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Definitions of fleet

  1. disappear gradually; as of emotions, for example; " The pain eventually passed off"
  2. move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
  3. a group of warships organized as a tactical unit
  4. a group of steamships operating together under the same ownership
  5. group of motor vehicles operating together under the same ownership
  6. group of aircraft operating together under the same ownership
  7. moving very fast; " fleet of foot"; " the fleet scurrying of squirrels"; " a swift current"; " swift flight of an arrow"; " a swift runner"
  8. disappear gradually; " The pain eventually passed off"
  9. To sail; to float.
  10. To fly swiftly; to pass over quickly; to hasten; to flit as a light substance.
  11. To pass over rapidly; to skin the surface of; as, a ship that fleets the gulf.
  12. To hasten over; to cause to pass away lighty, or in mirth and joy.
  13. To cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or windlass, as a rope or chain.
  14. Swift in motion; moving with velocity; light and quick in going from place to place; nimble.
  15. Light; superficially thin; not penetrating deep, as soil.
  16. A number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also, the collective naval force of a country, etc.
  17. A flood; a creek or inlet; a bay or estuary; a river; -- obsolete, except as a place name, -- as Fleet Street in London.
  18. A former prison in London, which originally stood near a stream, the Fleet ( now filled up).
  19. To take the cream from; to skim.
  20. To move or change in position; used only in special phrases; as, of fleet aft the crew.
  21. To slip on the whelps or the barrel of a capstan or windlass; - said of a cable or hawser.
  22. To draw apart the blocks of; - said of a tackle.
  23. A flood; a creek or inlet; a bay or estuary; a river; - obsolete, except as a place name, - as Street in London.
  24. A former prison in London, which originally stood near a stream, the ( now filled up).
  25. To move or change in position; - said of persons; as, the crew fleeted aft.
  26. Swift; rapid; nimble.
  27. A company of warships or merchant vessels.
  28. To fly swiftly; hasten.
  29. Fleetly.
  30. Fleetness.
  31. A number of ships in company, esp. ships of war; a division of the navy, commanded by an admiral.
  32. To pass swiftly:- pr. p. fleeting; pa. p. fleeted.
  33. Swift; nimble; fleeting or transient.
  34. A company of ships. esp. ships of war.
  35. Swift; transient.
  36. To pass swiftly.
  37. To fly or pass swiftly.
  38. Moving, or capable of moving, swiftly; rapid; nimble; swift.
  39. A number of vessels in company, as ships of war.
  40. Swift of pace; nimble; moving with celerity; superfleially fruitful; not penetrating deep, as soil; skimming the surface.
  41. In names of places, a creek, a bay, a river, as in Fleet Street, North- fleet, Fleet prison.
  42. A squadron of ships; a number of ships in company for one object or destination, specially war- ships.
  43. To skim the surface; to pass over rapidly; to pass lightly, or in murth and joy.
  44. To fly swiftly; to hasten; to flit as a light substance; to float.
  45. To flow away; to move rapidly.
  46. Swift of pace; nimble; active.
  47. A number of ships in company; a navy or squadron; a creek; an inlet.
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Quotes of fleet

  1. I felt only as a man can feel who is roaming over the prairies of the far West, well armed, and mounted on a fleet and gallant steed. – Buffalo Bill
  2. A modern fleet of ships does not so much make use of the sea as exploit a highway. – Joseph Conrad
  3. The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 completely crippled our Pacific Fleet – Jerry Costello
  4. Of whatsoever number a fleet of ships of war is composed, it is usually divided into three squadrons; and these, if numerous, are again separated into divisions. – William Falconer
  5. The fleet being thus more inclosed will more readily observe the signals, and with greater facility form itself into the line of battle a circumstance which should be kept in view in every order of sailing. – William Falconer
  6. I thought Paulie could jump. I know he's not fleet of foot, but at least have some hops. I guess we know who is not going to win a gold glove. I was trying to become a spokesperson for the U. S. Postal Service. – Billy Koch
  7. The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy, who can be dull in Fleet Street. – Charles Lamb
  8. Buonaparte has often made his boast that our fleet would be worn out by keeping the sea and that his was kept in order and increasing by staying in port; but know he finds, I fancy, if Emperors hear the truth, that his fleet suffers more in a night than ours in one year. – Horatio Nelson
  9. When reflecting upon it today, that the Pearl Harbor attack should have succeeded in achieving surprise seems a blessing from Heaven. It was clear that a great American fleet had been concentrated in Pearl Harbor, and we supposed that the state of alert would be very high. – Hideki Tojo
  10. The fleet sailed to its war base in the North Sea, headed not so much for some rendezvous with glory as for rendezvous with discretion. – Barbara Tuchman
  11. If the British Fleet were lost or captured, the Atlantic might be dominated by Germany, a power hostile to our way of life, controlling in that event most of the ships and shipbuilding facilities of Europe. – Wendell L. Wilkie

Usage examples for fleet

  1. If we can once reach the stairs we can make our way off to the fleet – By Pike and Dyke: A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic by G.A. Henty
  2. Vessels of war were with equal steadiness being added to the little fleet in the harbor. – The Siege of Boston by Allen French
  3. Fleet and L. Fleet – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn
  4. And Mr. Goffe absolutely walked down to Fleet Street with Daniel Thwaite the tailor, and introduced him at his own bank. – Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope
  5. The fleet was as little to be counted on as the army. – The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 17 by Charles Francis Horne
  6. I then returned to the fleet that I had left at the forest. – Ismailia by Samuel W. Baker
  7. Bayliss, of Fleet Street. – Curiosities of Impecuniosity by H. G. Somerville
  8. In the fleet launch we were able to run all around the schooner as she slowly sailed over Wolstenholm Sound. – My Attainment of the Pole by Frederick A. Cook
  9. Here the young commander of the fleet hastened toward his parents. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  10. He stood- fleet army, treasure, gone- Alone, and in despair! – The American Union Speaker by John D. Philbrick
  11. If we ever do find Dunnan's planet, we'll need a fleet to take it. – Space Viking by Henry Beam Piper
  12. The Grand Fleet is now a part of the History that it did so much to make. – Mr. Punch's History of the Great War by Punch
  13. " The only way, madam, is to make your way on board the prince's fleet – By Pike and Dyke: A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic by G.A. Henty
  14. Presently, by the aid of England's fleet the royal family returned. – Superwomen by Albert Payson Terhune
  15. A fleet of five ships was made ready. – Introductory American History by Henry Eldridge Bourne Elbert Jay Benton
  16. Looks like the first of the Frisco fleet – The Ice Pilot by Henry Leverage
  17. He could have had every officer and man in the fleet for all were more than ready. – Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom by Trumbull White
  18. My fleet is so large now that it keeps us all at work the whole time. – Admiral Farragut by A. T. Mahan
  19. Stood back to the fleet being recalled by signal. – The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders by Ernest Scott
  20. What business around our war- fleet – A Victor of Salamis by William Stearns Davis

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