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adjective, fleet·er, fleet·est.
  1. swift; rapid: to be fleet of foot; a fleet horse.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to move swiftly; fly.
  2. Nautical. to change position; shift.
  3. Archaic.
    1. to glide along like a stream.
    2. to fade; vanish.
  4. Obsolete. to float; drift; swim.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause (time) to pass lightly or swiftly.
  2. Nautical.
    1. to move or change the position of.
    2. to separate the blocks of (a tackle).
    3. to lay (a rope) along a deck.
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Origin of fleet2

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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6. speed, hasten; beguile.
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Examples from the Web for fleeted

Historical Examples

  • And had not the goddess ever fleeted away when just within his grasp?

    General Bounce

    G. J. Whyte-Melville

  • I fleeted by her like the shadow of Death, and as I went I smote with mine axe, and lo!

    Allan Quatermain

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Towards evening, as the vessel beneath us fleeted and the deck resumed its level, Mr. Pengelly began to uncover the mainsail.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • The slightest incidents of these days, which had fleeted away only too rapidly, possessed an irresistible freshness and charm.

  • Thus, for the first twelve years of my life, fleeted my days in joy and innocence.


British Dictionary definitions for fleeted

fleet1

noun
  1. a number of warships organized as a tactical unit
  2. all the warships of a nation
  3. a number of aircraft, ships, buses, etc, operating together or under the same ownership
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Word Origin

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

fleet2

adjective
  1. rapid in movement; swift
  2. poetic fleeting; transient
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verb
  1. (intr) to move rapidly
  2. (intr) archaic to fade away smoothly; glide
  3. (tr) nautical
    1. to change the position of (a hawser)
    2. to pass (a messenger or lead) to a hawser from a winch for hauling in
    3. to spread apart (the blocks of a tackle)
  4. (intr) obsolete to float or swim
  5. (tr) obsolete to cause (time) to pass rapidly
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Derived Formsfleetly, adverbfleetness, noun

Word Origin

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

fleet3

noun
  1. mainly Southeast English a small coastal inlet; creek
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Word Origin

Old English flēot flowing water; see fleet 1

Fleet

noun the Fleet
  1. a stream that formerly ran into the Thames between Ludgate Hill and Fleet Street and is now a covered sewer
  2. Also called: Fleet Prison (formerly) a London prison, esp used for holding debtors
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Word Origin and History for fleeted

fleet

adj.

"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.

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fleet

v.

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.

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fleet

n.

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.

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