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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fleetnoun

    group of aircraft operating together under the same ownership

  2. fleetnoun

    group of motor vehicles operating together under the same ownership

  3. fleetnoun

    a group of steamships operating together under the same ownership

  4. fleetadjective

    a group of warships organized as a tactical unit

  5. fleet, swiftverb

    moving very fast

    "fleet of foot"; "the fleet scurrying of squirrels"; "a swift current"; "swift flight of an arrow"; "a swift runner"

  6. flit, flutter, fleet, dartverb

    move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart

    "The hummingbird flitted among the branches"

  7. evanesce, fade, blow over, pass off, fleet, passverb

    disappear gradually

    "The pain eventually passed off"


  1. Fleetnoun

    The stream that ran where Fleet Street now runs.

  2. Fleetnoun

    A former prison in London, which originally stood near the stream.

  3. Etymology: From fleten, from fleotan

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fleet

    to sail; to float

  2. Fleet

    to fly swiftly; to pass over quickly; to hasten; to flit as a light substance

  3. Fleet

    to slip on the whelps or the barrel of a capstan or windlass; -- said of a cable or hawser

  4. Fleetverb

    to pass over rapidly; to skin the surface of; as, a ship that fleets the gulf

  5. Fleetverb

    to hasten over; to cause to pass away lighty, or in mirth and joy

  6. Fleetverb

    to draw apart the blocks of; -- said of a tackle

  7. Fleetverb

    to cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or windlass, as a rope or chain

  8. Fleetverb

    swift in motion; moving with velocity; light and quick in going from place to place; nimble

  9. Fleetverb

    light; superficially thin; not penetrating deep, as soil

  10. Fleetverb

    a number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also, the collective naval force of a country, etc

  11. Fleetverb

    a flood; a creek or inlet; a bay or estuary; a river; -- obsolete, except as a place name, -- as Fleet Street in London

  12. Fleetverb

    a former prison in London, which originally stood near a stream, the Fleet (now filled up)

  13. Fleetverb

    to take the cream from; to skim

  14. Etymology: [OE. fleten, fleoten, to swim, AS. fletan to swim, float; akin to D. vlieten to flow, OS. fliotan, OHG. fliozzan, G. fliessen, Icel. fljta to float, flow, Sw. flyta, D. flyde, L. pluere to rain, Gr. plei^n to sail, swim, float, Skr. plu to swim, sail. 84. Cf. Fleet, n. & a., Float, Pluvial, Flow.]


  1. Fleet

    Fleet is a town and civil parish in the Hart district of Hampshire, England, located 37 miles south west of London. It is part of and is the major town ofHart District. The 2007 population forecast for Fleet was 31,687. Fleet contains the areas of Church Crookham and Elvetham Heath. In 2011, and again in 2012, Hart district, of which Fleet is the main town, was voted the best place to live in the UK by the Halifax Quality of Life study, above areas such as Elmbridge in Surrey and Wokingham in Berkshire.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fleet

    flēt, n. a number of ships in company, esp. ships of war: a division of the navy, commanded by an admiral. [A.S. fléot, a ship—fléotan, to float; conn. with Dut. vloot, Ger. flotte.]

  2. Fleet

    flēt, adj. swift: nimble: transient: (prov.) shallow.—adjs. Fleet′-foot (Shak.), fleet or swift of foot; Fleet′ing, passing quickly: temporary.—advs. Fleet′ingly; Fleet′ly.—n. Fleet′ness. [Prob. Ice. fliótr, swift; but ult. cog. with succeeding word.]

  3. Fleet

    flēt, v.i. to flit, pass swiftly.—v.t. (Shak.) to make to pass quickly:—pr.p. fleet′ing; pa.p. fleet′ed. [A.S. fléotan, to float.]

  4. Fleet

    flēt, n. a shallow creek or bay, as in Northfleet, Fleet-ditch, &c.—The Fleet, or Fleet Prison, a London gaol down to 1842, long a place of confinement for debtors—clandestine marriages were solemnised here down to 1754 by broken-down clergymen confined for debt. [A.S. fléot, an inlet.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. fleet

    An organization of ships, aircraft, Marine forces, and shore-based fleet activities all under the command of a commander or commander in chief who may exercise operational as well as administrative control. See also major fleet; numbered fleet.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. fleet


  2. fleet

    A general name given to the royal navy. Also, any number of ships, whether designed for war or commerce, keeping in company. A fleet of ships of war is usually divided into three squadrons, and these, if numerous, are again separated into subdivisions. The admiral commands the centre, the second in command superintends the vanguard, and the third directs the rear. The term in the navy was any number exceeding a squadron, or rear-admiral's command, composed of five sail-of-the-line, with any amount of smaller vessels.

  3. fleet

    [Teut. flieffen]. The old word for float: as "we fleeted down the river with our boats;" and Shakspeare makes Antony say, "Our sever'd navy too Have knit again, and fleet, threat'ning most sea-like." Fleet is also an old term for an arm of the sea, or running water subject to the tide. Also, a bay where vessels can remain afloat. (See float.) A salt-water tide-creek.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fleet' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4625

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fleet' in Nouns Frequency: #1768

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fleet in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fleet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of fleet in a Sentence

  1. John McHugh:

    With our own aircraft fleet we’re taking some pretty dramatic steps to reconfigure and become more affordable, and the A-10 mission is not something we considered. That’s an Air Force mission as it should be and I’m sure the Air Force feels the same way.

  2. Del Toro:

    There is an ongoing investigation that is led by US Pacific Fleet into the cause of the incident, once that investigation is complete, we will review those findings and adjust our operating procedures, as necessary.

  3. Grazia Vittadini:

    Every 15 years, the worldwide fleet doubles — that is a fantastic business case, the problem : twice as many emissions, twice as much noise, twice as much carbon fuel consumption... this is just not sustainable.

  4. Mike Campisi:

    We came to the realization that we can do AAW(anti-air warfare) with baseline 5. That opened up a world of potential for concept of operations for the Navy –for fleet defense and area defense strategies.

  5. Bruno Margolle:

    In the five years we have ahead of us, we will have to get out of our comfort zone, because the fleet as it is will not survive the five years. That’s clear.

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    applied to a fish depicted horizontally
    • A. naiant
    • B. commensal
    • C. valetudinarian
    • D. jejune

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