Definitions for: Fleet

[n] a group of warships organized as a tactical unit
[n] a group of steamships operating together under the same ownership
[n] group of motor vehicles operating together under the same ownership
[n] group of aircraft operating together under the same ownership
[adj] moving very fast; "fleet of foot"; "the fleet scurrying of squirrels"; "a swift current"; "swift flight of an arrow"; "a swift runner"
[v] disappear gradually; as of emotions, for example; "The pain eventually passed off"
[v] move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart

Webster (1913) Definition: Fleet, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fleeted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Fleeting.] [OE. fleten, fleoten, to swim, AS. fle['o]tan to
swim, float; akin to D. vlieten to flow, OS. fliotan, OHG.
fliozzan, G. fliessen, Icel. flj[=o]ta to float, flow, Sw.
flyta, D. flyde, L. pluere to rain, Gr. ? to sail, swim,
float, Skr. plu to swim, sail. [root]84. Cf. Fleet, n. &
a., Float, Pluvial, Flow.]
1. To sail; to float. [Obs.]

And in frail wood on Adrian Gulf doth fleet.

2. To fly swiftly; to pass over quickly; to hasten; to flit
as a light substance.

All the unaccomplished works of Nature's hand, . . .
Dissolved on earth, fleet hither. --Milton.

3. (Naut.) To slip on the whelps or the barrel of a capstan
or windlass; -- said of a cable or hawser.

Fleet, v. t.
1. To pass over rapidly; to skin the surface of; as, a ship
that fleets the gulf. --Spenser.

2. To hasten over; to cause to pass away lighty, or in mirth
and joy.

Many young gentlemen flock to him, and fleet the
time carelessly. --Shak.

3. (Naut.)
(a) To draw apart the blocks of; -- said of a tackle.
(b) To cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or
windlass, as a rope or chain.

Fleet, a. [Compar. Fleeter; superl. Fleetest.] [Cf.
Icel. flj?tr quick. See Fleet, v. i.]
1. Swift in motion; moving with velocity; light and quick in
going from place to place; nimble.

In mail their horses clad, yet fleet and strong.

2. Light; superficially thin; not penetrating deep, as soil.
[Prov. Eng.] --Mortimer.

Fleet, n. [OE. flete, fleote, AS. fle['o]t ship, fr.
fle['o]tan to float, swim. See Fleet, v. i. and cf.
A number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also,
the collective naval force of a country, etc.

Fleet captain, the senior aid of the admiral of a fleet,
when a captain. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.

Fleet, n. [AS. fle['o]t a place where vessels float,
bay, river; akin to D. vliet rill, brook, G. fliess. See
Fleet, v. i.]
1. A flood; a creek or inlet; a bay or estuary; a river; --
obsolete, except as a place name, -- as Fleet Street in

Together wove we nets to entrap the fish In floods
and sedgy fleets. --Matthewes.

2. A former prison in London, which originally stood near a
stream, the Fleet (now filled up).

Fleet parson, a clergyman of low character, in, or in the
vicinity of, the Fleet prison, who was ready to unite
persons in marriage (called Fleet marriage) at any hour,
without public notice, witnesses, or consent of parents.

Fleet, v. t. [AS. fl[=e]t cream, fr. fle['o]tan to
float. See Fleet, v. i.]
To take the cream from; to skim. [Prov. Eng.] --Johnson.

Fleet, v. i. (Naut.)
To move or change in position; -- said of persons; as, the
crew fleeted aft.

Fleet", v. t. (Naut.)
To move or change in position; used only in special phrases;
as, of fleet aft the crew.

We got the long ``stick'' . . . down and ``fleeted''
aft, where it was secured. --F. T.

Synonyms: blow over, dart, evanesce, fade, fast, flit, flutter, pass, pass off, swift

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