Definition of "fly" [fly]

  • (verb-intransitive) To engage in flight, especially:
  • (verb-intransitive) To move through the air by means of wings or winglike parts.
  • (verb-intransitive) To travel by air: We flew to Dallas.
  • (verb-intransitive) To operate an aircraft or spacecraft.
  • (verb-intransitive) To rise in or be carried through the air by the wind: a kite flying above the playground.
  • (verb) (of birds, aircraft, etc) to move through the air in a controlled manner using aerodynamic forces
  • (verb) to travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft
  • (verb) to operate (an aircraft or spacecraft)
  • (verb) to float, flutter, or be displayed in the air or cause to float, etc, in this way
  • (verb) to transport or be transported by or through the air by aircraft, wind, etc
  • (verb) to move or be moved very quickly, forcibly, or suddenly
  • (verb) to pass swiftly
  • (verb) to escape from (an enemy, place, etc); flee
  • (verb) to attack a person
  • (verb) to have a sudden outburst
  • (verb) (of money, etc) to vanish rapidly
  • (verb) (of hawks) to fly at (quarry) in attack
  • (verb) to suspend (scenery) above the stage so that it may be lowered into view
  • (noun) a closure that conceals a zip, buttons, or other fastening, by having one side overlapping, as on trousers
  • (noun) a flap forming the entrance to a tent
  • (noun) a piece of canvas drawn over the ridgepole of a tent to form an outer roof
  • (noun) a small air brake used to control the chiming of large clocks
  • (noun) the horizontal weighted arm of a fly press
  • (noun) the outer edge of a flag
  • (noun) the distance from the outer edge of a flag to the staff
  • (noun) a light one-horse covered carriage formerly let out on hire
  • (noun) an attempt
  • (noun) a device for transferring printed sheets from the press to a flat pile
  • (noun) a person who collects and stacks printed matter from a printing press
  • (noun) a piece of paper folded once to make four pages, with printing only on the first page
  • (noun) the space above the stage out of view of the audience, used for storing scenery, etc
  • (noun) the act of flying

Use "fly" in a sentence

  • "You take the strand of gut on which the next fly you purpose affixing is dressed, and laying it along the main line, _taking care to have the hook lying in the reverse direction from the tail fly_, you tie it into the line a yard from the fly already attached."
  • "And I was so happy, so wonderfully happy, that a great big something rose within me, and I felt so -- so queer, as if I could fly, and fly, and _fly_!"
  • "I show up and I hate to use the term fly by the seat of my pants."

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