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making flight or passing through the air; that flies: a flying insect; an unidentified flying object.
floating, fluttering, waving, hanging, or moving freely in the air: flying banners; flying hair.
extending through the air.
moving swiftly.
made while moving swiftly: a flying leap.
very hasty or brief; fleeting or transitory: a flying visit; a flying remark.
designed or organized for swift movement or action.
fleeing, running away, or taking flight: They pursued the flying enemy.
Nautical. (of a sail) having none of its edges fastened to spars or stays.
the act of moving through the air on wings; flight.
Nautical. without being fastened to a yard, stay, or the like: a sail set flying.

before 1000; Middle English (noun); Old English flēogende (adj.). See fly1, -ing2, -ing1

nonflying, adjective
unflying, adjective
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flying (ˈflaɪɪŋ)
1.  (prenominal) hurried; fleeting: a flying visit
2.  (prenominal) designed for fast action
3.  (prenominal) moving or passing quickly on or as if on wings: a flying leap; the flying hours
4.  hanging, waving, or floating freely: flying hair
5.  nautical (of a sail) not hauled in tight against the wind
6.  the act of piloting, navigating, or travelling in an aircraft
7.  (modifier) relating to, capable of, accustomed to, or adapted for flight: a flying machine
Related: volant

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Word Origin & History

O.E. fleogende, prp. of fly (v.1). Flying buttress is from 1660s; flying fish is from 1510s. Flying saucer first attested 1947, though the image of saucers for unidentified flying objects is from at least 1880s. Flying Dutchman ghost ship first recorded c.1830, in Jeffrey, Baron
de Reigersfeld's "The Life of a Sea Officer." Flying colors (1706) probably is from the image of a naval vessel with the national flag bravely displayed.
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Medical Dictionary

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

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fly   (flī)  Pronunciation Key 
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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