- A decision to attack would not be telegraphed by the time-consuming massing of an invasion fleet.
- In 1854 a US naval fleet under the command of Commodore Perry forced Japan to open its harbors to the outside world.
- The German guns were busily exchanging fire with the mighty invasion fleet massed in the Bay of the Seine and stretching for miles into the Channel.
- The Big Ship, Reynard, was the largest in the fleet of appropriated sailing ships that Claw's organization was running.
- Where it once had a fleet of 15 ships, it now has three, with another ship being reactivated later this year.
- It seems that in 1678 the French planned to attack the Dutch with a fleet of 20 ships.
- We operate a fleet of six aircraft; one of which is used as a dedicated stand-by aircraft.
- The airline now operates with a fleet of 367 aircraft, 6 fewer than last year.
- The US operates a fleet of more than 15,000 aircraft, including 20 stealth bombers in service.
Old English flēot 'ship, shipping', from flēotan 'float, swim' (see fleet4).
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- Example sentences
- Rachel Peppin dances fleetly as the teenage Clara, eager and charming.
- She fleetly flitted down the paved walkway to the large iron gates that guarded the mansion, and removed her hood so she could see the key-pad better.
- Example sentences
- Their combination and their fleetness of action was impressive.
- That leaves you plenty of time to apply your freshly honed agility and fleetness to any adventurous pursuit.
- He was noted at school for his fleetness of foot and it was said that he could outrun any of those fleet and nimble flock.
- Sam explained that the 3,000 acres of the Nature Reserve is the largest in the English lowlands, the main area being grazing marsh divided by a network of ditches and fleets.
- The ditches, dikes and reed-edged fleets that crisscross the grazing marshes here are rich in invertebrates, including the scarce emerald damselfly.
Entry from British & World English dictionary
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Early 17th century: perhaps based on an Old English cognate of Dutch vloot 'shallow' and related to fleet4.
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