Definition of Flying

1. Noun. An instance of traveling by air. "Flying was still an exciting adventure for him"

2. Adjective. Moving swiftly. "Played the difficult passage with flying fingers"
Exact synonyms: Fast-flying
Similar to: Moving

3. Adjective. Hurried and brief. "A fast visit"
Exact synonyms: Fast, Quick
Similar to: Hurried
Derivative terms: Fastness, Quickness

Definition of Flying

1. a. Moving in the air with, or as with, wings; moving lightly or rapidly; intended for rapid movement.

Definition of Flying

1. Adjective. That which can fly. ¹

2. Adjective. Brief or hurried. ¹

3. Adjective. (nautical of a sail) Not secured by yards. ¹

4. Verb. (present participle of fly) ¹

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Definition of Flying

1. the operation of an aircraft [n -S]

Medical Definition of Flying

1. Moving in the air with, or as with, wings; moving lightly or rapidly; intended for rapid movement. Flying army, a torch attached to a long staff and used for signaling at night. Origin: From Fly. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Flying

flying (current term)
flying ace
flying bird
flying bishop
flying blister
flying boat
flying bomb
flying brick
flying bricks
flying bridge
flying carpet
flying cat
flying circus

Literary usage of Flying

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1880)
"DO flying FISH FLY? BY CO WHITMAN. OF all the modes of animal locomotion, none has excited more general attention than that of flying creatures; ..."

2. Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition: During the Years 1838 by Charles Wilkes (1852)
"Departure of Peacock and flying-Fish—Gale—Separation—Defective Outfits of Peacock—Accident to William Stewart—His Death—First Iceberg—Gale — Situation of ..."

3. The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind by Herbert George Wells (1920)
"They are often described as flying reptiles, and pictures are drawn of Mesozoic scenery in which they are seen soaring and swooping about. ..."

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