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Fleet meaning

fleet - 21 dictionary results

  1. 1. disappear gradually; " The pain eventually passed off"
  2. 2. To sail; to float.
  3. 3. To fly swiftly; to pass over quickly; to hasten; to flit as a light substance.
  4. 4. To pass over rapidly; to skin the surface of; as, a ship that fleets the gulf.
  5. 5. To hasten over; to cause to pass away lighty, or in mirth and joy.
  6. 6. To cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or windlass, as a rope or chain.
  7. 7. Swift in motion; moving with velocity; light and quick in going from place to place; nimble.
  8. 8. Light; superficially thin; not penetrating deep, as soil.
  9. 9. A number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also, the collective naval force of a country, etc.
  10. 10. A flood; a creek or inlet; a bay or estuary; a river; -- obsolete, except as a place name, -- as Fleet Street in London.
  11. 11. A former prison in London, which originally stood near a stream, the Fleet ( now filled up).
  12. 12. To take the cream from; to skim.
  13. 13. To move or change in position; used only in special phrases; as, of fleet aft the crew.
  14. 14. To slip on the whelps or the barrel of a capstan or windlass; - said of a cable or hawser.
  15. 15. To draw apart the blocks of; - said of a tackle.
  16. 16. A flood; a creek or inlet; a bay or estuary; a river; - obsolete, except as a place name, - as Street in London.
  17. 17. A former prison in London, which originally stood near a stream, the ( now filled up).
  18. 18. To move or change in position; - said of persons; as, the crew fleeted aft.
  19. 19. A company of ships. esp. ships of war.
  20. 20. Swift; transient.
  21. 21. To pass swiftly.

fleet - examples of usage

  1. He was giving her the best of his willing heart and fleet body. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  2. I will see that no more o' that kind of stuff is issued to Her Majesty's fleet. - "The Beautiful Wretch; The Pupil of Aurelius; and The Four Macnicols", William Black.
  3. Stand by to fleet! - "The Ghost Pirates", William Hope Hodgson.
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