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Meaning of flying

fly•ing

Pronunciation: (flī'ing), [key]
— adj.
  1. making flight or passing through the air; that flies: a flying insect; an unidentified flying object.
  2. floating, fluttering, waving, hanging, or moving freely in the air: flying banners; flying hair.
  3. extending through the air.
  4. moving swiftly.
  5. made while moving swiftly: a flying leap.
  6. very hasty or brief; fleeting or transitory: a flying visit; a flying remark.
  7. designed or organized for swift movement or action.
  8. fleeing, running away, or taking flight: They pursued the flying enemy.
  9. (of a sail) having none of its edges fastened to spars or stays.
—n.
  1. the act of moving through the air on wings; flight.
—adv.
  1. without being fastened to a yard, stay, or the like: a sail set flying.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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