What does flying mean?

Definitions for flying
ˈflaɪ ɪŋfly·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flight, flyingadjective

    an instance of traveling by air

    "flying was still an exciting adventure for him"

  2. fast-flying, flyingadjective

    moving swiftly

    "fast-flying planes"; "played the difficult passage with flying fingers"

  3. flying, quick, fastadjective

    hurried and brief

    "paid a flying visit"; "took a flying glance at the book"; "a quick inspection"; "a fast visit"


  1. flyingadjective

    That which can fly.

    flying fox

  2. flyingadjective

    Brief or hurried.

    flying visit

  3. flyingadjective

    Not secured by yards.


  1. Flying

    Flying is the fifth single by the Liverpool britpop band Cast, fronted by ex La's bassist John Power.


  1. flying

    Flying refers to the act or ability of an object, organism, or person to move through the air without any physical contact with the ground or other surfaces. It generally involves the utilization of wings, propulsion, or other mechanisms to achieve and maintain aerial movement and gravitational balance. Flying is commonly associated with birds, insects, and aircraft, as they demonstrate the ability to navigate through the atmosphere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flying

    of Fly

  2. Flyingverb

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

  3. Etymology: [From Fly, v. i.]


  1. Flying

    "Flying" is an instrumental by the Beatles which first appeared on the 1967 Magical Mystery Tour release. It is one of the very few songs written by all four of the Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. flying

    During the civil war (1861-65) in the United States a signal corps was organized, whose duties extended to the management of field telegraphs, and light lines, when the formation of the country was such that aerial signals could not be used, or it was for any reason desirable that short electric lines be extended. It has been demonstrated that electric instruments may be of the most simple construction; and electric lines can be set up, and be utilized in places where a few years ago it was deemed impracticable to employ them; and can be worked without other skilled labor than that of the soldiers attached to the posts, and with no apparatus but such as can be had at a trivial expense. There is no reason why, with properly drilled parties, electric lines may not be thrown out in the moments which precede, or even during the progress of, a battle, and be so worked as to lessen infinitely that difficulty of rapid communication which has so often caused disaster. With a corps well organized and well equipped, the connection between the corps of an army, and between the corps headquarters and general headquarters, ought to be perfected in a very few hours after the halt of the army. The field lines of the Signal Corps consist of rolls of wire carried in light-wheeled vehicles, and light “lance poles,” us they are called, on which the wire is stretched when necessary. The wire made for the purpose is of small strands of iron and copper twisted, to give it strength and flexibility. It is insulated with prepared india-rubber, or other material, and wound on reels which, in an emergency, can be carried anywhere by hand, while the wire reeling out can be raised upon fences, fastened to trees, or laid along the ground. The instruments used at first were of a kind known as the Beardslee instrument. These instruments are worked without batteries, the electric current being generated by revolving magnets. They were “indicating,” an index upon a dial pointing, at the receiving station, to whatever letter was designated by the index handle upon a similar dial at the sending station. There were as advantages attaching to this instrument, that it was portable and compact, could be set at work anywhere, required no batteries, acids, or fluids; and what was thought of importance in the early days of the civil war, and while the corps was a temporary organization, it could be worked by soldiers without skill as operators. The defects were, that messages could not be sent as rapidly or as far as by some other instruments. Nor could several instruments work easily upon a single circuit. For some uses on the field of battle, or under fire, where the attention of the reader is disturbed, it is, perhaps, as good an instrument as has been devised. With a permanent corps, or at secure stations, it gives place to some of the forms of signal or of sound instruments. The instruments upon field lines may be of very simple structure. The signal instruments, either the needle or the letter instruments, can be used in actual conflict, if the reports of heavy guns or other disturbances of action render reading by sound unreliable. The manufacture of both instruments and batteries has been improved, until there is now no trouble in carrying either in the field in the roughest campaigns. The difficulty in reading from telegraphic instruments by sound, which has been the greatest obstacle to their use, can be almost done away with by using them with codes of easy signals. In the Prussian army, also, the electric telegraph is applied for field purposes. Morse’s system is used. Each headquarters of an army and each army corps, has a telegraphic division of 3 officers, 137 men, 73 horses, and 10 wagons. Two of the latter are fitted up as operating-rooms, and the other 8 are used for carrying poles and other material, including 5 miles of wire to each wagon, which can be reeled off by the moving of the vehicle. Of the whole 40 miles, 5 are insulated, and can be run along the ground. It will be seen that each army corps can put out 40 miles of line without recourse to other wires, but use is always made of lines found in the country, in case they will answer. Single poles of light material are used, without joints, and about 10 feet long, and only every third pole is put in the ground. The personnel is brought into the army from the civil telegraphic service at home. While in the field, the operators assume military rank, and, like agents of the Post-office Department, are known as “military officials,” not as “military officers.” The men are on a footing with train-soldiers. The operating-wagons are a little larger than the Rucker ambulances of the U. S. service, but much heavier. Just in the rear of the driver is a partition shutting off the rear portion of the carriage. At his back, and under his seat, is a capacious box, in which are carried tools, and the material necessary in telegraphing. On one side of the rear closed portion is a neat table

Editors Contribution

  1. flyingverb

    Verb form of the word fly.

    They loved flying during the day or night as they loved the atmosphere & experience.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 9, 2020  

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  1. flying

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flying' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4274

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flying' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3403

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flying' in Adjectives Frequency: #645

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flying in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flying in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of flying in a Sentence

  1. Joerg Weigl:

    Because flying is now a community. People can now fly with a jetliner, but the feeling of flying got lost on the way. So 'Snowstorm' is our multi-copter where you can get the feeling of flying back, the feeling of flying to anybody who wants to fly.

  2. Hiram Stevens Maxim:

    But I do not think the flying machine will ever be used for ordinary traffic and for what may be called "popular" purposes. People who write about the conditions under which the business and pleasure of the world will be carried on in another hundred years generally make flying machines take the place of railways and steamers, but that such will ever be the case I very much doubt.

  3. French Proverb:

    There is no flying without wings.

  4. Ronald Reagan:

    Die-hard conservatives thought that if I couldn't get everything I asked for, I should jump off the cliff with the flag flying-go down in flames. No, if I can get 70 or 80 percent of what it is I'm trying to get ... I'll take that and then continue to try to get the rest in the future.

  5. Robert Herrick:

    Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Times is still a-flying And this same flower that smiles today, Tomorrow will be dying.

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    a long narrow excavation in the earth
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