flight

1
[ flahyt ]
/ flaɪt /

noun

verb (used without object)

(of wild fowls) to fly in coordinated flocks.

Nearby words

  1. flickertail state,
  2. flics,
  3. flied,
  4. flier,
  5. flies,
  6. flight arrow,
  7. flight attendant,
  8. flight bag,
  9. flight capital,
  10. flight control

Origin of flight

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English flyht; cognate with Dutch vlucht; akin to fly1

flight

2
[ flahyt ]
/ flaɪt /

noun

an act or instance of fleeing or running away; hasty departure.

Origin of flight

2
1150–1200; Middle English; cognate with German Flucht; akin to flee

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British Dictionary definitions for flight

flight

1
/ (flaɪt) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for flight

Old English flyht; related to Middle Dutch vlucht, Old Saxon fluht

noun

the act of fleeing or running away, as from danger
put to flight to cause to run away; rout
take flight or take to flight to run away or withdraw hastily; flee

Word Origin for flight

Old English flyht (unattested); related to Old Frisian flecht, Old High German fluht, Old Norse flōtti

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Word Origin and History for flight
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Idioms and Phrases with flight

flight

In addition to the idioms beginning with flight

  • flight of fancy

also see:

  • put to flight
  • take flight
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