Definitions of fly

  1. To move through the air on wings, like birds; to rise in air; to move swiftly; to pass away; to burst; to flee.
  2. To cause to fly or to float in the air, as a bird, a kite, a flag, etc.
  3. To fly or flee from; to shun; to avoid.
  4. To hunt with a hawk.
  5. To manage ( an aircraft) in flight; as, to fly an aeroplane.
  6. To avoid; cause to float in the air.
  7. To avoid, flee from; to cause, to fly, as a kite:- pr. p. flying; pa. t. flew; pa. p. flown.
  8. To flee from; cause to fly.
  9. To cause to take flight.
  10. To flee from; shun.
  11. To move in or pass thorugh the air with wings, as a bird.
  12. To move through the air or before the wind; esp., to pass or be driven rapidly through the air by any impulse.
  13. To float, wave, or rise in the air, as sparks or a flag.
  14. To move or pass swiftly; to hasten away; to circulate rapidly; as, a ship flies on the deep; a top flies around; rumor flies.
  15. To run from danger; to attempt to escape; to flee; as, an enemy or a coward flies. See Note under Flee.
  16. Any winged insect; esp., one with transparent wings; as, the Spanish fly; firefly; gall fly; dragon fly.
  17. Any dipterous insect; as, the house fly; flesh fly; black fly. See Diptera, and Illust. in Append.
  18. A familiar spirit; a witch's attendant.
  19. A parasite.
  20. A kind of light carriage for rapid transit, plying for hire and usually drawn by one horse.
  21. The part of a vane pointing the direction from which the wind blows.
  22. That part of a compass on which the points are marked; the compass card.
  23. Two or more vanes set on a revolving axis, to act as a fanner, or to equalize or impede the motion of machinery by the resistance of the air, as in the striking part of a clock.
  24. The piece hinged to the needle, which holds the engaged loop in position while the needle is penetrating another loop; a latch.
  25. The pair of arms revolving around the bobbin, in a spinning wheel or spinning frame, to twist the yarn.
  26. A shuttle driven through the shed by a blow or jerk.
  27. Formerly, the person who took the printed sheets from the press.
  28. A vibrating frame with fingers, attached to a power to a power printing press for doing the same work.
  29. The outer canvas of a tent with double top, usually drawn over the ridgepole, but so extended as to touch the roof of the tent at no other place.
  30. One of the upper screens of a stage in a theater.
  31. The fore flap of a bootee; also, a lap on trousers, overcoats, etc., to conceal a row of buttons.
  32. A batted ball that flies to a considerable distance, usually high in the air; also, the flight of a ball so struck; as, it was caught on the fly.
  33. To move suddenly, or with violence; to do an act suddenly or swiftly; - usually with a qualifying word; as, a door flies open; a bomb flies apart.
  34. A hook dressed in imitation of a fly, - used for fishing.
  35. The length of an extended flag from its staff; sometimes, the length from the union to the extreme end.
  36. To move through, or rise in, the air with wings; to go quickly through the air as from some driving source; to float in the air, as a flag; move rapidly; run away; part with violence; as, the bottle flew into a thousand pieces.
  37. To move through the air on wings; to move swiftly; to pass away; to flee; to burst: to flutter.
  38. To move through the air; soar; move or pass swiftly; flee; burst.
  39. pass away rapidly; " Time flies like an arrow"; " Time fleeing beneath him"
  40. decrease rapidly, as of money
  41. change quickly from one emotional state to another; " fly into a rage"
  42. transport by aeroplane; " We fly flowers from the Caribbean to North America"
  43. be dispersed or disseminated; " Rumors and accusations are flying"
  44. move quickly or suddenly; " He flew about the place"
  45. travel through the air; be airborne; " Man cannot fly"
  46. hit a fly
  47. travel in an airplane; " she is flying to Cincinnati tonight"; " Are we driving or flying?"
  48. travel over ( an area of land or sea) in an aircraft; " Lindbergh was the first to fly the Atlantic"
  49. cause to fly or float; " fly a kite"
  50. A heavy wheel, or cross arms with weights at the ends on a revolving axis, to regulate or equalize the motion of machinery by means of its inertia, where the power communicated, or the resistance to be overcome, is variable, as in the steam engine or the coining press. See Fly wheel ( below).
  51. To move in the air, as by wings.
  52. To move quickly; hasten; dart; flee.
  53. To float in air or water; wave.
  54. To be violently impelled; explode; burst.
  55. To avoid; to quit by flight; to cause to float in the air; to flutter, as a flag in the wind. To fly at, to rush or fall on suddenly. To fly in the face, to insult; to assail; to set at defiance. To fly off, to separate or depart suddenly; to revolt. To fly open, to open suddenly or with violence. To fly out, to rush out; to burst into a passion; to break out into licence; to issue with violence. To let fly, to discharge. To let fly the sheets, to let go suddenly and entirely.
  56. To move through the air on wings, as a bird or insect; to pass on or away swiftly; to run or retreat rapidly, as an army; to break or part suddenly; to rush at or attack suddenly; to shun; to avoid.
  57. Flying.
  58. ( baseball) a hit that flies high in the air
  59. an opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or buttons concealed by a fold of cloth
  60. fisherman's lure consisting of a fishhook decorated to look like an insect
  61. Waste cotton.
  62. A two- winged insect of many kinds, as the common house fly; a fishhook dressed in imitation of a fly; the outer canvas of a double tent; a lap on a garment to cover a fastening; a hackney carriage.
  63. A small insect with two transparent wings, esp. the common house- fly; a fish- hook dressed with silk, etc., in imitation of a fly; a light double- seated carriage; ( mech.) a fly- wheel.
  64. A small two- winged insect.
  65. One of various small two winged insects.
  66. A light carriage.
  67. One of various rapidly moving objects or devices; as, the fly of a printing press.
  68. A flap.
  69. The act of flying.
  70. A dipterous insect, of which there are various species; the common house- fly; a fly- wheel: a flying pinion; that part of a vane which points and shows which way the wind blows; the extent of an ensign, flag, or pendant from the staff to the end that flutters loose in the wind; a light carriage; a hook dressed like a fly; one who or that which takes the sheets from the press or machine.
  71. A small well- known insect; anything light or swift; a light carriage let on hire.
  72. ( British informal) not to be deceived or hoodwinked
  73. Knowing; wide awake; fully understanding another's meaning.
  74. Flown.