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flight1

[flahyt] /flaɪt/
noun
1.
the act, manner, or power of flying.
2.
the distance covered or the course taken by a flying object:
a 500-mile flight; the flight of the ball.
3.
a trip by an airplane, glider, etc.
4.
a scheduled trip on an airline:
a 5 o'clock flight.
5.
a number of beings or things flying or passing through the air together:
a flight of geese.
6.
the basic tactical unit of military air forces, consisting of two or more aircraft.
7.
the act, principles, or technique of flying an airplane:
flight training.
8.
a journey into or through outer space:
a rocket flight.
9.
swift movement, transition, or progression:
the flight of time.
10.
a soaring above or transcending ordinary bounds:
a flight of fancy.
11.
a series of steps between one floor or landing of a building and the next.
12.
Archery.
  1. flight arrow.
  2. the distance such an arrow travels when shot.
verb (used without object)
13.
(of wild fowls) to fly in coordinated flocks.
Origin of flight1
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English flyht; cognate with Dutch vlucht; akin to fly1
Synonyms
5. flock. 9. rush, dash, fleetingness.
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Examples from the Web for flighting
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  • It came from over the Downs, sweeping a rush of cold air on its wings, flighting towards the sea.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • The flighting bats, the forms of the dim hayricks, and sweet-brier perfume-she summed them all up in herself.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • But the moon and the tides are right to-night and the wild duck are flighting.

    The Drunkard Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • There, screened from the keen eyes of flighting wild-fowl, I began my vigil with all the hope that waits on inexperience.

    Master Reynard Jane Fielding
  • Many and many a midnight had we spent together waiting for flighting time.

    The Secret Service Submarine Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Two bats were flighting with the faint mysterious little noise they make.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • She rode about the veld, she sat by the lake and watched the wild fowl, or at night heard them flighting over her in flocks.

    Benita, An African Romance H. Rider Haggard
  • And yet, it being the evening, millions more were flighting home to the islands.

  • The flighting is continued till deep twilight has settled over the glen, but ceases before night.

British Dictionary definitions for flighting

flight1

/flaɪt/
noun
1.
the act, skill, or manner of flying
2.
a journey made by a flying animal or object
3.
  1. a scheduled airline journey
  2. an aircraft flying on such a journey
4.
a group of flying birds or aircraft: a flight of swallows
5.
the basic tactical unit of a military air force
6.
a journey through space, esp of a spacecraft
7.
rapid movement or progress
8.
a soaring mental journey above or beyond the normal everyday world: a flight of fancy
9.
  1. a single line of hurdles across a track in a race
  2. a series of such hurdles
10.
a bird's wing or tail feather; flight feather
11.
a feather or plastic attachment fitted to an arrow or dart to give it stability in flight
12.
13.
the distance covered by a flight arrow
14.
(sport) especially (cricket)
  1. a flighted movement imparted to a ball, dart, etc
  2. the ability to flight a ball
15.
(angling) a device on a spinning lure that revolves rapidly
16.
a set of steps or stairs between one landing or floor and the next
17.
a large enclosed area attached to an aviary or pigeon loft where the birds may fly but not escape
verb
18.
(transitive) (sport) to cause (a ball, dart, etc) to float slowly or deceptively towards its target
19.
(intransitive) (of wild fowl) to fly in groups
20.
(transitive) to shoot (a bird) in flight
21.
(transitive) to fledge (an arrow or a dart)
Word Origin
Old English flyht; related to Middle Dutch vlucht, Old Saxon fluht

flight2

/flaɪt/
noun
1.
the act of fleeing or running away, as from danger
2.
put to flight, to cause to run away; rout
3.
take flight, take to flight, to run away or withdraw hastily; flee
Word Origin
Old English flyht (unattested); related to Old Frisian flecht, Old High German fluht, Old Norse flōtti
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Word Origin and History for flighting

flight

n.

"act of flying," Old English flyht "a flying, flight," from Proto-Germanic *flukhtiz (cf. Dutch vlucht "flight of birds," Old Norse flugr, Old High German flug, German Flug "flight"), from root of *fleugan "to fly" (see fly (v.1)).

Spelling altered late 14c. from Middle English fliht (see fight (v.)). Meaning "an instance of flight" is 1785, originally of ballooning. Meaning "series of stairs between landings" is from 1703.

"act of fleeing," from Middle English fluht (c.1200), not found in Old English, but presumed to have existed. Related to Old English fleon "flee" (see flee), and cognate with Old Saxon fluht, Old Frisian flecht "act of fleeing," Dutch vlucht, Old High German fluht, German Flucht, Old Nprse flotti, Gothic þlauhs.

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Slang definitions & phrases for flighting

flight

noun

A hallucinogenic drug experience; trip (1960s+Narcotics)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with flighting

flight

In addition to the idioms beginning with flight
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