adjective, fleet·er, fleet·est.
verb (used without object)
- to glide along like a stream.
- to fade; vanish.
verb (used with object)
- to move or change the position of.
- to separate the blocks of (a tackle).
- to lay (a rope) along a deck.
Words nearby fleet
Origin of fleet2
OTHER WORDS FROM fleetfleet·ly, adverbfleet·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for fleeter
He raced after her; he was fleeter than she was, and caught her up by the lamp-post round the corner.A Girl of the People|L. T. Meade
Ali had taken to his heels and, so far, he had proved that he was fleeter than his pursuer.Hi Jolly!|James Arthur Kjelgaard
Nautauquas, my brother, is a swift runner, yet I am fleeter than he.The Princess Pocahontas|Virginia Watson
Nisus gets away first, and shoots out far in front of the throng, fleeter than the winds or the winged thunderbolt.The Aeneid of Virgil|Virgil
He was as fleet as a mountain deer, but the rifle-ball was fleeter.In the Track of the Troops|R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for fleeter (1 of 4)
Word Origin for fleet
British Dictionary definitions for fleeter (2 of 4)
- 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)