What does Flight mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flightnoun

    a formation of aircraft in flight

  2. flight, flyingnoun

    an instance of traveling by air

    "flying was still an exciting adventure for him"

  3. flight, flight of stairs, flight of stepsnoun

    a stairway (set of steps) between one floor or landing and the next

  4. escape, flightnoun

    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"

  5. flightnoun

    an air force unit smaller than a squadron

  6. flightnoun

    passing above and beyond ordinary bounds

    "a flight of fancy"; "flights of rhetoric"; "flights of imagination"

  7. trajectory, flightnoun

    the path followed by an object moving through space

  8. flightnoun

    a flock of flying birds

  9. flightverb

    a scheduled trip by plane between designated airports

    "I took the noon flight to Chicago"

  10. flightverb

    shoot a bird in flight

  11. flightverb

    fly in a flock

    "flighting wild geese"

  12. fledge, flightverb

    decorate with feathers

    "fledge an arrow"


  1. Flightnoun

    a trip made by or in a flying vehicle, as an airplane, spacecraft, or aeronautical balloon.

  2. Flightnoun

    A scheduled flight on a commercial airline; as, the next flight leaves at 8 o'clock.


  1. flightnoun

    The act of flying.

    Birds are capable of flight

  2. flightnoun

    An instance of flying.

    The migrating birds' flight took them to Africa.

  3. flightnoun

    A collective term for doves or swallows.

  4. flightnoun

    A journey made by an aircraft, eg a balloon, plane or space shuttle, particularly one between two airports, which needs to be reserved in advance.

  5. flightnoun

    The act of fleeing. (Flight is the noun which corresponds to the verb flee.)

    take flight

  6. flightnoun

    A set of stairs or an escalator. A series of stairs between landings.

  7. flightnoun

    A floor which is reached by stairs or escalators.

    How many flights is it up?

  8. flightnoun

    A feather on an arrow or dart used to help it follow an even path.

  9. flightnoun

    A paper plane.

  10. flightnoun

    The movement of a spinning ball through the air - concerns its speed, trajectory and drift.

  11. flightnoun

    The ballistic trajectory of an arrow or other projectile.

  12. flightnoun

    An aerodynamic surface designed to guide such a projectile's trajectory.

  13. flightnoun

    Act of fleeing of a refugee or a fugitive.

  14. flightnoun

    An air force unit.

  15. flightnoun

    Several sample glasses of a specific wine varietal or other beverage. The pours are smaller than a full glass and the flight will generally include three to five different samples.

  16. flightnoun

    The shaped material forming the thread of a screw.

  17. flightadjective

    Fast, swift.

  18. Etymology: From flyht.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Flightnoun

    Etymology: from To fly.

    And now, too late, he wishes for the fight,
    That strength he wasted in ignoble flight. John Denham.

    He thinks by flight his mistress must be won,
    And claims the prize because he best did run. John Dryden, Ind. Em.

    As eager of the chace, the maid
    Beyond the forest’s verdant limits stray’d;
    Pan saw and lov’d, and, burning with desire,
    Pursu’d her flight; her flight increas’d his fire. Alexander Pope.

    The fury sprang above the Stygian flood;
    And on her wicker wings, sublime through night,
    She to the Latian palace took her flight. John Dryden, Æn.

    For he so swift and nimble was of flight,
    That from this lower tract he dar’d to fly
    Up to the clouds, and thence with pinions light
    To mount aloft unto the crystal sky. Edmund Spenser, Muiopotmos.

    Winds that tempests brew,
    When through Arabian groves they take their flight,
    Made wanton with rich odours, lose their spite. Dryden.

    Ere the bat hath flown
    His cloyster’d flight. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The fowls shall take their flight away together. 2 Esd. v. 6.

    Fowls, by Winter forc’d, forsake the floods,
    And wing their hasty flight to happier lands. John Dryden, Æn.

    Flights of angels wing thee to thy rest. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    They take great pride in the feathers of birds; and this they took from their ancestors of the mountains, who were invited unto it by the infinite flights of birds that came up to the high grounds. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    I can at will, doubt not,
    Command a table in this wilderness;
    And call swift flights of angels ministrant,
    Array’d in glory, on my cup t’ attend. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    At the first flight of arrows sent,
    Full threescore Scots they slew. Chevy Chase.

    Above an hundred arrows discharged on my left hand, pricked me like so many needles; and besides they shot another flight into the air, as we do bombs. Gulliver’s Travels.

    Old Pindar’s flights by him are reacht,
    When on that gale his wings are stretcht. John Denham.

    He shewed all the stretch of fancy at once; and if he has failed in some of his flights, it was but because he attempted every thing. Alexander Pope, Iliad. Preface to the.

    Strange graces still, and stranger flights she had;
    Was just not ugly, and was just not mad. Alexander Pope, Epistle ii.

    Trust me, dear! good humour can prevail,
    When airs and flights, and screams and scolding fail. Alexander Pope.

    If there were any certain height where the flights of ambition end, one might imagine that the interest of France were but to conserve its present greatness. William Temple.

    It is not only the utmost pitch of impiety, but the highest flight of folly, to deride these things. John Tillotson, Sermon 2.

    In my school-days, when I had lost one shaft,
    I shot his fellow of the self-same flight
    The self-same way. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.


  1. Flight

    Flight or flying is the process by which an object moves through a space without contacting any planetary surface, either within an atmosphere (i.e. air flight or aviation) or through the vacuum of outer space (i.e. spaceflight). This can be achieved by generating aerodynamic lift associated with gliding or propulsive thrust, aerostatically using buoyancy, or by ballistic movement. Many things can fly, from animal aviators such as birds, bats and insects, to natural gliders/parachuters such as patagial animals, anemochorous seeds and ballistospores, to human inventions like aircraft (airplanes, helicopters, airships, balloons, etc.) and rockets which may propel spacecraft and spaceplanes. The engineering aspects of flight are the purview of aerospace engineering which is subdivided into aeronautics, the study of vehicles that travel through the atmosphere, and astronautics, the study of vehicles that travel through space, and ballistics, the study of the flight of projectiles.


  1. flight

    Flight is the process or act of flying through the air by moving wings or using the force of propulsion. It refers to the movement of objects, often living beings, through the air, space or any other type of atmosphere. It can also refer to a planned or scheduled journey made by an aircraft, birds, or insects. Flight may also refer to the steps of stairs between two floors.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flightnoun

    the act or flying; a passing through the air by the help of wings; volitation; mode or style of flying

  2. Flightnoun

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

  3. Flightnoun

    lofty elevation and excursion;a mounting; a soa/ing; as, a flight of imagination, ambition, folly

  4. Flightnoun

    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

  5. Flightnoun

    a series of steps or stairs from one landing to another

  6. Flightnoun

    a kind of arrow for the longbow; also, the sport of shooting with it. See Shaft

  7. Flightnoun

    the husk or glume of oats

  8. Etymology: [AS. fliht, flyht, a flying, fr. flegan to fly; cf. flyht a fleeing, fr. flen to flee, G. flucht a fleeing, Sw. flykt, G. flug a flying, Sw. flygt, D. vlugt a fleeing or flying, Dan. flugt. 84. See Flee, Fly.]


  1. Flight

    Flight is the process by which an object moves, through an atmosphere or beyond it, by generating aerodynamic lift, propulsive thrust, aerostatically using buoyancy, or by ballistic movement, without direct support from any surface. Many things fly, from natural aviators such as birds, bats and insects to human inventions such as missiles, aircraft such as airplanes, helicopters and balloons, to rockets such as spacecraft. The engineering aspects of flight are studied in aerospace engineering which is subdivided into aeronautics, the study of vehicles that travel through the air, and astronautics, the study of vehicles that travel through space, and in ballistics, the study of the flight of projectiles.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flight

    flīt, n. a passing through the air: a soaring: excursion: a sally: a series of steps: a flock of birds flying together: the birds produced in the same season: a volley or shower: act of fleeing: hasty removal.—adj. Flight′ed (Milt.), flying.—adv. Flight′ily.—n. Flight′iness.—adj. Flight′y, fanciful: changeable: giddy. [A.S. flyhtfléogan.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. flight

    1. In Navy and Marine Corps usage, a specified group of aircraft usually engaged in a common mission. 2. The basic tactical unit in the Air Force, consisting of four or more aircraft in two or more elements. 3. A single aircraft airborne on a nonoperational mission.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. flight

    A Dutch vessel or passage-boat on canals. In ship-building, a sudden rising, or a greater curve than sheer, at the cheeks, cat-heads, &c.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. flight

    Is used figuratively for the swift retreat of an army or any party from a victorious enemy. It is likewise applicable to missile weapons or shot; as, a flight of arrows, a flight of bombs, etc.

Editors Contribution

  1. flight

    The act and process of to fly.

    The flight time was accurate and they arrived before the expected time.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Flight is ranked #50659 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Flight surname appeared 412 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Flight.

    85.1% or 351 total occurrences were White.
    10.4% or 43 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 11 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Flight' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1972

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Flight' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4052

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Flight' in Nouns Frequency: #735

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Flight in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Flight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Flight in a Sentence

  1. Actor Liam Hemsworth:

    6. The smelly kid Some parents feel the need to use the entire plane as a diaper. Gross, but true : A child reportedly pooping on a plane seat on a Delta flight last year( the parents covered the seat with newspapers — how thoughtful). And it’s not unusual for babies to drop a( stink) bomb or two during the flight. ( If this emotional support pig can get kicked off a plane for crapping in the aisle, should little humans, too ?) 7. The chatty kid Chatty Cathy is generally one of the most annoying passengers on a flight but what if Cathy is six years old ? While adorable and curious, she’s probably the last person you want conversation with, because of course she continues to ask the same question in different ways. Or maybe she’s having a loud conversation with her doll. In fact, several years ago, a kid actually got kicked off a plane for being too chatty. According to the Associated Press, Kate Penland’s then 19-month-old son, Garren, started saying ‘ Bye, bye plane, ’ before takeoff — and would n’t stop. When the other passengers started complaining, Kate Penland got mad and eventually Kate Penland and Kate Penland son were asked to leave. That seems a little extreme. Maybe just give the kid a pack of pretzels( peanuts are too risky) and offer him a window seat. 8. The ultimate nightmare kid It’s fair to say no one wants to sit next to a kid who kicks your seat, complains, talks up a storm and manages to poop themselves all on one flight. But as they say in airline business, the sky’s the limit. Passengers who survive the ultimate nightmare child passenger deserve a medal. Actor Liam Hemsworth recently admitted on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that Actor Liam Hemsworth own three kids were those kids on a recent flight from London to Australia( a 30-hour trip). The Ellen DeGeneres Show was kind of like the trip from hell, they were all sick and literally took turns to scream. One would kinda do it and then look over and be like, ‘ I ’m done, you want a turn ? ’ ' Yep, Wahhhh ! ’ The whole cabin, yeah, wanted to kick us off … I don’t know what people expect though — you’re gon na put them in the suitcase or something ?

  2. George Hobica:

    Airline staff have been given a lot more power and have become policemen in the skies since 9-11, i think many are abusing that authority. Most of your rights and company policies—including when you are entitled to compensation for your inconvenience— are spelled out in the conditions of carriage which can be found on an airline’s website. The lengthy terms are filled with jargon and legalese, though they’re still worth eyeballing to understand the basics. Here are key reasons why an airline can bump you or otherwise make travel difficult for you: 1. The airline priced tickets for this flight too low.If a carrier realizes through its electronic reservation system that a non-stop flight fills too fast, that could indicate the ticket fares are too cheap. In such a case, your flight could be switched from a non-stop to a connecting flight. 2. The air marshal needs your seat. Because air marshals protect the public, they are sometimes seated in first class without prior warning. If one of them shows up and needs your seat, you can be bumped, reassigned to another seat, or put on the next available flight. And you won’t even get an explanation; the government doesn’t want you to blab that there’s an air marshal on board. 3. The carrier abandons the route. Consolidation within the industry has prompted some airlines to cut back on the number of available flights. Some, such as Allegiant Air and Frontier, have also abandoned routes that are no longer profitable. An airline should be required to put you on another carrier for the price you paid, says Hobica. But that’s not the case.

  3. Made:

    Ricky Excuse me Honey, umm, where the drinks are concerned, is that a hidden tax Does that fall under complementary up front service as well or is that something you pay for Flight Attendent Oh no, no, they're complementary. Would you care for another one Ricky They're complementary Flight Attendent Yes. Ricky You bet your ass I would.

  4. Airplane:

    Elaine Dickinson There's no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane

  5. John Milton:

    But wherefore thou alone Wherefore with theeCame not all hell broke loose Is pain to themLess pain, less to be fled, or thou than theyLess hardy to endure Courageous chief,The first in flight from pain, hadst thou allegedTo thy deserted host this cause of flight,Thou surely hadst not come sole fugitive.

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    boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
    • A. defiant
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    • C. tacky
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