adjective, fleeter, fleetest.
to be fleet of foot; a fleet horse.
verb (used without object)
to move swiftly; fly.
Nautical. to change position; shift.
Obsolete. to float; drift; swim.
verb (used with object)
to cause (time) to pass lightly or swiftly.
a number of warships organized as a tactical unit
all the warships of a nation
a number of aircraft, ships, buses, etc, operating together or under the same ownership
rapid in movement; swift
(poetic) fleeting; transient
(intransitive) to move rapidly
(intransitive) (archaic) to fade away smoothly; glide
(intransitive) (obsolete) to float or swim
(transitive) (obsolete) to cause (time) to pass rapidly
(mainly Southeast English) a small coastal inlet; creek
noun the Fleet
a stream that formerly ran into the Thames between Ludgate Hill and Fleet Street and is now a covered sewer
Also called Fleet Prison. (formerly) a London prison, esp used for holding debtors
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.
“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.
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.
- Fleet rate
noun 1. a reduced rate quoted by an insurance company to underwrite the risks to a fleet of vehicles, aircraft, etc
noun 1. a street in central London, England: location of many newspaper offices; often used figuratively to mean the entire British newspaper world. noun 1. a street in central London in which many newspaper offices were formerly situated 2. British journalism or journalists collectively
- Fleet vehicle
noun any of a group of basic inexpensive vehicles bought by a company or organization for its employees, like salespeople, to use; also called fleet car
/ˈfliːtˌwʊd/ noun 1. a fishing port in NW England, in Lancashire. Pop: 26 841 (2001)