flier

[flahy-er]
noun
1.
something that flies, as a bird or insect.
2.
an aviator or pilot.
3.
an airplane passenger, especially one who travels regularly by air.
4.
a person or thing that moves with great speed.
5.
some part of a machine having a rapid motion.
6.
a small handbill; circular.
7.
Informal. a flying jump or leap: He took a flier off the bridge.
8.
Informal. a risky or speculative venture: Our flier in uranium stocks was a disaster.
9.
one of the steps in a straight flight of stairs. Compare winder ( def 2 ).
10.
a trapeze artist; aerialist.
11.
a silvery-green sunfish, Centrarchus macropterus, found from Virginia to Florida and through the lower Mississippi valley.
Also, flyer.


Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English; see fly1, -er1

flier, flyer.
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flier (ˈflaɪə)
 
n
a variant spelling of flyer

flyer or flier (ˈflaɪə)
 
n
1.  a person or thing that flies or moves very fast
2.  an aviator or pilot
3.  informal a long flying leap; bound
4.  a fast-moving machine part, esp one having periodic motion
5.  Compare winder a rectangular step in a straight flight of stairs
6.  athletics an informal word for flying start
7.  chiefly (US) a speculative business transaction
8.  a small handbill
 
flier or flier
 
n

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flier
see flyer.
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Example sentences
All too often, last year's high flier turned out to be this year's
  tunnel-dweller.
The triumphant reign of pterosaurs ended with this giant flier.
The ancient pterosaur was a slow flier that coasted on light air currents and
  could soar for hours.
He doesn't see the flier sitting on the fence, its feathers all puffed out
  against the cold, until it flies.
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