intransitive verb 3rd person singular present flies present participle flying past tense flew past participle flown
- 1 1.1(bird/bee)to fly away/in/out
volarirse/entrar/salir volandothe bird flew out of its cageel pájaro se escapó (volando) de la jaulaExample sentences1.2
- What was also surprising was the number of insects still flying and giving the birds a good meal.
- In rainy periods, when few insects are flying, the birds switch to ground feeding.
- She walked past neat gardens and tidy houses, watching small birds bath in bird baths, insects fly around flowers and people inside their air conditioned houses.
volar(passenger)we are flying at 8,000m
ir en aviónvolamos a 8.000mwe'll be flying over Romevolaremos sobre or sobrevolaremos Romashe's learning to flyestá aprendiendo a volar or a pilotar avionesI'm going to Boston — are you flying?me voy a Boston — ¿vas en avión?to fly inllegar (en avión)the ambassador is flying in tomorrowel embajador llegará mañanawe will be flying into Orlyaterrizaremos en Orlyto fly outsalir (en avión)he flew (out) from London this morningsalió de Londres en avión esta mañanawe fly on to Denver tomorrowmañana volamos a or salimos en avión para Denverthe jets flew past in formationlos jets pasaron volando en formacióna nice concept, but will it fly? (US) [colloquial]una idea buena pero ¿funcionará?to be flying highestar volando altoto fly blindir a ciegas(Aviation)
volar guiándose por los instrumentosExample sentences1.3 (float in air) with her hair/coat flying in the wind
con el pelo/abrigo ondeando al vientoExample sentences
- When an airplane is flying, it has a good deal of forward speed and airflow over all of its surfaces.
- In addition, the newer aircraft can fly higher and have a greater range than the older planes.
- After nearly nine months of work, he said that it was very pleasing to see the aircraft flying once again.
- Shaking his head back and forth his hair flew everywhere, hand waving at the side of his head as if he smelled something bad.
- Her hair was blowing freely in the wind and her cloak flew behind her, she felt so free when riding like nothing could touch her and she could do as she pleased.
- We've all seen the image of the person on the motorcycle with her hair flying behind her in the wind.
- The flag was flying on the flagpole, meaning that Her Majesty was at home.
- No one partied harder than the people of Bolton, with flags flying patriotically from flagpoles and bunting between the houses.
- The flag flew from every public building, from every municipal flagpole, and from every structure of consequence in the land.
- 2 2.1 (rush)(person)they went flying around the corner/up the steps
ir ( or salir etc. ) volandodoblaron la esquina/subieron las escaleras volandoI must fly! [colloquial]¡tengo que salir or irme volando!to fly to somebody's rescue/sidecorrer en auxilio/al lado de alguienExample sentences
Example sentences2.2to fly
- My fingers were flying over the keyboard, making words and sentences and thoughts.
- I can go into a state of zen-like calm and concentration, while my fingers fly across the keyboard.
- The horse flew smoothly along the ground, her muscles moving in perfect synchronization with each other.
- We too must fly, so stride briskly over the bridge to Boat Of Garten, from where a steam railway plies its way across the moor to Aviemore, giving another magnificent aspect of the mountains.
- And they've just put out the second call for our flight, so I must fly…
- ‘Thank you.’ Claudia stood up. ‘I have to fly! We must get together for dinner soon!’
atsomebodylanzarsethe dog flew at the intruder's throat sobrealguienel perro se tiró or se lanzó al cuello del intrusoto fly into a temper or rageponerse hecho una furia or un basilisco2.3 (move, be thrown) papers were flying in the wind
montar en cólerahabía papeles volando por el airemy hat flew offse me voló el sombrerothe ball/stone flew past mela pelota/piedra pasó volando por mi ladothe window flew openla ventana se abrió de golpethe car flew up into the airel coche saltó por los airesinsults flew between themse lanzaron una sarta de insultosI tripped and went flyingtropecé y salí volando or disparadoit sent the poor cyclist flyingel pobre ciclista salió disparado por los airesto let fly at somebodyemprenderla or arremeter contra alguienhe grabbed a bottle and let fly at heragarró una botella y arremetió or la emprendió contra ellahe let fly with a stream of abusesoltó una sarta de insultosto make the feathers or fur or sparks flyarmar un gran lío [colloquial]and then the feathers really began to flyy entonces sí que se armó la gorda or la de San Quintín [colloquial]Example sentences2.4 (pass quickly)
(time)the days/weeks have just flown (by)
- Shards of plastic and even wheels had been sent flying across the street into gardens and hedges.
- Punches were thrown, chairs sent flying, a woman pushed to the floor and spectators in the packed arena sent running for cover, according to reports from the scene.
- It was a breezy southwesterly gale which caused overflowing dustbins to be sent flying through the masses.
volarlos días/las semanas han pasado volandohow time flies!¡cómo pasa el tiempo!
¡el tiempo vuela or pasa volando!Example sentences2.5 (flee) [archaic] fly, fly, my lord!
¡escapad, escapad mi señor! [archaic]Example sentences
- Another weekend has flown past and Easter is looming up pretty fast again this year.
- Our five days in Germany's capital city flew along quickly even though the first week of January is more like an extended siesta period for Germans.
- Those long winters on Lewis must have just flown by.
- it was to the English he must have flown for protection, and to them he would naturally have communicated his fears.
- Yet you did not fly from me, nor did I fly from you: we are innocent towards one another in our unfaithfulness.
- These people know of my crime; perhaps they will not fly from me, and will only kill me.
- He was compelled to fly the realm for having murdered a woman with child.
- Protestants, wherever they could obtain shipping, hasted to fly the country.
- This is no time for thanks, Mr. Peters, unless it is to the Lord; you must fly the country, and that at once!
- 3past tense & past participle flied(in baseball)lanzar un globo or un flyExample sentences
- With Wakefield up in the pen yet again as Francona burned through his options, Curt Leskanic came in and got Williams to fly to center to end the inning.
- He was in the outfield when Houston pitcher Bill Greason flew to left.
- The deciding run, in the fourth inning, came as Crabtree tripled after Longacre fell trying to make the catch and Kurowski flew to right.
transitive verb 3rd person singular present flies present participle flying past tense flew past participle flown
- 1 1.1 (control)(plane/glider/balloon)
pilotarExample sentences1.2 (carry)
(cargo)he was flown to Dallas in a private jet
- The aircraft is flown by two flight crew with between six and ten mission crew.
- This reduced the amount of control forces and the frequency of control movements required to fly the aircraft.
- The nearest aircraft was regularly flown by Flight Lieutenant Bill Newton.
transportar (en avión)lo llevaron a Dallas en avión privadothe wounded were flown out by helicopterlos heridos fueron evacuados en helicópterothey had the equipment flown inles mandaron el equipo por aviónExample sentences1.3 (travel over)
(distance)they fly this route daily
- They are sending a transport aircraft to fly relief to Grand Bahama.
- The injured boy was flown by helicopter to hospital, where he was treated for multiple bites to the arms and legs.
- Two other US soldiers were injured and were flown by helicopter back to a field hospital in the capital where they were in a ‘stable’ condition last night.
recorrer (en avión)tienen vuelos diarios en esta rutaBlériot was the first man to fly the ChannelBlériot fue el primer piloto que cruzó el canal de la Mancha en avión1.4 (travel by)(airline)1.5 (operate, use) we fly 737s on that route
volar conesa ruta la cubren aviones 737some businessmen fly private aircraftalgunos hombres de negocios vuelan en avión privado
noun plural flies
- 1 (on trousers) (often pl in BrE) your fly is or (British also) flies are undonellevas la bragueta abierta or desabrochadatienes el marrueco abierto or desabrochado (Chile)Example sentences
- Interesting alternatives are Velcro straps or, if the shorts fit perfectly, stylish button flies.
- Imagine my reaction then as I stumble out of the cupboard buttoning up the flies on my jeans and two secretaries are walking past.
- We make boxers with fake flies, no flies, and button flies.
- 2 (on tent) 2.1 (flap)Example sentences2.2fly (sheet)
toldo (masculine) impermeable (de tienda de campaña)
- We use our ice axes to stake down the fly, but it flaps as violently as a trapped bird.
- I do not like how far I have to reach from the inside of the tent to the zip on the fly.
- After the exterior of the tent's fly dries, remove it and drape it over a bush or tree limb with the interior exposed.
- 3fly (ball) (in baseball) (US)globo (masculine)on the fly (US)
fly (masculine)(hurriedly) a las carreras(lit: without bouncing) por el aire
- 4also: flies plural(Theatre)bambalinas (feminine plural)Example sentences
- The rest, even while the scenery keeps rising from the floor or descending from the flies, remains unremittingly flat.
- Also all sorts of bolts of cloth unrolled this way and that or unfurling from the flies, sometimes covering the entire cast, though not for long enough.
- Suspended from the flies or moving in slow motion, she was a spiritual warrior and her chalked, nude body was her testing ground.
- 1 (insect) he/she wouldn't hurt a fly the fly in the ointmentel único problemala única pega (Spain) [colloquial]there are no flies on her/himno tiene un pelo de tonta/tontoto be a fly on the wallI'd like to have been a fly on the wall when he told herme habría gustado estar allí or ver su reacción cuando se lo dijoto die/drop like fliesmorir/caer como moscasExample sentences
- Almost 40 years ago Ed Lewis discovered a remarkable fly that differs from an ordinary fly by one extra pair of wings.
- There were also winged salamanders feasting on flying insects such as flies and mosquitoes.
- A single fly was placed on the platform, and placidly stayed there, motionless, until the test stimulus was presented.
- 2 (in angling) (before noun) fly fishermanpescador (masculine) con moscaExample sentences
- There seems to be a culture that now associates using artificial lures and flies with the need to conserve our stocks for the future.
- Take the advice of local anglers for choice of flies and small popping plugs.
- Unlike in trout fishing, where an artificial fly is used, anglers hunting pike tend to go for bait such as small fish.
- 1 (US) [colloquial] (stylish, fashionable)en la onda [colloquial]
enrollado (Spain) [colloquial](clothes)
a la moda
- If your neighbor's got a fly crib or a pimped-out set of wheels, that's their business, not yours.
- I was looking for the fly stuff, and I don't mean fishing gear.
- Babs wants to know if her romance with the fly guy she met last year is for keeps.
- 2 (British) [colloquial] (crafty)vivo [colloquial]Example sentences
- Never in the history of nannies has there been a more fly nanny than Julie Andrews.
- I'm too fly to admit anything to youse guys.
- This sort of manoeuvre must have been what one shadow cabinet colleague had in mind when he privately described the politician as ‘an extremely fly operator’.
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