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Fly meaning

fly - 42 dictionary results

  1. 1. ( baseball) a hit that flies up in the air
  2. 2. decrease rapidly and disappear; " the money vanished in las Vegas"; " all my stock assets have vaporized"
  3. 3. hit a fly
  4. 4. travel in an airplane; " she is flying to Cincinnati tonight"; " Are we driving or flying?"
  5. 5. travel over ( an area of land or sea) in an aircraft; " Lindbergh was the first to fly the Atlantic"
  6. 6. cause to fly or float; " fly a kite"
  7. 7. run away quickly; " He threw down his gun and fled"
  8. 8. To move in or pass thorugh the air with wings, as a bird.
  9. 9. To move through the air or before the wind; esp., to pass or be driven rapidly through the air by any impulse.
  10. 10. To float, wave, or rise in the air, as sparks or a flag.
  11. 11. To move or pass swiftly; to hasten away; to circulate rapidly; as, a ship flies on the deep; a top flies around; rumor flies.
  12. 12. To run from danger; to attempt to escape; to flee; as, an enemy or a coward flies. See Note under Flee.
  13. 13. To cause to fly or to float in the air, as a bird, a kite, a flag, etc.
  14. 14. To fly or flee from; to shun; to avoid.
  15. 15. To hunt with a hawk.
  16. 16. Any winged insect; esp., one with transparent wings; as, the Spanish fly; firefly; gall fly; dragon fly.
  17. 17. Any dipterous insect; as, the house fly; flesh fly; black fly. See Diptera, and Illust. in Append.
  18. 18. A familiar spirit; a witch's attendant.
  19. 19. A parasite.
  20. 20. A kind of light carriage for rapid transit, plying for hire and usually drawn by one horse.
  21. 21. The part of a vane pointing the direction from which the wind blows.
  22. 22. That part of a compass on which the points are marked; the compass card.
  23. 23. Two or more vanes set on a revolving axis, to act as a fanner, or to equalize or impede the motion of machinery by the resistance of the air, as in the striking part of a clock.
  24. 24. A heavy wheel, or cross arms with weights at the ends on a revolving axis, to regulate or equalize the motion of machinery by means of its inertia, where the power communicated, or the resistance to be overcome, is variable, as in the steam engine or the coining press. See Fly wheel ( below).
  25. 25. The piece hinged to the needle, which holds the engaged loop in position while the needle is penetrating another loop; a latch.
  26. 26. The pair of arms revolving around the bobbin, in a spinning wheel or spinning frame, to twist the yarn.
  27. 27. A shuttle driven through the shed by a blow or jerk.
  28. 28. Formerly, the person who took the printed sheets from the press.
  29. 29. A vibrating frame with fingers, attached to a power to a power printing press for doing the same work.
  30. 30. The outer canvas of a tent with double top, usually drawn over the ridgepole, but so extended as to touch the roof of the tent at no other place.
  31. 31. One of the upper screens of a stage in a theater.
  32. 32. The fore flap of a bootee; also, a lap on trousers, overcoats, etc., to conceal a row of buttons.
  33. 33. A batted ball that flies to a considerable distance, usually high in the air; also, the flight of a ball so struck; as, it was caught on the fly.
  34. 34. Knowing; wide awake; fully understanding another's meaning.
  35. 35. To manage ( an aircraft) in flight; as, to fly an aeroplane.
  36. 36. Waste cotton.
  37. 37. To move suddenly, or with violence; to do an act suddenly or swiftly; - usually with a qualifying word; as, a door flies open; a bomb flies apart.
  38. 38. A hook dressed in imitation of a fly, - used for fishing.
  39. 39. The length of an extended flag from its staff; sometimes, the length from the union to the extreme end.
  40. 40. A small two- winged insect.
  41. 41. To flee from; cause to fly.
  42. 42. To move through the air; soar; move or pass swiftly; flee; burst.

fly - examples of usage

  1. Sorrow fly away with him!
  2. What, for instance, has it to do with my being asked to drive back to Sassnitz with a strange family in a fly?
  3. Arra, dear shoy, I don't think there are; but it is a pity but that they had, for they would fly with people above the sea, which would put the use of ships out of fashion, and nobody would be drowned at all.
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