fly: Meaning and Definition of
— v., n., pl. flew flied, flown, fly•ing, flies.
- to move through the air using wings.
- to be carried through the air by the wind or any other force or agency: bits of paper flying about.
- to float or flutter in the air: flags flying in the breeze.
- to travel in an aircraft or spacecraft.
- to move suddenly and quickly; start unexpectedly: He flew from the room.
- to change rapidly and unexpectedly from one state or position to another: The door flew open.
- to flee; escape.
- to travel in space: The probe will fly past the planet.
- to move or pass swiftly: How time flies!
- to move with an aggressive surge: A mother fox will fly at anyone approaching her kits.
- He flied into right field.
- to bat a fly ball:He flied into right field.
- to fly out.
- to be acceptable, believable, or feasible: It seemed like a good idea, but it just wouldn't fly.
- to make (something) float or move through the air: to fly a kite.
- to operate (an aircraft, spacecraft, or the like).
- to hoist aloft, as for display, signaling, etc.: to fly a flag.
- to operate an aircraft or spacecraft over: to fly the Pacific.
- to transport or convey by air: We fly merchandise to Boston.
- to escape from; flee: to fly someone's wrath.
- to hang (scenery) above a stage by means of rigging supported by the gridiron.
- to raise (scenery) from the stage or acting area into the flies.
- See(def. 33).
- to act in defiance of (authority, custom, etc.).
- See(def. 8).
- to be put out by hitting a fly ball that is caught by a player of the opposing team.
- If she gets mad enough she'll tell me to go fly a kite.
- to put up with or get used to matters as they stand.
- to confine oneself to one's own affairs.
- to cease being a nuisance:If she gets mad enough she'll tell me to go fly a kite.
- She let fly with a barrage of angry words.
- to hurl or propel (a weapon, missile, etc.).
- to give free rein to an emotion:She let fly with a barrage of angry words.
- a strip of material sewn along one edge of a garment opening for concealing buttons, zippers, or other fasteners.
- a flap forming the door of a tent.
- a piece of canvas extending over the ridgepole of a tent and forming an outer roof.
- an act of flying; a flight.
- the course of a flying object, as a ball.
- a light, covered, public carriage drawn by one horse; hansom; hackney coach.
- a horizontal arm, weighted at each end, that pivots about the screw of a press so that when the screw is lowered the momentum of the fly will increase the force of the press.
- a regulating device for chime and striking mechanisms, consisting of an arrangement of vanes on a revolving axis.
- (in some presses) the apparatus for removing the printed sheets to the delivery table.
- Also calledflyboy.(formerly) a printer's devil employed to remove printed sheets from a press.
- (on a flag)
- the horizontal dimension of a flag as flown from a vertical staff.
- the end of the flag farther from the staff. Cf. hoist (def. 8).
- Also calledthe space above the stage used chiefly for storing scenery and equipment.
- a propellerlike device streamed to rotate and transfer information on speed to a mechanical log.
- to catch a baseball on the fly.
- during flight; before falling to the ground:to catch a baseball on the fly.
- hurriedly; without pausing:We had dinner on the fly.
— pl. flies.
- Also calledany of numerous two-winged insects of the order Diptera, esp. of the family Muscidae, as the common housefly.
- any of various winged insects, as the mayfly or firefly.
- a fishhook dressed with hair, feathers, silk, tinsel, etc., so as to resemble an insect or small fish, for use as a lure or bait.
- (cap.)the constellation Musca.
- a detrimental factor; detraction: If there's one fly in the ointment, it's that there may not be the money to finish the job.
— adj. Brit. Informal.
- clever; keen; ingenious.
- agile; nimble.
- fly (Thesaurus)