Definition of "fly" [fly]

  • 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-intransitive)
  • (of birds, aircraft, etc) to move through the air in a controlled manner using aerodynamic forces (verb)

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  • 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 (verb)
  • 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 (noun)

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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."