Definition of flight in English:

flight

Syllabification: flight
Pronunciation: /flīt
 
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noun

1The action or process of flying through the air: an eagle in flight the history of space flight
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  • We were being processed for flight by a talking orange.
  • But in every generation, it seems, they try, remembering not the fall, but the heady lift of flight, the eagle soaring by.
  • I crouched, sniffing and listening, every muscle poised for flight.
Synonyms
aviation, flying, air transport, aerial navigation, aeronautics
1.1An act of flying; a journey made through the air or in space, especially a scheduled journey made by an airline: I got the first flight
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  • Those travelling on scheduled flights should contact their airline.
  • Rutan said the spacecraft would be safer than early commercial airline travel, and flights would not be limited to the young and superfit.
  • The deals include return flights with Continental Airlines from Gatwick and a stay at the famous Golden Nugget hotel.
Synonyms
airplane/plane trip, air trip, trip/journey by air
1.2The movement or trajectory of a projectile or ball through the air.
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  • The skip pass completed, every defensive player moved with player movement and flight of the ball as dictated by the rules.
  • This basically means that there are no unnecessary moving parts in Tiger's swing, which has allowed him to control the trajectory of his ball flight better.
  • The releasing or rolling of the club head through impact ensures greater power and the ability to control the ball flight.
Synonyms
trajectory, path through the air, track, orbit
1.3 [as modifier] Relating to or denoting archery in which the main concern is shooting long distances: short, light flight arrows
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  • Turkish flight arrows often had horn tips, thus reducing weight as much as possible.
  • Flight archery is all about shooting an arrow the longest distance, so the range for a flight event will need to be very long.
  • The bows were highly efficient and the record shot with a light Turkish flight bow was close to 900 yards, far beyond the capability of a self bow.
1.4 literary Swift passage of time: the never-ending flight of future days
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  • It bears the connotation of the passing or the flight of time - time which can never be recaptured.
  • Her timid reminders concerning the flight of time and consequent fines for lateness at work fell on deaf ears.
2A group of creatures or objects flying together, in particular.
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  • We briefed for a two-ship formation flight in one of the local military operating areas.
  • A plane was launched every four hours for a patrol flight lasting about twelve hours.
  • The trip through Yokohama en route to the base was well worth the high speed of our formation flight.
2.1A flock or large body of birds or insects in the air, especially when migrating: flights of Canada geese
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  • This is a region dotted with Chotts, lakes and salt marshes that expand and subtract with the seasons, attracting vast flights of birds as well as herds.
  • A flight of birds flew up through the sky, frightened of whoever was there.
  • Some of these dances represented the caribou hunt; others might portray a flight of birds or a battle with the weather.
Synonyms
flock, skein, covey, swarm, cloud
2.2A group of aircraft operating together, especially an air force unit of about six aircraft: a refueling mission in which his crew topped off three flights of four F-16A jets
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  • Though each side had fewer aircraft and smaller flights, the combat was just as deadly.
  • Fortunately the second aircraft in the flight missed the wires completely, possibly by flying under them.
  • Whenever the weather cooperated, FAS sent flights of aircraft to hit the British task force.
3The action of fleeing or attempting to escape: refugees on the latest stage of their flight from turmoil
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  • Among the wildlife in headlong flight is a scorpion.
  • The twenty-eight year old poet was theoretically en route from Milan; in reality he was in flight from an England which was still agog at rumours of his lunatic behaviour.
  • True historical breakthroughs, in which the defender is shocked into inaction or headlong flight, are almost impossible to achieve.
Synonyms
escape, getaway, hasty departure, exit, exodus, decamping, breakout, bolt, disappearance
4A series of steps between floors or levels: she has to come up four flights of stairs to her apartment
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  • They made their way up to the fourth floor via a creaky flight of steps.
  • She walked around the ground level looking for the flight of stairs that led to the second floor.
  • Muketsu, the first in Chizome's line, climbed the short flight of stairs and stepped to the front of the altar.
Synonyms
staircase, set of steps, set of stairs
4.1A series of hurdles across a racetrack.
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  • Istabraq was pulled up after just two flights of hurdles and second favourite Valiramix, partnered by Tony McCoy, had to be put down after suffering a serious leg injury.
  • Conditions were so bad at the Berkshire course that the last flight of hurdles was moved 100 yards forward and the last race of the day had to be abandoned because of poor visibility.
  • It was clear that Rayshan was on a steep learning curve, and in the back straight he fiddled the sixth flight of hurdles, and suddenly his glittering potential looked set to be tarnished.
4.2A closely spaced sequence of locks in a canal.
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  • At Nob End, Little Lever, walkers can see the unique lock flight that lifted canal boats up 66 feet in just 200 yards.
  • The waterway is a thread linking many architectural and engineering triumphs, including aqueducts, pumping stations and lock flights.
  • Mr Jones's father set up the scrap business at the foot of Caen Hill, near the famous flight of locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal.
5An extravagant or far-fetched idea or account: ignoring such ridiculous flights of fancy
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  • This talk of funk, punk and devil-worship is starting to fuel a few wild suggestions and flights of fancy.
  • It was much funnier than it sounds, and the four physicians that showed up to create this cast that inspires my weird flights of fancy and I were all howling.
  • Raspberries have inspired flights of fancy in haute cuisine, most often in the guise of syrups and sauces used as an accompaniment to other fruits such as pears and figs.
6The tail of a dart.
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  • The standard clock-face became established in the late 19th century, and paper flights to fit the darts were patented in 1898.
  • Believe it or not, you can buy flights for darts that come complete with the smell of stale beer.
  • In fact it suggests to us nothing less than a set of plastic dart flights.

verb

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1Shoot (wildfowl) in flight: (as noun flighting) duck and geese flighting
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  • This accessible estate has a pheasant shoot, roe deerstalking and duck flighting - plus stables
2British (In soccer, cricket, etc.) deliver (a ball) with well-judged trajectory and pace: he flighted a free kick into the box
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  • Midway through the first period, Gareth Williams delivered a well flighted ball into the box and Kirk Jackson sent a soaring header over Mark Ovendale from 18 yards.
  • The visitors' defence was finally breached when Stuart Airedrie's excellently flighted ball was dropped by the stand-in keeper and defender Jonathan Best was quickest to react and placed the ball in the bottom corner.
  • Lofthouse flighted the ball beyond the last defender and centre half Stuart Dibb stole in to steer his finish beyond Mitchell.

Origin

Old English flyht 'action or manner of flying', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vlucht and fly1. This was probably merged in Middle English with an unrecorded Old English word related to German Flucht and to flee, which is represented by sense 3 of the noun.

Phrases

in full flight

Escaping as fast as possible.
Having gained momentum in a run or activity: when this jazz pianist is in full flight he can be mesmerizing
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  • Coventry skipper Paul Williams conceded a free-kick on the edge of his own penalty area after bringing down Ryan Giggs in full flight.
  • The sight of Watson in full flight would have brought a smile to even the most sour of faces.
  • There was some justice attached to the goal, for the free-kick had been awarded when Alex Rae brought down Darren Huckerby in full flight.

put someone/something to flight

Cause someone or something to flee: a soldier who held off, and eventually put to flight, waves of attackers
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  • Dawn said she joined in the attack with a hosepipe and a stick, and these, combined with continued attacks from the robins in particular, put the snake to flight and they eventually drove it into nearby thick bush.
  • I will send faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; the sound of a driven leaf shall put them to flight, and they shall flee as one flees from the sword, and they shall fall when none pursues.
  • Christ is risen and the devils are put to flight!
Synonyms
chase away/off, drive back/away/off/out, scatter (to the four winds), disperse, repel, repulse, rout, stampede, scare off
informal send packing

take flight

1(Of a bird) take off and fly: the whole flock took flight figurative she entered the company after a year’s apprenticeship, and her career took flight
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  • A duck took flight as I took a seat by Susanita's side, making a fluttering sound in its wake.
  • A large flock of birds took flight as the tree that Athrahn was hacking up, fell.
  • For instance, in the opening moments, a sinister flock of birds takes flight and a hearse-like limousine crosses the path of a fire truck backing out of a station.
2Flee: noise that would prompt a spooked horse to take flight
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  • Did you not see that while fighting the Pathans, they took to flight which was deceptive.
  • Instantly, it took to flight, heading away from the man.
  • Pavli rushed from his bedroom and took to flight, landing on his mother's lap and forcing a surprised laugh.
Synonyms
flee, run (away/off), run for it, make a run for it, be gone, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a (hasty) retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape
informal beat it, clear off/out, vamoose, skedaddle, split, leg it, turn tail, scram, light out, bug out, cut out, peel out
archaic fly

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