The shoe-shops of McKernan and Potts were the scenes of many heated arguments as to the fleetness of the different sleds.
It was owing only to the fleetness of his horse that Tarleton escaped.
His fleetness is in the lions foot; he springs in the panther, he soars in the eagle, he slides in the snake.
If I possess any physical accomplishment in which I have confidence it is my fleetness of foot.
Christian took little pride in his fleetness of foot, counting a man's legs to be the least worthy of his members.
Still the stag did not attempt to fly, yet in fleetness it could have outstripped the wind.
The sight lends to his steps the fleetness of an antelope; he bounds forward, and is soon at her side.
Off he flies, with the fleetness of fear, and in a few moments is seen no more.
fleetness doth not make folks the faithfuller, or that youth yonder beats us all in faithfulness.
To the lion she gives claws and teeth; to the horse his hoofs and fleetness.
Old English fleot "ship, raft, floating vessel," from fleotan "to float" (see fleet (v.)). Sense of "naval force" is pre-1200. The Old English word also meant "creek, inlet, flow of water," especially one into the Thames near Ludgate Hill, which lent its name to Fleet Street (home of newspaper and magazine houses, standing for "the English press" since 1882), Fleet prison, etc.
"swift," 1520s, but probably older than the record; apparently from or cognate with Old Norse fliotr "swift," and from the root of fleet (v.)). Related: Fleetness.
Old English fleotan "to float, drift, flow, swim, sail," later (c.1200) "to flow," from Proto-Germanic *fleut- (cf. Old Frisian fliata, Old Saxon fliotan "to flow," Old High German fliozzan "to float, flow," German flieszen "to flow," Old Norse fliota "to float, flow"), from PIE root *pleu- "to flow, run, swim" (see pluvial).
Meaning "to glide away like a stream, vanish imperceptibly" is from c.1200; hence "to fade, to vanish" (1570s). Related: Fleeted; fleeting.