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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flying  \Fly"ing\,  a.  [From  {Fly},  v.  i.] 
  Moving  in  the  air  with  or  as  with  wings;  moving  lightly  or 
  rapidly;  intended  for  rapid  movement. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fly  \Fly\  (fl[imac]),  v.  i.  [imp.  {Flew}  (fl[=u]);  p.  p.  {Flown} 
  (fl[=o]n);  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Flying}.]  [OE.  fleen,  fleen, 
  fleyen,  flegen,  AS  fle['o]gan;  akin  to  D.  vliegen  OHG. 
  fliogan  G.  fliegen  Icel.  flj[=u]ga,  Sw  flyga  Dan.  flyve, 
  Goth.  us-flaugjan  to  cause  to  fly  away  blow  about  and  perh. 
  to  L.  pluma  feather,  E.  plume.  [root]84.  Cf  {Fledge}, 
  {Flight},  {Flock}  of  animals.] 
  1.  To  move  in  or  pass  thorugh  the  air  with  wings,  as  a  bird. 
 
  2.  To  move  through  the  air  or  before  the  wind;  esp.,  to  pass 
  or  be  driven  rapidly  through  the  air  by  any  impulse. 
 
  3.  To  float,  wave,  or  rise  in  the  air,  as  sparks  or  a  flag. 
 
  Man  is  born  unto  trouble,  as  the  sparks  fly  upward. 
  --Job  v.  7. 
 
  4.  To  move  or  pass  swiftly;  to  hasten  away  to  circulate 
  rapidly;  as  a  ship  flies  on  the  deep;  a  top  flies  around 
  rumor  flies. 
 
  Fly,  envious  Time,  till  thou  run  out  thy  race. 
  --Milton. 
 
  The  dark  waves  murmured  as  the  ships  flew  on 
  --Bryant. 
 
  5.  To  run  from  danger;  to  attempt  to  escape;  to  flee;  as  an 
  enemy  or  a  coward  flies.  See  Note  under  {Flee}. 
 
  Fly,  ere  evil  intercept  thy  flight.  --Milton. 
 
  Whither  shall  I  fly  to  escape  their  hands  ?  --Shak. 
 
  6.  To  move  suddenly,  or  with  violence;  to  do  an  act  suddenly 
  or  swiftly;  --  usually  with  a  qualifying  word  as  a  door 
  flies  open  a  bomb  flies  apart. 
 
  {To  fly  about}  (Naut.),  to  change  frequently  in  a  short  time; 
  --  said  of  the  wind. 
 
  {To  fly  around},  to  move  about  in  haste.  [Colloq.] 
 
  {To  fly  at},  to  spring  toward;  to  rush  on  to  attack 
  suddenly. 
 
  {To  fly  in  the  face  of},  to  insult;  to  assail;  to  set  at 
  defiance;  to  oppose  with  violence;  to  act  in  direct 
  opposition  to  to  resist. 
 
  {To  fly  off},  to  separate,  or  become  detached  suddenly;  to 
  revolt. 
 
  {To  fly  on},  to  attack. 
 
  {To  fly  open},  to  open  suddenly,  or  with  violence. 
 
  {To  fly  out}. 
  a  To  rush  out 
  b  To  burst  into  a  passion;  to  break  out  into  license. 
 
  {To  let  fly}. 
  a  To  throw  or  drive  with  violence;  to  discharge.  ``A  man 
  lets  fly  his  arrow  without  taking  any  aim.'' 
  --Addison. 
  b  (Naut.)  To  let  go  suddenly  and  entirely;  as  to  let 
  fly  the  sheets. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  flying 
  adj  1:  capable  of  or  engaged  in  flight;  "the  bat  is  a  flying 
  animal" 
  2:  moving  swiftly;  "fast-flying  planes";  "played  the  difficult 
  passage  with  flying  fingers"  [syn:  {fast-flying}] 
  3:  streaming  or  flapping  or  spreading  wide  as  if  in  a  current 
  of  air;  "ran  quickly,  her  flaring  coat  behind  her";  "a 
  fluttering  scarf";  "flying  banners";  "flags  waving  in  the 
  breeze"  [syn:  {aflare},  {flaring},  {fluttering},  {waving}] 
  4:  designed  for  swift  movement  or  action  "a  flying  police 
  squad  is  trained  for  quick  action  anywhere  in  the  city" 
  5:  of  or  relating  to  passage  through  the  air  especially 
  aviation;  "a  flying  time  of  three  hours  between  cities"; 
  "unidentified  flying  objects" 
  6:  hurried  and  brief;  "paid  a  flying  visit";  "took  a  flying 
  glance  at  the  book";  "a  quick  inspection";  "a  fast  visit" 
  [syn:  {quick},  {fast}] 
  7:  done  swiftly  in  or  as  if  in  the  air;  used  e.g.  of  a  racing 
  start  in  which  runners  are  already  in  motion  as  they  cross 
  the  starting  line  "a  flying  start";  "crossed  the  goal 
  line  with  a  flying  leap" 
  n  :  an  instance  of  traveling  by  air;  "flying  was  still  an 
  exciting  adventure  for  him"  [syn:  {flight}] 




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