the act, manner, or power of flying.
the distance covered or the course taken by a flying object:
a 500-mile flight; the flight of the ball.
a trip by an airplane, glider, etc.
a scheduled trip on an airline:
a 5 o’clock flight.
a number of beings or things flying or passing through the air together:
a flight of geese.
the basic tactical unit of military air forces, consisting of two or more aircraft.
the act, principles, or technique of flying an airplane:
a journey into or through outer space:
a rocket flight.
swift movement, transition, or progression:
the flight of time.
a soaring above or transcending ordinary bounds:
a flight of fancy.
a series of steps between one floor or landing of a building and the next.
verb (used without object)
(of wild fowls) to in coordinated flocks.
an act or instance of or running away; hasty departure.
put to flight, to force to flee or run away; rout:
She succeeded in putting the intruder to flight.
take flight, to retreat; run away; flee:
The wild animals took flight before the onrushing fire.
Also, take to flight.
the act, skill, or manner of flying
a journey made by a flying animal or object
a group of flying birds or aircraft: a flight of swallows
the basic tactical unit of a military air force
a journey through space, esp of a spacecraft
rapid movement or progress
a soaring mental journey above or beyond the normal everyday world: a flight of fancy
a bird’s wing or tail feather; flight feather
a feather or plastic attachment fitted to an arrow or dart to give it stability in flight
See flight arrow
the distance covered by a flight arrow
(sport) especially (cricket)
(angling) a device on a spinning lure that revolves rapidly
a set of steps or stairs between one landing or floor and the next
a large enclosed area attached to an aviary or pigeon loft where the birds may fly but not escape
(transitive) (sport) to cause (a ball, dart, etc) to float slowly or deceptively towards its target
(intransitive) (of wild fowl) to fly in groups
(transitive) to shoot (a bird) in flight
(transitive) to fledge (an arrow or a dart)
the act of fleeing or running away, as from danger
put to flight, to cause to run away; rout
take flight, take to flight, to run away or withdraw hastily; flee
“act of flying,” Old English flyht “a flying, flight,” from Proto-Germanic *flukhtiz (cf. Dutch vlucht “flight of birds,” Old Norse flugr, Old High German flug, German Flug “flight”), from root of *fleugan “to fly” (see fly (v.1)).
Spelling altered late 14c. from Middle English fliht (see fight (v.)). Meaning “an instance of flight” is 1785, originally of ballooning. Meaning “series of stairs between landings” is from 1703.
“act of fleeing,” from Middle English fluht (c.1200), not found in Old English, but presumed to have existed. Related to Old English fleon “flee” (see flee), and cognate with Old Saxon fluht, Old Frisian flecht “act of fleeing,” Dutch vlucht, Old High German fluht, German Flucht, Old Nprse flotti, Gothic þlauhs.
A hallucinogenic drug experience; trip (1960s+Narcotics)
In addition to the idioms beginning with flight
flight of fancy
noun, Archery. 1. an arrow having a conical or pyramidal head without barbs. 2. any long and light arrow for long-distance shooting; a shaft or arrow for the longbow, as distinguished from the bolt. noun 1. a long thin arrow used for shooting long distances Often shortened to flight
noun 1. an airline employee who serves meals, attends to passengers’ comfort, etc., during a flight. noun 1. a person who attends to the needs of passengers on a commercial flight
noun 1. . noun, Military. 1. a wedge-shaped cap of cotton or woolen fabric, worn as part of the service uniform.
- Flight capital
noun 1. funds transferred abroad in order to avoid high taxes or to provide for a person’s needs if flight from the country becomes necessary