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flying British & World English

Moving or able to move through the air with wings

flying in fly1 British & World English

(Of a bird, bat, or insect) move through the air using wings

flying English Thesaurus

a flying beetle

a-flying British & World English

In predicative use: flying, aflight. Also as adverb: in or into a state of flight, into the air.

go flying British & World English

Fall or be knocked over

non-flying British & World English

Of an animal, especially a bird: flightless.

flag-flying British & World English

The vigorous demonstration of support for one’s country, political party, or organization, especially when one is abroad

flying boat British & World English

A large seaplane that lands with its fuselage in the water

flying bomb British & World English

A small pilotless aircraft with an explosive warhead, especially a V-1

flying disc British & World English

A concave plastic disc designed for skimming through the air as an outdoor game or amusement

flying fish British & World English

A fish of warm seas which leaps out of the water and uses its wing-like pectoral fins to glide over the surface for some distance

flying fox British & World English

A large fruit bat with a foxlike face, found in Madagascar, SE Asia, and northern Australia

flying frog British & World English

A nocturnal arboreal Asian frog which is able to glide between trees using the large webs between its extended toes

flying gang British & World English

A team of railway maintenance workers

flying suit British & World English

A one-piece garment worn by the pilot and crew of a military or light aircraft

flying wing British & World English

An aircraft with little or no fuselage and no tailplane

high-flying British & World English

Flying at a high altitude

kite-flying British & World English

The action of flying a kite on a string

low-flying British & World English

Flying at a low altitude

ski-flying British & World English

A form of ski jumping from a higher slope so that the skier jumps further

flying bishop British & World English

(Originally in the U.K.) a bishop who is authorized to minister to clergy and congregations outside his own diocese who share his views on a matter of major doctrinal or ethical significance (especially opposition to the ordination of women priests) and who on these grounds either do not recognize the authority of or do not wish to be ministered to by their diocesan bishop.

night flying British & World English

The flying or operation of an aircraft at night.

night-flying British & World English

Especially of an animal: that flies at night.

pigeon flying British & World English

The sport or pastime of training or racing homing pigeons.

flying bridge British & World English

Another term for flybridge.

flying change British & World English

A movement in riding in which the leading leg in the canter position is changed without loss of speed while the horse is in the air

flying doctor British & World English

(In Australia) a doctor who uses radio communication and travels by aircraft to visit patients in remote areas of the country

flying dragon British & World English

Another term for flying lizard.

flying jacket British & World English

A short jacket similar to a bomber jacket, typically of leather and with a warm lining or collar and several pockets

flying lemur British & World English

A nocturnal tree-dwelling SE Asian mammal resembling a lemur, with a membrane between the fore- and hindlimbs for gliding from tree to tree

flying lizard British & World English

An arboreal SE Asian lizard which has expanding membranes along the sides of the body, used for gliding between trees

flying mouse British & World English

another term for feathertail glider.

flying picket British & World English

A person who, with others, travels to picket any workplace where there is an industrial dispute

flying saucer British & World English

A disc-shaped flying craft supposedly piloted by aliens; a UFO

flying snake British & World English

A greenish semi-arboreal SE Asian snake which can glide down from a tree in a stiff horizontal position, with the belly hollowed to slow its descent

flying squad British & World English

A division of a police force or other organization which is capable of reaching an incident quickly

flying start British & World English

A start of a race or time trial in which the starting point is passed at speed

flying tackle British & World English

An attempt to gain possession of the ball or to seize and stop a player in possession of the ball, performed while launching oneself at the opposing player

flying wedge British & World English

A fast-moving group, as of police officers, linked together closely in a V-shaped formation, sometimes used to force a way through a crowd or to protect someone behind them

yogic flying British & World English

A technique used chiefly by Transcendental Meditation practitioners which involves thrusting oneself off the ground while in the lotus position

flying fortress British & World English

An informal name for the Boeing B-17, an American long-range heavy bomber aeroplane developed in the late 1930s.

flying buttress British & World English

A buttress slanting from a separate column, typically forming an arch with the wall it supports

Flying Dutchman British & World English

A legendary ghostly ship supposedly seen in the region of the Cape of Good Hope and presaging disaster

flying gurnard British & World English

A bottom-dwelling marine fish that has bony armour on the skull and large brightly coloured pectoral fins. It moves through the water with a gliding or flying motion

flying machine British & World English

An aircraft, especially an early or unconventional one

flying officer British & World English

A rank of commissioned officer in the RAF, above pilot officer and below flight lieutenant

flying squirrel British & World English

A small squirrel that has skin joining the fore- and hindlimbs for gliding from tree to tree

flying phalanger British & World English

A small Australasian marsupial with a membrane between the fore- and hindlimbs for gliding

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