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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. A company of warships or merchant vessels.
  27. To fly swiftly; hasten.
  28. Fleetly.
  29. Fleetness.
  30. A number of ships in company, esp. ships of war; a division of the navy, commanded by an admiral.
  31. To pass swiftly:- pr. p. fleeting; pa. p. fleeted.
  32. Swift; nimble; fleeting or transient.
  33. A company of ships. esp. ships of war.
  34. Swift; transient.
  35. To pass swiftly.
  36. To fly or pass swiftly.
  37. Moving, or capable of moving, swiftly; rapid; nimble; swift.
  38. A number of vessels in company, as ships of war.
  39. Swift of pace; nimble; moving with celerity; superfleially fruitful; not penetrating deep, as soil; skimming the surface.
  40. In names of places, a creek, a bay, a river, as in Fleet Street, North- fleet, Fleet prison.
  41. A squadron of ships; a number of ships in company for one object or destination, specially war- ships.
  42. To skim the surface; to pass over rapidly; to pass lightly, or in murth and joy.
  43. To fly swiftly; to hasten; to flit as a light substance; to float.
  44. To flow away; to move rapidly.
  45. Swift of pace; nimble; active.
  46. A number of ships in company; a navy or squadron; a creek; an inlet.

Usage examples for fleet

  1. " 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
  2. Bayliss, of Fleet Street. – Curiosities of Impecuniosity by H. G. Somerville
  3. The fleet was as little to be counted on as the army. – The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 17 by Charles Francis Horne
  4. Here the young commander of the fleet hastened toward his parents. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  5. If we ever do find Dunnan's planet, we'll need a fleet to take it. – Space Viking by Henry Beam Piper
  6. I then returned to the fleet that I had left at the forest. – Ismailia by Samuel W. Baker
  7. Fleet, and L. Fleet. – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Vessels of war were with equal steadiness being added to the little fleet in the harbor. – The Siege of Boston by Allen French
  12. A fleet of five ships was made ready. – Introductory American History by Henry Eldridge Bourne Elbert Jay Benton
  13. Presently, by the aid of England's fleet, the royal family returned. – Superwomen by Albert Payson Terhune
  14. My fleet is so large now that it keeps us all at work the whole time. – Admiral Farragut by A. T. Mahan
  15. Looks like the first of the Frisco fleet. – The Ice Pilot by Henry Leverage
  16. He stood- fleet, army, treasure, gone- Alone, and in despair! – The American Union Speaker by John D. Philbrick
  17. 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
  18. Stood back to the fleet, being recalled by signal. – The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders by Ernest Scott
  19. What business around our war- fleet? – A Victor of Salamis by William Stearns Davis
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