[ fleet ]
/ flit /

adjective, fleet·er, fleet·est.

swift; rapid: to be fleet of foot; a fleet horse.

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to cause (time) to pass lightly or swiftly.
  1. to move or change the position of.
  2. to separate the blocks of (a tackle).
  3. to lay (a rope) along a deck.

Nearby words

  1. fleecie,
  2. fleecy,
  3. fleein',
  4. fleek,
  5. fleer,
  6. fleet admiral,
  7. fleet air arm,
  8. fleet ballistic missile submarine,
  9. fleet chief petty officer,
  10. fleet rate

Origin of fleet

before 900; Middle English fleten to be fleet, Old English flēotan to float; see float

Related formsfleet·ly, adverbfleet·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for fleeted


/ (fliːt) /


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

Word Origin for fleet

Old English flēot ship, flowing water, from flēotan to float


/ (fliːt) /


rapid in movement; swift
poetic fleeting; transient


Derived Formsfleetly, adverbfleetness, noun

Word Origin for fleet

probably Old English flēotan to float, glide rapidly; related to Old High German fliozzan to flow, Latin pluere to rain


/ (fliːt) /


mainly Southeast English a small coastal inlet; creek

Word Origin for fleet

Old English flēot flowing water; see fleet 1


/ (fliːt) /

noun the Fleet

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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Word Origin and History for fleeted
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