1 [flahyt]
the act, manner, or power of flying.
the distance covered or the course taken by a flying object: a 500-mile flight; the flight of the ball.
a trip by an airplane, glider, etc.
a scheduled trip on an airline: a 5 o'clock flight.
a number of beings or things flying or passing through the air together: a flight of geese.
the basic tactical unit of military air forces, consisting of two or more aircraft.
the act, principles, or technique of flying an airplane: flight training.
a journey into or through outer space: a rocket flight.
swift movement, transition, or progression: the flight of time.
a soaring above or transcending ordinary bounds: a flight of fancy.
a series of steps between one floor or landing of a building and the next.
the distance such an arrow travels when shot.
verb (used without object)
(of wild fowls) to fly in coordinated flocks.

before 900; Middle English; Old English flyht; cognate with Dutch vlucht; akin to fly1

5. flock. 9. rush, dash, fleetingness.
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2 [flahyt]
an act or instance of fleeing or running away; hasty departure.
put to flight, to force to flee or run away; rout: She succeeded in putting the intruder to flight.
take flight, to retreat; run away; flee: The wild animals took flight before the onrushing fire. Also, take to flight.

1150–1200; Middle English; cognate with German Flucht; akin to flee

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flight1 (flaɪt)
1.  the act, skill, or manner of flying
2.  a journey made by a flying animal or object
3.  a.  a scheduled airline journey
 b.  an aircraft flying on such a journey
4.  a group of flying birds or aircraft: a flight of swallows
5.  the basic tactical unit of a military air force
6.  a journey through space, esp of a spacecraft
7.  rapid movement or progress
8.  a soaring mental journey above or beyond the normal everyday world: a flight of fancy
9.  a.  a single line of hurdles across a track in a race
 b.  a series of such hurdles
10.  a bird's wing or tail feather; flight feather
11.  a feather or plastic attachment fitted to an arrow or dart to give it stability in flight
12.  See flight arrow
13.  the distance covered by a flight arrow
14.  esp sport, cricket
 a.  a flighted movement imparted to a ball, dart, etc
 b.  the ability to flight a ball
15.  angling a device on a spinning lure that revolves rapidly
16.  a set of steps or stairs between one landing or floor and the next
17.  a large enclosed area attached to an aviary or pigeon loft where the birds may fly but not escape
18.  (tr) sport to cause (a ball, dart, etc) to float slowly or deceptively towards its target
19.  (intr) (of wild fowl) to fly in groups
20.  (tr) to shoot (a bird) in flight
21.  (tr) to fledge (an arrow or a dart)
[Old English flyht; related to Middle Dutch vlucht, Old Saxon fluht]

flight2 (flaɪt)
1.  the act of fleeing or running away, as from danger
2.  put to flight to cause to run away; rout
3.  take flight, take to flight to run away or withdraw hastily; flee
[Old English flyht (unattested); related to Old Frisian flecht, Old High German fluht, Old Norse flōtti]

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Word Origin & History

"flying," O.E. flyht "a flying, flight." from P.Gmc. *flukhtiz (cf. Low Ger. flugt, Ger. Flucht). Spelling altered from M.E. fliht c. 1385 (see fight), from root of *fleugan "to fly" (see fly (v.1)). Meaning "an instance of flight" is 1785, originally of ballooning. Meaning
"series of stairs between landings" is from 1703.

"fleeing," from M.E. fluht (c.1200), not found in O.E., but presumed to have existed. Related to O.E. fleon "flee" (see flee).
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with flight, also see put to flight; take flight.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Once investors realised that this was unsustainable, capital took flight and
  the country's foreign reserves dwindled.
Now you can have it without having to catch a flight.
Time spent in an airplane on a commercial flight is not equal.
Flight attendants told her that the flight was fully booked, so she was stuck
  in more ways than one.
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