Definitions for: Flight


[n] the act of escaping physically; "he made his escape from the mental hospital"; "the canary escaped from its cage"; "his flight was an indication of his guilt"
[n] a scheduled trip by plane between designated airports; "I took the noon flight to Chicago"
[n] an instance of traveling by air; "flying was still an exciting adventure for him"
[n] a stairway (set of steps) between one floor or landing and the next
[n] passing above and beyond ordinary bounds; "a flight of fancy"; "flights of rhetoric"; "flights of imagination"
[n] an air force unit smaller than a squadron
[n] a formation of aircraft in flight
[n] a flock of flying birds
[n] the path followed by an object moving through space
[v] decorate with feathers, as of an arrow or dart
[v] fly in a flock, as of wild geese
[v] shoot a bird in flight



Webster (1913) Definition: Flight (fl[imac]t), n. [AS. fliht, flyht, a flying, fr.
fle['o]gan to fly; cf. flyht a fleeing, fr. fle['o]n to flee,
G. flucht a fleeing, Sw. flykt, G. flug a flying, Sw. flygt,
D. vlugt a fleeing or flying, Dan. flugt. [root]84. See
Flee, Fly.]
1. The act or flying; a passing through the air by the help
of wings; volitation; mode or style of flying.

Like the night owl's lazy flight. --Shak.

2. The act of fleeing; the act of running away, to escape or
expected evil; hasty departure.

Pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
--Matt. xxiv.
20.

Fain by flight to save themselves. --Shak.

3. Lofty elevation and excursion;a mounting; a soa?ing; as, a
flight of imagination, ambition, folly.

Could he have kept his spirit to that flight, He had
been happy. --Byron.

His highest flights were indeed far below those of
Taylor. --Macaulay.

4. A number of beings or things passing through the air
together; especially, a flock of birds flying in company;
the birds that fly or migrate together; the birds produced
in one season; as, a flight of arrows. --Swift.

Swift flights of angels ministrant. --Milton.

Like a flight of fowl Scattered winds and
tempestuous gusts. --Shak.

5. A series of steps or stairs from one landing to another.
--Parker.

6. A kind of arrow for the longbow; also, the sport of
shooting with it. See Shaft. [Obs.]

Challenged Cupid at the flight. --Shak.

Not a flight drawn home E'er made that haste that
they have. --Beau. & Fl.

7. The husk or glume of oats. [Prov. Eng.] --Wright.



Flight feathers (Zo["o]l.), the wing feathers of a bird,
including the quills, coverts, and bastard wing. See
Bird.

To put to flight, To turn to flight, to compel to run
away; to force to flee; to rout.

Syn: Pair; set. See Pair.

Synonyms: escape, fledge, flight of stairs, flight of steps, flying, trajectory

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