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

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flier
see flyer.
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Example sentences
These big terns are swifter and better fliers than the gulls, and the
  depredations take place all the time before their eyes.
Adult weevils are considered strong fliers, venturing more than a half-mile in
  search of host trees.
Fliers advertising baskets of matsutake or chanterelles fill the community
  bulletin boards at organic groceries across the state.
Animals that hunt birds in trees or in flight are strong fliers with strong
  talons.
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