Definition of flying in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflīiNG/


1Moving or able to move through the air with wings: a flying ant
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  • For example, a long history of hanging webs would mean spiders have been influencing the evolution of flying insects for millions of years.
  • Flight-line personnel moved from OMS into the tactical flying squadrons.
  • His name is Rocky, and he is a flying rooster from America who has escaped from a circus.
1.1Done while hurling oneself through the air: he took a flying kick at a policeman
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  • Finally he launches himself into a flying rugby tackle and vanishes from view.
  • She launched herself in a flying tackle at Ian's midriff, knocking the wind out of him and sending the two to the ground.
  • I was innocently walking with my friend, when Stephen ran at me from behind, jumped up, and gave me a tremendous flying kick in the back.
1.2Moving rapidly, especially through the air: one passenger was cut by flying glass
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  • A couple of people suffered minor cuts from flying glass, but it was at the end of the night so there were not many people there.
  • She dodged the flying body and kicked Lars hard enough to crush his skull.
  • The close-quarter action photography with gristle and bone is spliced with dizzy shots of flying masonry launched by ginormous trebuchets.
1.3Hasty; brief: a flying visit
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  • On Saturday, on his return from his brief and much publicised flying visit home to England, he repeated the message to a higher authority.
  • This unexpected visitor began to arrive at Mary Forde's home last week and after a flying visit in and out has now decided to set up home permanently.
  • I shall never forget that first flying visit to Dresden.
1.4Used in names of animals that can glide by using winglike membranes or other structures, e.g., flying squirrel.


Flight, especially in an aircraft: she hates flying
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  • Joe was a TWA pilot and Rick flew corporate aircraft so flying must be in the Barker family genes.
  • Model aircraft flying is a training ground for serious pilots and the Lismore club has spawned a number of full time aviators.
  • ‘For me and for most cadets, the first challenge of the training is solo flying,’ Tu said.


with flying colors

With distinction: Sylvia had passed her exams with flying colors
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  • Michael told me that he was sure I would pass all my exams with flying colors.
  • I'm sure she'll navigate the negative backlash with flying colors.
  • They had some big decisions to make this year, and came through with flying colors.

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Syllabification: fly·ing

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