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Definitions of fly

  1. pass away rapidly; " Time flies like an arrow"; " Time fleeing beneath him"
  2. display in the air or cause to float; " fly a kite"; " All nations fly their flags in front of the U. N."
  3. ( baseball) a hit that flies high in the air
  4. two- winged insects characterized by active flight
  5. an opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or buttons concealed by a fold of cloth
  6. fisherman's lure consisting of a fishhook decorated to look like an insect
  7. flap consisting of a piece of canvas that can be drawn back to provide entrance to a tent
  8. ( British informal) not to be deceived or hoodwinked
  9. decrease rapidly, as of money
  10. change quickly from one emotional state to another; " fly into a rage"
  11. transport by aeroplane; " We fly flowers from the Caribbean to North America"
  12. be dispersed or disseminated; " Rumors and accusations are flying"
  13. move quickly or suddenly; " He flew about the place"
  14. travel through the air; be airborne; " Man cannot fly"
  15. ( baseball) a hit that flies up in the air
  16. decrease rapidly and disappear; " the money vanished in las Vegas"; " all my stock assets have vaporized"
  17. hit a fly
  18. travel in an airplane; " she is flying to Cincinnati tonight"; " Are we driving or flying?"
  19. travel over ( an area of land or sea) in an aircraft; " Lindbergh was the first to fly the Atlantic"
  20. cause to fly or float; " fly a kite"
  21. To move in or pass thorugh the air with wings, as a bird.
  22. To move through the air or before the wind; esp., to pass or be driven rapidly through the air by any impulse.
  23. To float, wave, or rise in the air, as sparks or a flag.
  24. To move or pass swiftly; to hasten away; to circulate rapidly; as, a ship flies on the deep; a top flies around; rumor flies.
  25. To run from danger; to attempt to escape; to flee; as, an enemy or a coward flies. See Note under Flee.
  26. To cause to fly or to float in the air, as a bird, a kite, a flag, etc.
  27. To fly or flee from; to shun; to avoid.
  28. To hunt with a hawk.
  29. Any winged insect; esp., one with transparent wings; as, the Spanish fly; firefly; gall fly; dragon fly.
  30. Any dipterous insect; as, the house fly; flesh fly; black fly. See Diptera, and Illust. in Append.
  31. A familiar spirit; a witch's attendant.
  32. A parasite.
  33. A kind of light carriage for rapid transit, plying for hire and usually drawn by one horse.
  34. The part of a vane pointing the direction from which the wind blows.
  35. That part of a compass on which the points are marked; the compass card.
  36. 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.
  37. 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).
  38. The piece hinged to the needle, which holds the engaged loop in position while the needle is penetrating another loop; a latch.
  39. The pair of arms revolving around the bobbin, in a spinning wheel or spinning frame, to twist the yarn.
  40. A shuttle driven through the shed by a blow or jerk.
  41. Formerly, the person who took the printed sheets from the press.
  42. A vibrating frame with fingers, attached to a power to a power printing press for doing the same work.
  43. 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.
  44. One of the upper screens of a stage in a theater.
  45. The fore flap of a bootee; also, a lap on trousers, overcoats, etc., to conceal a row of buttons.
  46. 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.
  47. Knowing; wide awake; fully understanding another's meaning.
  48. To manage ( an aircraft) in flight; as, to fly an aeroplane.
  49. Waste cotton.
  50. 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.
  51. A hook dressed in imitation of a fly, - used for fishing.
  52. The length of an extended flag from its staff; sometimes, the length from the union to the extreme end.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. To avoid; cause to float in the air.
  56. 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.
  57. Flown.
  58. Flying.
  59. A dipterous, or two- winged, insect of the family Muscidae.
  60. To move through the air on wings; to move swiftly; to pass away; to flee; to burst: to flutter.
  61. To avoid, flee from; to cause, to fly, as a kite:- pr. p. flying; pa. t. flew; pa. p. flown.
  62. 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.
  63. A small two- winged insect.
  64. To flee from; cause to fly.
  65. To move through the air; soar; move or pass swiftly; flee; burst.
  66. To cause to take flight.
  67. To flee from; shun.
  68. To move in the air, as by wings.
  69. To move quickly; hasten; dart; flee.
  70. To float in air or water; wave.
  71. To be violently impelled; explode; burst.
  72. One of various small two winged insects.
  73. A light carriage.
  74. One of various rapidly moving objects or devices; as, the fly of a printing press.
  75. A flap.
  76. The act of flying.
  77. 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.
  78. 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.
  79. To move through the air on wings, like birds; to rise in air; to move swiftly; to pass away; to burst; to flee.
  80. A small well- known insect; anything light or swift; a light carriage let on hire.
  81. 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.
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Usage examples for fly

  1. She must fly, or she must know the truth, the whole of it, the worst of it. – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  2. You had to watch it all the time because some one would fly across the field just above the ground when they could. – The Biography of a Rabbit by Roy Benson, Jr.
  3. My fly is waiting in the village. – The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
  4. I shall fly and be back in a moment. – Baron Trigault's Vengeance Volume 2 (of 2) by Emile Gaboriau
  5. She looked ready to fly. – The Children of Wilton Chase by Mrs. L. T. Meade
  6. I beg of you to be brief, for time does fly. – Girls of the Forest by L. T. Meade
  7. It didn't want us to fly. – Space Tug by Murray Leinster
  8. She shall not fly where the heaven is blue and where the sun shines warm. – Fairies and Folk of Ireland by William Henry Frost
  9. Just caught her on the fly. – Two Little Women on a Holiday by Carolyn Wells
  10. Would you have me fly for ever from those who have been all to me- from those to whom I am all- from my father- from my dear, my old mother! – Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia by William Gilmore Simms
  11. Will you show me how to fly like that? – The-Circus-Boys-on-the-Flying-Rings-or-Making-the-Start-in-the-Sawdust-Life by Darlington, Edgar B. P.
  12. Another came running presently, And he was pale as pale could be;- Fly! – Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1 by Edward William Cole
  13. Fly if you value your lives! – The Heart of Denise and Other Tales by S. (Sidney) Levett-Yeats
  14. For instance, you know perfectly that you can't fly. – The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit
  15. Many times on that other Saturday afternoon Louie had begged Evie to go; now she longed to fly herself. – The Story of Louie by Oliver Onions
  16. Why did they all fly away like that, as if they had just remembered something awfully important? – Children of the Wild by Charles G. D. Roberts
  17. By this time the Fly- up- the- creek had already begun to reach out for his clothes, which Bobby hastily threw into the fire. – Queer Stories for Boys and Girls by Edward Eggleston
  18. I could no more do it than fly! – The Three Lieutenants by W.H.G. Kingston
  19. Fly to Austin ... – Underground by Suelette Dreyfus
  20. Oh Mr. Whisper, my Lady saw you out at the Window, and order'd me to bid you fly, and let your Master know she's now alone. – The Busie Body by Susanna Centlivre Commentator: Jess Byrd
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