Fleet definition

flēt
To cause (time) to pass quickly.
verb
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To fade; vanish.

Beauty that is fleeting away.

verb
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(obsolete) To flow.
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(nautical) To alter the position of (tackle or rope, for example).
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The definition of fleet is something that moves swiftly.

An example of fleet is someone who can move quickly or is very nimble.

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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.

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A number of warships under one command, usually in a definite area of operation.
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The entire naval force of a country; navy.
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A small inlet; creek.
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The stream that ran where Fleet Street now runs.
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A former prison in London, which originally stood near the stream.
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A number of warships operating together under one command.
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A group of vessels or vehicles, such as taxicabs or fishing boats, owned or operated as a unit.
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Moving swiftly and nimbly.
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To move or pass swiftly.

The summer days fleeted by.

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(archaic) To pass away swiftly; disappear.
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Swift; rapid.
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Any group of ships, trucks, buses, airplanes, etc. acting together or under one control.
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(naut.) To change the position of (a rope, pulley block, etc.)
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(old poet.) Evanescent.
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Fleeting; evanescent.
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(obsolete) To drift.
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(obs.) To float; swim.
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To move swiftly; flit; fly.
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(rare) To pass away (time)
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the Fleet
  • a former small creek in London, now a covered sewer
  • a debtor's prison which stood near this creek
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
fleet
Plural:
fleets

Adjective

Base Form:
fleet
Comparative:
fleeter
Superlative:
fleetest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the Fleet

Origin of fleet

  • Probably from Old Norse fljōtr V., from Middle English fleten to drift, float from Old English flēotan pleu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English flete from Old English flēot from flēotan to float pleu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From fleet (stream, estuary)

    From Wiktionary