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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

flyflaɪ(v.)flew; flied, flown, fly•ing

  1. (v.i.)to move through the air using wings.

  2. to be carried through the air or through space by any force or agency.

  3. to float or flutter in the air:

    flags flying in the breeze.

  4. to travel in an aircraft or spacecraft.

    Category: Aeronautics

  5. to operate an aircraft or spacecraft.

    Category: Aeronautics

  6. to move suddenly and quickly; start unexpectedly:

    He flew out of the room.

  7. to change rapidly and unexpectedly from one state or position to another:

    to fly into a rage; The door flew open.

  8. to flee; escape.

  9. to move or pass swiftly:

    How time flies!

  10. to move with an aggressive surge.

  11. to bat a fly ball in baseball.

    Category: Sport

  12. Informal. to be acceptable, believable, feasible, or successful:

    It seemed like a good idea, but it just wouldn't fly.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  13. (v.t.)to make (something) float or move through the air:

    to fly a kite.

  14. to operate (an aircraft or spacecraft).

    Category: Aeronautics, Aerospace

  15. to hoist aloft, as for display or signaling:

    to fly a flag.

  16. to operate an aircraft or spacecraft over:

    to fly the Pacific.

    Category: Aeronautics, Aerospace

  17. to transport or convey by air.

    Category: Aeronautics

  18. to escape from; flee.

  19. to hang (scenery) above a stage by means of rigging. to raise (scenery) from the stage into the flies.

    Category: Showbiz

  20. fly at, to attack suddenly; lash out at.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  21. fly out, to make an out in baseball by hitting a fly ball that is caught by a player of the opposing team.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Sport

  22. (n.)a strip of material sewn along one edge of a garment opening to conceal a zipper, buttons, or other fasteners.

    Category: Clothing

  23. a flap forming the door of a tent.

  24. a piece of fabric extending over the ridgepole of a tent and forming an outer roof.

  25. an act of flying; flight.

  26. the course of a flying object, as a ball.

  27. Category: Sport

    Ref: fly ball.

  28. a regulating device for chime and striking mechanisms, consisting of an arrangement of vanes on a revolving axis.

    Category: Horology

  29. the horizontal dimension of a flag as flown from a vertical staff. the end of the flag farther from the staff.

    Ref: Compare hoist (def. 6). 8

  30. flies.

    Category: Showbiz

    Ref: Also called fly loft.

Idioms for fly:

  1. fly high,to be full of hope or elation.

    Category: Idiom

  2. fly in the face or teeth of,to act in brazen defiance of:

    to fly in the face of tradition.

    Category: Idiom

  3. fly off the handle,Informal. to become very angry, esp. without warning.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

  4. let fly, to hurl or propel (an object). to give free rein to one's anger.

    Category: Idiom

  5. on the fly, during flight; while in the air. hurriedly; without pausing.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of fly:

bef. 900; ME; OE flēogan



  1. any of numerous two-winged insects of the order Diptera, esp. of the family Muscidae, as the common housefly.

    Category: Entomology

  2. any of various winged insects, as the mayfly or firefly.

    Category: Entomology

  3. a fishhook dressed with feathers, silk, tinsel, etc., so as to resemble an insect or small fish, for use as a lure or bait.

    Category: Sport

Idioms for fly:

  1. fly in the ointment,something that spoils an otherwise pleasant thing; detriment.

    Category: Idiom

  2. fly on the wall,an invisible bystander, secretly watching and listening.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of fly:

bef. 950; ME flīe, OE flēoge, flȳge



  1. Brit.clever.

    Category: British, Informal

  2. stylish; fine.

    Category: Informal, Status (usage)

* Slang..

Origin of fly:

of uncert. orig.


  1. a river in New Guinea, flowing SE from the central part to the Gulf of Papua, ab. 800 mi. (1290 km) long.

    Category: Geography (places)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fly(noun)

    two-winged insects characterized by active flight

  2. tent-fly, rainfly, fly sheet, fly, tent flap(noun)

    flap consisting of a piece of canvas that can be drawn back to provide entrance to a tent

  3. fly, fly front(noun)

    an opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or by buttons concealed under a fold of cloth

  4. fly, fly ball(noun)

    (baseball) a hit that flies up in the air

  5. fly(adj)

    fisherman's lure consisting of a fishhook decorated to look like an insect

  6. fly(verb)

    (British informal) not to be deceived or hoodwinked

  7. fly, wing(verb)

    travel through the air; be airborne

    "Man cannot fly"

  8. fly(verb)

    move quickly or suddenly

    "He flew about the place"

  9. fly, aviate, pilot(verb)

    operate an airplane

    "The pilot flew to Cuba"

  10. fly(verb)

    transport by aeroplane

    "We fly flowers from the Caribbean to North America"

  11. fly(verb)

    cause to fly or float

    "fly a kite"

  12. fly(verb)

    be dispersed or disseminated

    "Rumors and accusations are flying"

  13. fly(verb)

    change quickly from one emotional state to another

    "fly into a rage"

  14. fly, fell, vanish(verb)

    pass away rapidly

    "Time flies like an arrow"; "Time fleeing beneath him"

  15. fly(verb)

    travel in an airplane

    "she is flying to Cincinnati tonight"; "Are we driving or flying?"

  16. fly(verb)

    display in the air or cause to float

    "fly a kite"; "All nations fly their flags in front of the U.N."

  17. flee, fly, take flight(verb)

    run away quickly

    "He threw down his gun and fled"

  18. fly(verb)

    travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft

    "Lindbergh was the first to fly the Atlantic"

  19. fly(verb)

    hit a fly

  20. vanish, fly, vaporize(verb)

    decrease rapidly and disappear

    "the money vanished in las Vegas"; "all my stock assets have vaporized"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. fly(verb)ɪ

    to move through the air using wings

    birds flying through the trees

  2. flyɪ

    to travel by airplane

    "How did you get there?" "I flew."; to fly to Rome/Tokyo/Sydney

  3. flyɪ

    to transport by airplane

    They flew us to Hawaii for free.

  4. flyɪ

    to control an aircraft

    He flies helicopters.; I'd love to learn to fly.

  5. flyɪ

    to move quickly through the air

    Debris was flying everywhere.; The ball came flying through the window.

  6. flyɪ

    to move somewhere quickly

    She flew out of the room in a rage.

  7. flyɪ

    (of time) to pass quickly

    The week has just flown.

  8. flyɪ

    to raise or be raised to the top of a flagpole

    a ship flying the Brazilian flag; flags flying on Independence Day

  9. flyɪ

    to fall dramatically

    I tripped and went flying.

  10. fly(noun)ɪ

    a small flying insect

    flies buzzing around the kitchen

  11. flyɪ

    the front opening of a pair of pants

    Zip your fly.


  1. fly(Noun)

    Any insect of the order Diptera; characterized by having two wings, also called true flies.

  2. fly(Noun)

    Especially, any of the insects of the family Muscidae, such as the common housefly (other families of Diptera include mosquitoes and midges).

  3. fly

    Any similar, but unrelated insect such as dragonfly or butterfly.

  4. fly

    A lightweight fishing lure resembling an insect.

  5. fly

    A chest exercise performed by moving extended arms from the sides to in front of the chest. (also flye)

  6. fly(Noun)

    The action of flying; flight.

  7. fly(Noun)

    An act of flying.

    We had a quick half-hour fly back into the city.

  8. fly

    A fly ball.

  9. fly

    A type of small, fast carriage.

  10. fly

    A piece of canvas that covers the opening at the front of a tent.

  11. fly

    A strip of material hiding the zipper, buttons etc. at the front of a pair of trousers, pants, or underpants.

  12. fly

    The free edge of a flag.

  13. fly

    The horizontal length of a flag.

  14. fly

    butterfly a form of swimming

  15. fly(Verb)

    To hit a fly ball; to hit a fly ball that is caught for an out. Compare ground (verb) and line (verb).

    Jones flied to right in his last at-bat.

  16. fly(Verb)

    To travel through the air, another gas or a vacuum, without being in contact with a grounded surface.

    Jones flied to right in his last at-bat.

  17. fly(Verb)

    To flee, to escape.

    Fly, my lord! The enemy are upon us!

  18. fly

    To cause to fly : to transport via air or the like.

  19. fly

    To be accepted, come about or work out.

  20. fly

    To travel very fast.

  21. fly

    Exercises that evolve wide opening and closing of the arms perpendicular to the shoulders

  22. fly(Adjective)

    Quick-witted, alert, mentally sharp, smart (in a mental sense).

    be assured, O man of sinu2014pilferer of small wares and petty larceneru2014that there is an eye within keenly glancing from some loophole contrived between accordions and tin breastplates that watches your every movement, and is " fly,"u2014 to use a term peculiarly comprehensible to dishonest mindsu2014to the slightest gesture of illegal conveyancing. (Charles Dickens, "Arcadia"; Household Words Vol.7 p.381)

  23. fly(Adjective)

    Well dressed, smart in appearance.

    He's pretty fly for a white guy.

  24. fly

    Beautiful; displaying physical beauty.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fly(verb)

    to move in or pass thorugh the air with wings, as a bird

  2. Fly(verb)

    to move through the air or before the wind; esp., to pass or be driven rapidly through the air by any impulse

  3. Fly(verb)

    to float, wave, or rise in the air, as sparks or a flag

  4. Fly(verb)

    to move or pass swiftly; to hasten away; to circulate rapidly; as, a ship flies on the deep; a top flies around; rumor flies

  5. Fly(verb)

    to run from danger; to attempt to escape; to flee; as, an enemy or a coward flies. See Note under Flee

  6. Fly(verb)

    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

  7. Fly(verb)

    to cause to fly or to float in the air, as a bird, a kite, a flag, etc

  8. Fly(verb)

    to fly or flee from; to shun; to avoid

  9. Fly(verb)

    to hunt with a hawk

  10. Fly(verb)

    any winged insect; esp., one with transparent wings; as, the Spanish fly; firefly; gall fly; dragon fly

  11. Fly(verb)

    any dipterous insect; as, the house fly; flesh fly; black fly. See Diptera, and Illust. in Append

  12. Fly(verb)

    a hook dressed in imitation of a fly, -- used for fishing

  13. Fly(verb)

    a familiar spirit; a witch's attendant

  14. Fly(verb)

    a parasite

  15. Fly(verb)

    a kind of light carriage for rapid transit, plying for hire and usually drawn by one horse

  16. Fly(verb)

    the length of an extended flag from its staff; sometimes, the length from the "union" to the extreme end

  17. Fly(verb)

    the part of a vane pointing the direction from which the wind blows

  18. Fly(verb)

    that part of a compass on which the points are marked; the compass card

  19. Fly(verb)

    two or more vanes set on a revolving axis, to act as a fanner, or to equalize or impede the motion of machinery by the resistance of the air, as in the striking part of a clock

  20. Fly(verb)

    a heavy wheel, or cross arms with weights at the ends on a revolving axis, to regulate or equalize the motion of machinery by means of its inertia, where the power communicated, or the resistance to be overcome, is variable, as in the steam engine or the coining press. See Fly wheel (below)

  21. Fly(verb)

    the piece hinged to the needle, which holds the engaged loop in position while the needle is penetrating another loop; a latch

  22. Fly(verb)

    the pair of arms revolving around the bobbin, in a spinning wheel or spinning frame, to twist the yarn

  23. Fly(verb)

    a shuttle driven through the shed by a blow or jerk

  24. Fly(verb)

    formerly, the person who took the printed sheets from the press

  25. Fly(verb)

    a vibrating frame with fingers, attached to a power to a power printing press for doing the same work

  26. Fly(verb)

    the outer canvas of a tent with double top, usually drawn over the ridgepole, but so extended as to touch the roof of the tent at no other place

  27. Fly(verb)

    one of the upper screens of a stage in a theater

  28. Fly(verb)

    the fore flap of a bootee; also, a lap on trousers, overcoats, etc., to conceal a row of buttons

  29. Fly(verb)

    a batted ball that flies to a considerable distance, usually high in the air; also, the flight of a ball so struck; as, it was caught on the fly

  30. Fly(adj)

    knowing; wide awake; fully understanding another's meaning


  1. Fly

    True flies are insects of the order Diptera. Their most obvious distinction from other orders of insects is that a typical fly possesses a pair of flight wings on the mesothorax and a pair of halteres, derived from the hind wings, on the metathorax.. The only other order of insects bearing two true, functional wings plus any form of halteres are the Strepsiptera, and in contrast to the flies, the Strepsiptera bear their halteres on the mesothorax and their flight wings on the metathorax.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. fly

    A sententious, epigrammatic stylist who puts a period after each utterance.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. FLY

    A familiar summer boarder who mingles with the cream of society, gets stuck on the butter and leaves his specs behind.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FLY' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3416

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FLY' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3402

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FLY' in Nouns Frequency: #2159

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FLY' in Verbs Frequency: #249

Translations for FLY

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a type of small winged insect.

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