- that flies or can fly
- moving as if flying; moving swiftly; fast
- like flight through the air
- hasty and brief: a flying trip
- of or for aircraft or aviators
- organized to act quickly, as in an emergency: a flying squad
the action of a person or thing that flies
- Of or relating to aviation: a flying time of three hours between cities.
- Capable of or engaged in flight: The bat is a flying mammal.
- Situated, extending, or functioning in the air: a flying deck.
- a. Swiftly moving; fleet: played the difficult passage with flying fingers.b. Done or performed swiftly in or as if in the air: crossed the goal line with a flying leap.
- Brief; hurried: took a flying glance at the report.
- Capable of swift deployment or response; extremely mobile.
- Nautical Not secured by spars or stays. Used of a sail.
- Flight in an aircraft or spacecraft.
- The piloting or navigation of an aircraft or spacecraft.
- Present participle of fly.
- An act of flight.
fly + -ing
Variant of fly
intransitive verbflew, flown, flying
- to move through the air; specif.,
- to move through the air by using wings, as a bird does
- to travel through the air in an aircraft or through space in a spacecraft
- to be propelled through the air
- to operate an aircraft or spacecraft
- to wave or float in the air, as a flag or kite does
- to move swiftly: the door flew open
- to appear to pass swiftly: time flies
- to be used up swiftly: said of money, etc.
- to run away; flee
- Informal to be successful, acceptable, etc.: that explanation just won't fly
- to hunt with a hawk
- Baseball to hit a fly
Origin of flyMiddle English flien, flegen ; from Old English fleogan, akin to Middle Dutch vlegen, German fliegen ; from Indo-European an unverified form pleuk- ; from base an unverified form pleu-: see flow
- to cause to float in the air: fly a kite
- to display (a flag) as from a pole
- to operate (an aircraft or spacecraft)
- to travel over in an aircraft
- to travel via (a particular airline, aircraft, etc.)
- to carry or transport in an aircraft
- to run away from; flee from; avoid
- to use (a hawk) to hunt game
- Theater to suspend (flats, lights, etc.) in the space above the stage
- Rare the act of flying; flight
- a garment closure concealing the zipper, buttons, etc. by a fold or flap of cloth, esp. such a closure in the front of a pair of trousersin full fly front
- such a fold or flap
- a garment closure concealing the zipper, buttons, etc. by a fold or flap of cloth, esp. such a closure in the front of a pair of trousers
- a flap serving as the door of a tent
- a piece of fabric serving as an outer or second top on a tent
- the length of an extended flag measured from the staff outward
- the outside edge of a flag
- a regulating device, as for a clockwork mechanism, consisting of vanes radiating from a rotating shaft
- Brit. a hackney carriage
- Baseball a ball batted high in the air, esp. within the foul lines
- Football a pass pattern in which the receiver runs straight up the field at full speed
- Theater the space behind and above the proscenium arch, containing overhead lights, raised flats, etc.
to attack suddenly by or as by flying or springing toward
to have a violent outburst of: fly into a rage
to go away quickly or suddenly; hurry off
Baseball to be put out by hitting a fly that is caught by a fielder
let fly (at)
- to shoot or throw (at)
- to direct a verbal attack (at)
on the fly
- while in flight
- Informal while in a hurry