the largest organized unit of naval ships grouped for tactical or other purposes.
the largest organization of warships under the command of a single officer.
a number of naval vessels or vessels carrying armed crew members.
a large group of ships, airplanes, trucks, etc., operated by a single company or under the same ownership: He owns a fleet of cabs.
a large group of airplanes, automobiles, etc., moving or operating together.
Other definitions for fleet (2 of 3)
to glide along like a stream.
to fade; vanish.
Obsolete. to float; drift; swim.
to cause (time) to pass lightly or swiftly.
to move or change the position of.
to separate the blocks of (a tackle).
to lay (a rope) along a deck.
- fleetly, adverb
- fleetness, noun
Other definitions for fleet (3 of 3)
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How to use fleet in a sentence
At first, its strategy of selling carmakers the technology to build their own self-driving fleets looked promising.Last Unicorn Standing: Can This Self-Driving Innovator Survive? | Charu Kasturi | August 27, 2020 | Ozy
American says that on all planes in its fleet, air is either replaced with outside air, or scrubbed using hospital-grade HEPA filtration, every two-to-four minutes.American Airlines touts a new tool to combat COVID. But does it really make flying safer? | dzanemorris | August 24, 2020 | Fortune
American Airlines will swiftly begin electrostatically spraying the product across its fleet, including, eventually its regional aircraft, though it is limited to applying the disinfectant in the state of Texas under the current EPA authorization.This product kills COVID for 7 days—and just got EPA approval for some American Airlines planes | Lee Clifford | August 24, 2020 | Fortune
Instead, they taught a fleet of computers to do it for them.
By 3rd century BC, Ostia was transformed into a naval base, so much so that it became the seat of one of the officially appointed commanders of the Roman fleet, who was known as the quaestor Ostiensis.Ostia Antica: Reconstruction and History of The Harbor City of Ancient Rome | Dattatreya Mandal | April 14, 2020 | Realm of History
But it takes more than just pilots to operate the drone fleet.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says | Dave Majumdar | January 5, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The player starts out with a fleet of three or four ships (depending on the machine), which he operates one at a time.
The company also converts the gas into a liquid fuel that can run vehicles in its fleet.
Waste Management, the large disposal company, has turned its landfills into a fleet of power producers.
In 2015, Monster Jam will have a fleet of eight female drivers.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture | Eliza Krigman | November 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The commander of this fleet was an Englishman, according to the agreement between them.
The Dutch fleet attacked Burnt island, in Scotland, but were repulsed.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
The fleet of the enemy left the place where they last halted, and came in sight day before yesterday in the morning.
Don't you mind, Ike, it come the same day and on the wery same stage as the news of the sinkin' of the Spaynish fleet?The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
That argument was not the one of least weight in the council in determining that our fleet should not sail against the enemy.
British Dictionary definitions for fleet (1 of 4)
a number of warships organized as a tactical unit
all the warships of a nation
a number of aircraft, ships, buses, etc, operating together or under the same ownership
British Dictionary definitions for fleet (2 of 4)
rapid in movement; swift
poetic fleeting; transient
(intr) to move rapidly
(intr) archaic to fade away smoothly; glide
to change the position of (a hawser)
to pass (a messenger or lead) to a hawser from a winch for hauling in
to spread apart (the blocks of a tackle)
(intr) obsolete to float or swim
(tr) obsolete to cause (time) to pass rapidly
- fleetly, adverb
- fleetness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for fleet (3 of 4)
mainly Southeast English a small coastal inlet; creek
British Dictionary definitions for Fleet (4 of 4)
a stream that formerly ran into the Thames between Ludgate Hill and Fleet Street and is now a covered sewer
Also called: Fleet Prison (formerly) a London prison, esp used for holding debtors
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