Origin of flying
Related formsnon·fly·ing, adjectiveun·fly·ing, adjective
Definition for flying (2 of 2)
verb (used without object), flew or for 11, 19, flied, flown, fly·ing.
- to bat a fly ball: He flied into right field.
- to fly out.
verb (used with object), flew or for 11, 19, flied, flown, fly·ing.
- to hang (scenery) above a stage by means of rigging supported by the gridiron.
- to raise (scenery) from the stage or acting area into the flies.
noun, plural flies.
- (in some presses) the apparatus for removing the printed sheets to the delivery table.
- Also called flyboy. (formerly) a printer's devil employed to remove printed sheets from a press.
- the horizontal dimension of a flag as flown from a vertical staff.
- the end of the flag farther from the staff.Compare hoist(def 7).
Origin of fly1
SYNONYMS FOR fly
Examples from the Web for flying
That ground hold was to stop you flying through weather that could kill you and everyone else aboard.
The copilot on Flight 8501 was Remi Emmanuel Piesel, 46, who despite his age had just 2,275 hours of flying experience.
Inevitably, the old visceral “hands-on” flying skills, no longer much employed by pilots, have atrophied like an unused limb.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
One report has the AirAsia Airbus flying at a speed very close to what would trigger a low speed stall.
JetBlue has been flying charter jets to Cuba for three years, and others are sure to follow.
As regards myself, assailed by all the Gandharvas, I fled before thy eyes, unable to rally our flying host.The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2|Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
On approaching the shore, three flags are observed to be flying in the town.Journal of an African Cruiser|Horatio Bridge
He did not enter with flying colors, for Joe was no great scholar, but he was by no means at the foot of the ladder.Baseball Joe at Yale|Lester Chadwick
If that is so, everybody will be flying in time, and the professional aviator will be just a common, everyday person.Airship Andy|Frank V. Webster
Outposts were established, and flying columns dispersed any gatherings of malcontents that were reported.The Pacification of Burma|Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite
British Dictionary definitions for flying (1 of 4)
Related formsRelated adjective: volant
British Dictionary definitions for flying (2 of 4)
verb flies, flying, flew or flown
- to procure money by an accommodation bill
- to release information or take a step in order to test public opinion
- to have a high aim
- to prosper or flourish
- to lose one's temper (with a person)she really let fly at him
- to shoot or throw (an object)
noun plural flies
- a flap forming the entrance to a tent
- a piece of canvas drawn over the ridgepole of a tent to form an outer roof
- the outer edge of a flag
- the distance from the outer edge of a flag to the staffCompare hoist (def. 9)
- a device for transferring printed sheets from the press to a flat pile
- Also called: flyhand a person who collects and stacks printed matter from a printing press
- a piece of paper folded once to make four pages, with printing only on the first page