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Definition of "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)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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."