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flyer

[flahy-er] /ˈflaɪ ər/
noun
1.
Textiles.
  1. a rotating device that adds twist to the slubbing or roving and winds the stock onto a spindle or bobbin in a uniform manner.
  2. a similar device for adding twist to yarn.
2.
Origin of flyer
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see fly1, -er1
Can be confused
flier, flyer.

fly3

[flahy] /flaɪ/
adjective, British Informal.
1.
clever; keen; ingenious.
2.
agile; nimble.
Origin
1805-15; perhaps special use of fly1

flier

or flyer

[flahy-er] /ˈflaɪ ər/
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.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English; see fly1, -er1
Can be confused
flier, flyer.
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Examples from the Web for flyer
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  • Blenke was supposed to have taken the westbound flyer on Monday—the flyer that flew five hours late.

    A Soldier's Trial Charles King
  • I did hear, too, that she takes a flyer in the Street now and then.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • For the third time Frank pointed out the spot on the map, and the flyer whistled.

  • But they soon turned and headed "The flyer" to the far north.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • The first terrific wave buffeted the flyer while Cloud's right hand was in the air, shooting across the panel to turn on the Berg.

    The Vortex Blaster Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for flyer

flyer

/ˈflaɪə/
noun
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.
a rectangular step in a straight flight of stairs Compare winder (sense 5)
6.
(athletics) an informal word for flying start
7.
(mainly US) a speculative business transaction
8.
a small handbill

flier

/ˈflaɪə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of flyer

fly1

/flaɪ/
verb flies, flying, flew, flown
1.
(intransitive) (of birds, aircraft, etc) to move through the air in a controlled manner using aerodynamic forces
2.
to travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft
3.
to operate (an aircraft or spacecraft)
4.
to float, flutter, or be displayed in the air or cause to float, etc, in this way: to fly a kite, they flew the flag
5.
to transport or be transported by or through the air by aircraft, wind, etc
6.
(intransitive) to move or be moved very quickly, forcibly, or suddenly: she came flying towards me, the door flew open
7.
(intransitive) to pass swiftly: time flies
8.
to escape from (an enemy, place, etc); flee: he flew the country
9.
(intransitive; may be foll by at or upon) to attack a person
10.
(intransitive) to have a sudden outburst: he flew into a rage again
11.
(intransitive) (of money, etc) to vanish rapidly
12.
(transitive) (falconry) (of hawks) to fly at (quarry) in attack: peregrines fly rooks
13.
(transitive) (theatre) to suspend (scenery) above the stage so that it may be lowered into view
14.
fly a kite
  1. to procure money by an accommodation bill
  2. to release information or take a step in order to test public opinion
15.
(informal) fly high
  1. to have a high aim
  2. to prosper or flourish
16.
fly in the face of, See face (sense 19)
17.
(informal) fly off the handle, to lose one's temper
18.
(US & Canadian, informal) fly the coop, to leave suddenly
19.
(US & Canadian, informal) go fly a kite, go away
20.
(informal) let fly
  1. to lose one's temper (with a person): she really let fly at him
  2. to shoot or throw (an object)
noun (pl) flies
21.
(often pl) Also called fly front. a closure that conceals a zip, buttons, or other fastening, by having one side overlapping, as on trousers
22.
Also called fly sheet
  1. a flap forming the entrance to a tent
  2. a piece of canvas drawn over the ridgepole of a tent to form an outer roof
23.
a small air brake used to control the chiming of large clocks
24.
the horizontal weighted arm of a fly press
25.
  1. the outer edge of a flag
  2. the distance from the outer edge of a flag to the staff Compare hoist (sense 9)
26.
(Brit) a light one-horse covered carriage formerly let out on hire
27.
(Austral & NZ) an attempt: I'll give it a fly
28.
(printing)
  1. a device for transferring printed sheets from the press to a flat pile
  2. Also called flyhand. a person who collects and stacks printed matter from a printing press
  3. a piece of paper folded once to make four pages, with printing only on the first page
29.
(pl) (theatre) the space above the stage out of view of the audience, used for storing scenery, etc
30.
(rare) the act of flying
Derived Forms
flyable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English flēogan; related to Old Frisian fliāga, Old High German fliogan, Old Norse fljūga

fly2

/flaɪ/
noun (pl) flies
1.
any dipterous insect, esp the housefly, characterized by active flight See also horsefly, blowfly, tsetse fly, crane fly
2.
any of various similar but unrelated insects, such as the caddis fly, firefly, dragonfly, and chalcid fly
3.
(angling) a lure made from a fish-hook dressed with feathers, tinsel, etc, to resemble any of various flies or nymphs: used in fly-fishing See also dry fly, wet fly
4.
(in southern Africa) an area that is infested with the tsetse fly
5.
(Austral, slang) drink with the flies, to drink alone
6.
fly in amber, See amber (sense 2)
7.
(informal) fly in the ointment, a slight flaw that detracts from value, completeness, or enjoyment
8.
fly on the wall, a person who watches others, while not being noticed himself or herself
9.
(informal) there are no flies on him, he is no fool
Derived Forms
flyless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English flēoge; related to Old Norse fluga Old High German flioga; see fly1

fly3

/flaɪ/
adjective (slang) flyer, flyest
1.
(mainly Brit) knowing and sharp; smart
2.
(mainly Scot) furtive or sneaky
noun
3.
(mainly Scot) on the fly, in secret; sneakily
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for flyer
n.

also flier, mid-15c., "something that flies," agent noun of fly (v.1). Meaning "something that goes fast" is from 1795; that of "aviator" is from 1934. Meaning "speculative investment" is from 1846 (on the notion of a "flying leap"). Meaning "small handbill or fly-sheet" is from 1889, U.S. slang (originally especially of police bulletins), on notion of "made to be scattered broadcast." Meaning "aviator" is from World War I. Related: Fliers; flyers.

flier

n.

see flyer.

fly

n.

Old English fleoge "fly, winged insect," from Proto-Germanic *fleugjon (cf. Old Saxon fleiga, Old Norse fluga, Middle Dutch vlieghe, Dutch vlieg, Old High German flioga, German Fliege "fly); literally "the flying (insect)" (cf. Old English fleogende "flying"), from same source as fly (v.1).

Originally any winged insect (hence butterfly, etc.); long used by farmers and gardeners for any insect parasite. The Old English plural in -n (cf. oxen) gradually normalized 13c.-15c. to -s. Fly on the wall "unseen observer" first recorded 1881. An Old English word for "curtain" was fleonet "fly-net." Fly-swatter first attested 1917. Fly-fishing is from 1650s.

v.

"to soar through air," Old English fleogan "to fly" (class II strong verb; past tense fleag, past participle flogen), from West Germanic *fleuganan (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German fliogan, Old Norse flügja, Old Frisian fliaga, Middle Dutch vlieghen, Dutch vliegen, German fliegen), from PIE *pleu- "flowing, floating" (see pluvial).

Notion of "flapping as a wing does" led to noun sense of "tent flap" (1810), which yielded (1844) "covering for buttons that close up a garment." The noun sense of "a flight, flying" is from mid-15c. Baseball fly ball attested by 1866. Slang phrase fly off the handle "lose one's cool" dates from 1825. To do something on the fly is 1856, apparently from baseball.

"run away," Old English fleon (see flee). Fleogan and fleon were often confused in Old English, too. Modern English distinguishes in preterite: flew/fled.

adj.

slang, "clever, alert, wide awake," late 18c., perhaps from fly (n.) on the notion of the insect being hard to catch. Other theories, however, trace it to fledge or flash. Slang use in 1990s might be a revival or a reinvention.

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flyer in Medicine

fly (flī)
n.
Any of numerous two-winged insects of the order Diptera.

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flyer in Science
fly
  (flī)   
Any of numerous insects of the order Diptera, having one pair of wings and large compound eyes. Flies include the houseflies, horseflies, and mosquitoes. See more at dipteran.
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Slang definitions & phrases for flyer

flyer

noun

A trapeze performer (1890s+ Circus)

Related Terms

take a flyer

flier

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flyer

fly

adjective

  1. Clever; knowing; alert; shrewd (1811+)
  2. Stylish; very attractive; sharp, superfly: driving a Cadillac that's fly/ They tell each other they're fly when they look sharp (1900+ Black)

verb

  1. To act in a strange or bizarre way: The broad must be flying on something (1960s+ Narcotics)
  2. To feel the effects of narcotic intoxication: About a minute after the fix he was flying (1960s+ Narcotics)
  3. To succeed; persuade; go over •Often in the negative: They're experts on what will fly and what won't/ He glanced at Keenan to see if that statement was going to fly (1970s+)
  4. To run or travel very fast

Related Terms

barfly, catch flies, fruit fly, let fly, no flies on, on the fly, shoo-fly

[the first adjective sense, ''clever, alert, etc,'' is of unknown origin, though it is conjectured that it may refer to the difficulty of catching a fly in midair, that it may be cognate with fledge and hence mean ''accomplished, proven, seasoned,'' and that it is a corruption of fla, a shortening of flash; the third verb sense, ''succeed, persuade, etc,'' is fr a cluster of jokes and phrases having to do with the Wright Brothers' and others' efforts to get something off the ground and make it fly; the two adjective senses involve either a survival or a revival of an early 19thcentury British underworld term of unknown origin]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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flyer in the Bible

Heb. zebub, (Eccl. 10:1; Isa. 7:18). This fly was so grievous a pest that the Phoenicians invoked against it the aid of their god Baal-zebub (q.v.). The prophet Isaiah (7:18) alludes to some poisonous fly which was believed to be found on the confines of Egypt, and which would be called by the Lord. Poisonous flies exist in many parts of Africa, for instance, the different kinds of tsetse. Heb. 'arob, the name given to the insects sent as a plague on the land of Egypt (Ex. 8:21-31; Ps. 78:45; 105:31). The LXX. render this by a word which means the "dog-fly," the cynomuia. The Jewish commentators regarded the Hebrew word here as connected with the word _'arab_, which means "mingled;" and they accordingly supposed the plague to consist of a mixed multitude of animals, beasts, reptiles, and insects. But there is no doubt that "the _'arab_" denotes a single definite species. Some interpreters regard it as the Blatta orientalis, the cockroach, a species of beetle. These insects "inflict very painful bites with their jaws; gnaw and destroy clothes, household furniture, leather, and articles of every kind, and either consume or render unavailable all eatables."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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