Meaning of flight


Pronunciation: (flīt), [key]
— n.
  1. the act, manner, or power of flying.
  2. the distance covered or the course taken by a flying object: a 500-mile flight; the flight of the ball.
  3. a trip by an airplane, glider, etc.
  4. a scheduled trip on an airline: a 5 o'clock flight.
  5. a number of beings or things flying or passing through the air together: a flight of geese.
  6. the basic tactical unit of military air forces, consisting of two or more aircraft.
  7. the act, principles, or technique of flying an airplane: flight training.
  8. a journey into or through outer space: a rocket flight.
  9. swift movement, transition, or progression: the flight of time.
  10. a soaring above or transcending ordinary bounds: a flight of fancy.
  11. a series of steps between one floor or landing of a building and the next.
    1. Seeflight arrow.
    2. the distance such an arrow travels when shot.
  1. (of wild fowls) to fly in coordinated flocks.


Pronunciation: (flīt), [key]
— n.
  1. an act or instance of fleeing or running away; hasty departure.
  2. to force to flee or run away; rout: She succeeded in putting the intruder to flight.
  3. to retreat; run away; flee: The wild animals took flight before the onrushing fire.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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