What does flying mean?

Definitions for flying
ˈflaɪ ɪŋfly·ing

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word flying.

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.

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

    Song lyrics by flying -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by flying on the Lyrics.com website.

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. Robin Murphy:

    They don't know what to look for. They don't know how to get the data, you've got a lot of high-resolution imagery of people's property and stuff that you're flying over.

  2. John Barnett:

    As a quality manager at Boeing, you're the last line of defense before a defect makes it out to the flying public, and I haven't seen a plane out of North Charleston yet that I'd put my name on saying it's safe and airworthy.

  3. Granger Smith:

    If you could live those days barefoot, red hair flying back on your tractor full speed ahead, if you could do that with your family around you, with no real care in the world, that's a good way to live.

  4. Kevin Stephens:

    Because the UAV was unarmed and posed no risk to the carrier's flight operations (since it wasn't flying at the time), we determined that ... the Iranian UAV's actions posed no danger to the ship, it was however, abnormal and unprofessional.

  5. Jamie Benn:

    The result is obviously not what we wanted, they’re a good team. They came out flying. I thought we got better as the game went on. We’re right on the brink of being really dangerous.

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