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.
Origin of fleet2
Related formsfleet·ly, adverbfleet·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for fleetness
He had come upon the enemy unawares; had been pursued and fired upon, but the fleetness of his mare had saved him.
They give the idea, however, of great strength combined with fleetness; and the animal is observed to canter with great velocity.Delineations of the Ox Tribe|George Vasey
But Polydoros had gone in this day, trusting to his fleetness of foot to escape with his life.The Adventures of Odysseus and The Tales of Troy|Padriac Colum
Eudena, knowing her fleetness and the fleetness of Ugh-lomi, laughed aloud at the unequal chase.Tales of Space and Time|Herbert George Wells
All we could do was to trust to the fleetness of our steeds and endeavour to reach the fort before they should overtake us.With Axe and Rifle|W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for fleetness (1 of 4)
Word Origin for fleet
British Dictionary definitions for fleetness (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)