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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flight  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  flight 
  n  1:  a  formation  of  aircraft  in  flight 
  2:  an  instance  of  traveling  by  air;  "flying  was  still  an 
  exciting  adventure  for  him"  [syn:  {flying}] 
  3:  a  set  of  steps  between  one  floor  or  landing  and  the  next 
  [syn:  {flight  of  stairs},  {flight  of  steps}] 
  4:  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"  [syn:  {escape}] 
  5:  a  unit  of  the  US  air  force  smaller  than  a  squadron 
  6:  passing  above  and  beyond  ordinary  bounds;  "a  flight  of 
  fancy";  "flights  of  rhetoric";  "flights  of  imagination" 
  7:  the  path  followed  by  a  moving  object  [syn:  {trajectory}] 
  8:  a  flock  of  flying  birds 
  9:  a  scheduled  trip  by  plane  between  designated  airports;  "I 
  took  the  noon  flight  to  Chicago" 
  v  1:  shoot  a  bird  in  flight 
  2:  fly  in  a  flock,  as  of  wild  geese 
  3:  decorate  with  feathers,  as  of  an  arrow  or  dart  [syn:  {fledge}] 




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