[syn: fledge, flight]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Flight \Flight\ (fl[imac]t), n. [AS. fliht, flyht, a flying, fr.
fle['o]gan to fly; cf. flyht a fleeing, fr. fle['o]n to flee,
G. flucht a fleeing, Sw. flykt, G. flug a flying, Sw. flygt,
D. vlugt a fleeing or flying, Dan. flugt. [root]84. See
1. The act of flying; a passing through the air by the help
of wings; volitation; mode or style of flying.
Like the night owl's lazy flight. --Shak.
2. The act of fleeing; the act of running away, to escape
danger or expected evil; hasty departure.
Pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
Fain by flight to save themselves. --Shak.
3. Lofty elevation and excursion; a mounting; a soaring; as,
a flight of imagination, ambition, folly.
Could he have kept his spirit to that flight,
He had been happy. --Byron.
His highest flights were indeed far below those of
4. 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. --Swift.
Swift flights of angels ministrant. --Milton.
Like a flight of fowl
Scattered winds and tempestuous gusts. --Shak.
5. A series of steps or stairs from one landing to another.
6. A kind of arrow for the longbow; also, the sport of
shooting with it. See Shaft. [Obs.]
Challenged Cupid at the flight. --Shak.
Not a flight drawn home
E'er made that haste that they have. --Beau. & Fl.
7. The husk or glume of oats. [Prov. Eng.] --Wright.
8. a trip made by or in a flying vehicle, as an airplane,
spacecraft, or aeronautical balloon.
9. A scheduled flight on a commercial airline; as, the
next flight leaves at 8 o'clock.
Flight feathers (Zool.), the wing feathers of a bird,
including the quills, coverts, and bastard wing. See
To put to flight, To turn to flight, to compel to run
away; to force to flee; to rout.
to take a flight, to make a trip in an airplane,
especially a scheduled flight.
[1913 Webster + PJC]
Syn: Pair; set. See Pair.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a formation of aircraft in flight
2: an instance of traveling by air; "flying was still an
exciting adventure for him" [syn: flight, flying]
3: a stairway (set of steps) between one floor or landing and
the next [syn: flight, flight of stairs, flight of
4: 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" [syn: escape,
5: an air force unit smaller than a squadron
6: passing above and beyond ordinary bounds; "a flight of
fancy"; "flights of rhetoric"; "flights of imagination"
7: the path followed by an object moving through space [syn:
8: a flock of flying birds
9: a scheduled trip by plane between designated airports; "I
took the noon flight to Chicago"
v 1: shoot a bird in flight
2: fly in a flock; "flighting wild geese"
3: decorate with feathers; "fledge an arrow" [syn: fledge,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
326 Moby Thesaurus words for "flight":
AWOL, Brownian movement, French leave, a mass of, a world of,
abandonment, abscond, absence without leave, absquatulation,
acciaccatura, advance, aeronautics, aeroplane, air arm, air corps,
air force, air service, air speed, aircraft, airlift, airline,
airliner, alienation, altitude peak, angular motion, appoggiatura,
arabesque, army, arrow, arrowhead, ascending, ascent, astronautics,
autism, autistic thinking, automatic control, aviation,
avoidance mechanism, axial motion, backflowing, backing,
backward motion, ballooning, barb, beat a retreat, bevy,
blame-shifting, blast-off, blind flying, bobtailed arrow, bolt,
bolting, break, breakout, bunch, burn, burnout, cadence, cadenza,
career, ceiling, celerity, charm, chested arrow, climbing,
cloth yard shaft, cloud, cloud-seeding, clutter, coloratura,
commercial aviation, compensation, contact flying, course, covey,
cruising, current, dart, decamp, decampment, decompensation,
defense mechanism, deliverance, delivery, depart, departure,
dereism, dereistic thinking, descending, descent, desert,
desertion, disappearance, disappearing act, dismiss, dispatch,
disperse, displacement, dissociation, division, downward motion,
drift, driftage, ebbing, egress, elopement, embellishment,
emergence, emigration, emotional insulation, end of burning,
escadrille, escape, escape into fantasy, escape mechanism,
escapism, evacuation, evasion, excursion, exit, exodus,
expatriation, expedition, extrication, fantasizing, fantasy,
fastness, feather, fioritura, flee, fleeing, flit, flock, flocks,
flourish, flow, flurry, flux, flying, forward motion, freeing,
fugitation, gaggle, general aviation, getaway, gliding, going,
grace, grace note, ground speed, hail, haste, hasty retreat,
hegira, hive, hop, host, hurry, ignition, immigration, impact,
in-migration, incidental, incidental note, instantaneousness,
intermigration, isolation, issuance, issue, jailbreak, jam, jump,
knots, lam, large amount, launch, leak, leakage, leaving, legion,
liberation, lift-off, light out, lightning speed, long mordent,
lots, many, masses of, migration, miles per hour, mob, mordent,
mounting, muchness, multitude, murmuration, negativism, nest,
numbers, oblique motion, ongoing, onrush, ornament, out-migration,
outlet, overcompensation, pack, parting, passage, passing,
pilotage, plague, plane, plunging, plurality, pralltriller,
precipitation, prisonbreak, progress, projection, promptitude,
promptness, psychotaxis, put to flight, quantities, quarrel,
quick exit, quickness, quite a few, radial motion, random motion,
rapidity, rationalization, reed, reflowing, refluence, reflux,
regression, release, remigration, removal, rescue, resistance,
retirement, retreat, retrogression, riddance, rising,
rocket launching, roulade, round pace, rout, rpm, ruck, run,
running away, rush, sailing, sailplaning, scape, scores, scramming,
send away, send off, send packing, set, setting-free, shaft, shoal,
shoot, shot, shove off, sideward motion, single mordent, sinking,
skedaddle, skedaddling, skein, slip, snappiness, soaring,
sociological adjustive reactions, solo, speed, speediness, split,
spring, squadron, stampede, sternway, strategic air force, stream,
sublimation, subsiding, substitution, swarm, swarming, swift rate,
swiftness, tactical air force, take flight, test flight, throng,
tidy sum, traject, trajectory, trajet, transmigration, trek, trend,
trip, turn, upward motion, velocity, velocity peak, vent, volley,
walkout, watch, wing, winging, wish-fulfillment fantasy,
wishful thinking, withdraw, withdrawal, worlds of
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
FLIGHT, crim. law. The evading the course of justice, by a man's voluntarily
withdrawing himself. 4 Bl. Com. 387. Vide Fugitive from justice.