Definition of flying in English:

flying

Syllabification: fly·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈflīiNG
 
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adjective

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.
Synonyms
winged; airborne, in the air, in flight
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.
Synonyms
1.4Used in names of animals that can glide by using winglike membranes or other structures, e.g., flying squirrel.

noun

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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.

Phrases

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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