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Definitions of flies

  1. ( theater) the space over the stage ( out of view of the audience) used to store scenery ( drop curtains)
  2. of or relating to passage through the air especially aviation; " a flying time of three hours between cities"; " unidentified flying objects"
  3. An order of the class Insecta. Wings, when present, number two and distinguish Diptera from other so- called flies, while the halteres, or reduced hindwings, separate Diptera from other insects with one pair of wings. The order includes the families Calliphoridae, Oestridae, Phoridae, Sarcophagidae, Scatophagidae, Sciaridae, SIMULIIDAE, Tabanidae, Therevidae, Trypetidae, CERATOPOGONIDAE; CHIRONOMIDAE; CULICIDAE; DROSOPHILIDAE; GLOSSINIDAE; MUSCIDAE; and PSYCHODIDAE.
  4. of Fly
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Usage examples for flies

  1. Each time, as it flies from one tree to another, the song is repeated. – The Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds, Volume 1 by Allan O. Hume
  2. The rocket flies, indeed, beyond the wreck, but drops into the sea, a little to the left of her. – Battles with the Sea by R.M. Ballantyne
  3. I don't catch flies with my open mouth! – For the Sake of the School by Angela Brazil
  4. Then one flies to another wire. – Peter and Polly in Winter by Rose Lucia
  5. It should therefore be well examined when it comes in; and if flies have touched it, the part must be cut off, and then well washed. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  6. " There, straight as the crow flies, little one," he said, pointing west. – Thankful Rest by Annie S. Swan
  7. It's the flies then. – Melbourne House by Elizabeth Wetherell
  8. He loves my Lizzie, and I do not believe that he who loves that girl will wish to fly away before she flies with him. – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach
  9. Even the flies on the wall still slept. – The Beacon Second Reader by James H. Fassett
  10. They resemble our own house flies in appearance- would that they were equally harmless! – The Lifeboat by R.M. Ballantyne
  11. " Wal, wal, time flies," sighed the old man. – The Mysterious Rider by Zane Grey
  12. But turn it nine times around the wrong way, and the door flies open." – The Book of Dragons by Edith Nesbit
  13. The day flies were a swiftly growing army. – In Mesopotamia by Martin Swayne
  14. During the dinner I escaped from the place of flies, and retired to a favourite tree. – First Footsteps in East Africa or, an Exploration of Harar by Richard F. Burton
  15. As soon as Bijou had passed through the gateway, she put Patatras to a gallop, for the flies were teasing him dreadfully. – Bijou by Gyp
  16. Baby Phil calls them flies. – The Bars of Iron by Ethel May Dell
  17. Wasn't his flies as good as Bill's, or Tom's? – Middy and Ensign by G. Manville Fenn
  18. When the signal ceases it flies back. – Letters of a Radio-Engineer to His Son by John Mills
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