMiddle English, from Old English *flyht; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural flights)
- The act of flying.
- Birds are capable of flight
- An instance of flying.
- The migrating birds' flight took them to Africa.
- A collective term for doves or swallows.
- A journey made by an aircraft, eg a balloon, plane or space shuttle, particularly one between two airports, which needs to be reserved in advance.
- The flight to Paris leaves at 7 o'clock tonight
- Where is the departure gate for flight 747? / Go straight down and to the right.
- The act of fleeing. (Flight is the noun which corresponds to the verb flee.)
- take flight
- A set of stairs or an escalator. A series of stairs between landings.
- A floor which is reached by stairs or escalators.
- How many flights is it up?
- A feather on an arrow or dart used to help it follow an even path.
- A paper plane.
- (cricket) The movement of a spinning ball through the air - concerns its speed, trajectory and drift.
- The ballistic trajectory of an arrow or other projectile.
- An aerodynamic surface designed to guide such a projectile's trajectory.
- Act of fleeing of a refugee or a fugitive.
- An air force unit.
- Several sample glasses of a specific wine varietal or other beverage. The pours are smaller than a full glass and the flight will generally include three to five different samples.
- (engineering) The shaped material forming the thread of a screw.
(third-person singular simple present flights, present participle flighting, simple past and past participle flighted)
From Middle English, from Old English flyht, from Proto-Germanic *fluhtiz. Cognate with Dutch vlucht and German Flucht.