Definition of Fly

1. Noun. Two-winged insects characterized by active flight.

2. Verb. Travel through the air; be airborne. "There fly some big birds in the tree"; "Man cannot fly"
Exact synonyms: Wing
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel
Specialized synonyms: Buzz, Rack, Flight, Fly On, Soar, Hover
Derivative terms: Flier, Flyer, Flying, Wing, Wing

3. Adjective. (British informal) not to be deceived or hoodwinked.

4. Noun. Flap consisting of a piece of canvas that can be drawn back to provide entrance to a tent.
Exact synonyms: Fly Sheet, Rainfly, Tent Flap, Tent-fly
Generic synonyms: Flap
Group relationships: Fly Tent

5. Verb. Move quickly or suddenly. "He flew about the place"
Generic synonyms: Move

6. Noun. An opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or by buttons concealed under a fold of cloth.
Exact synonyms: Fly Front
Group relationships: Garment
Generic synonyms: Opening

7. Verb. Operate an airplane. "The pilot flew to Cuba"
Exact synonyms: Aviate, Pilot
Category relationships: Air, Air Travel, Aviation, Aircraft
Generic synonyms: Control, Operate
Entails: Wing
Specialized synonyms: Fly Blind, Fly Contact, Solo, Test Fly, Jet, Glide, Hydroplane, Seaplane, Balloon, Flat-hat, Hedgehop, Hang Glide, Soar
Derivative terms: Aviation, Aviation, Aviator, Flier, Flyer, Flying, Pilot, Pilotage, Pilotage, Piloting, Piloting

8. Noun. (baseball) a hit that flies up in the air.
Exact synonyms: Fly Ball
Generic synonyms: Hit, Hitting, Striking
Specialized synonyms: Blast, Pop Fly, Pop-fly, Pop-up, Line Drive, Liner, Flare, Texas Leaguer
Category relationships: Baseball, Baseball Game

9. Verb. Transport by aeroplane. "We fly flowers from the Caribbean to North America"
Generic synonyms: Carry, Transport
Specialized synonyms: Airlift, Lift
Related verbs: Aviate, Pilot
Derivative terms: Flying

10. Noun. Fisherman's lure consisting of a fishhook decorated to look like an insect.
Specialized synonyms: Dry Fly, Streamer Fly, Wet Fly
Generic synonyms: Fish Lure, Fisherman's Lure

11. Verb. Cause to fly or float. "Fly a kite"
Specialized synonyms: Kite
Causes: Be Adrift, Blow, Drift, Float

12. Verb. Be dispersed or disseminated. "Rumors and accusations are flying"
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel

13. Verb. Change quickly from one emotional state to another. "Fly into a rage"
Generic synonyms: Change

14. Verb. Pass away rapidly. "Time fleeing beneath him"
Exact synonyms: Fell, Vanish
Related verbs: Vanish, Vaporize
Generic synonyms: Elapse, Glide By, Go Along, Go By, Lapse, Pass, Slide By, Slip Away, Slip By

15. Verb. Travel in an airplane. "Are we driving or flying?"
Category relationships: Air, Air Travel, Aviation
Specialized synonyms: Red-eye
Generic synonyms: Travel
Related verbs: Aviate, Pilot
Derivative terms: Flier, Flyer, Flying

16. Verb. Display in the air or cause to float. "All nations fly their flags in front of the U.N."
Generic synonyms: Show

17. Verb. Run away quickly. "He threw down his gun and fled"

18. Verb. Travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft. "These men fly the river"; "Lindbergh was the first to fly the Atlantic"
Generic synonyms: Journey, Travel
Related verbs: Wing, Aviate, Pilot
Derivative terms: Flying

19. Verb. Hit a fly.
Category relationships: Baseball, Baseball Game
Generic synonyms: Hit

20. Verb. Decrease rapidly and disappear. "All my stock assets have vaporized"
Exact synonyms: Vanish, Vaporize
Generic synonyms: Decrease, Diminish, Fall, Lessen
Related verbs: Fell, Vanish

Definition of Fly

1. v. i. To move in or pass through the air with wings, as a bird.

2. v. t. To cause to fly or to float in the air, as a bird, a kite, a flag, etc.

3. n. Any winged insect; esp., one with transparent wings; as, the Spanish fly; firefly; gall fly; dragon fly.

4. a. Knowing; wide awake; fully understanding another's meaning.

5. v. t. To manage (an aircraft) in flight; as, to fly an aëroplane.

6. n. Waste cotton.

Definition of Fly

1. Noun. (context: zoology) Any insect of the order Diptera; characterized by having two wings, also called true flies. ¹

2. Noun. (context: non-technical) ''Especially'', any of the insects of the family Muscidae, such as the common housefly (other families of Diptera include mosquitoes and midges). ¹

3. Noun. Any similar, but unrelated insect such as dragonfly or butterfly. ¹

4. Noun. (context: fishing) A lightweight fishing lure resembling an insect. ¹

5. Noun. (weightlifting) A chest exercise performed by moving extended arms from the sides to in front of the chest. (''also'' flye) ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To travel through the air, another gas(,) or a vacuum, without being in contact with a grounded surface. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) (archaic) (poetic) To flee, to escape. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive ergative) To cause to fly (gloss travel by air or the like): to transport via air or the like. ¹

9. Verb. (intransitive) (colloquial of a proposal, project or idea) To be accepted, come about or work out. ¹

10. Verb. (intransitive) To travel very fast. ¹

11. Noun. (obsolete) The action of flying; flight. ¹

12. Noun. An act of flying. ¹

13. Noun. (baseball) A fly ball. ¹

14. Noun. (historical) A type of small, fast carriage. ¹

15. Noun. A piece of canvas that covers the opening at the front of a tent. ¹

16. Noun. A strip of material hiding the zipper, buttons etc. at the front of a pair of trousers, pants, or underpants. ¹

17. Noun. The free edge of a flag. ¹

18. Noun. The horizontal length of a flag. ¹

19. Noun. butterfly a form of swimming ¹

20. Noun. (weightlifting) Exercises that evolve wide opening and closing of the arms perpendicular to the shoulders ¹

21. Verb. (intransitive baseball) To hit a fly ball; to hit a fly ball that is caught for an out. Compare ground (verb) and line (verb). ¹

22. Adjective. (slang dated) Quick-witted, alert, mentally sharp, smart (in a mental sense). ¹

23. Adjective. (slang) Well dressed, smart in appearance. ¹

24. Adjective. (slang) Beautiful; displaying physical beauty. ¹

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Definition of Fly

1. clever [adj FLIER, FLIEST] / to move through the air [v FLEW, FLOWN, FLYING, FLIES] / to hit a ball high into the air in baseball [v FLIED, FLYING, FLIES] - See also: clever

Medical Definition of Fly

1. 1. To move in or pass thorugh the air with wings, as a bird. 2. To move through the air or before the wind; especially, to pass or be driven rapidly through the air by any impulse. 3. To float, wave, or rise in the air, as sparks or a flag. " Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward." (Job v. 7) 4. To move or pass swiftly; to hasten away; to circulate rapidly; as, a ship flies on the deep; a top flies around; rumor flies. "Fly, envious Time, till thou run out thy race." (Milton) "The dark waves murmured as the ships flew on." (Bryant) 5. To run from danger; to attempt to escape; to flee; as, an enemy or a coward flies. See Note under Flee. "Fly, ere evil intercept thy flight." (Milton) "Whither shall I fly to escape their hands ?" (Shak) 6. To move suddenly, or with violence; to do an act suddenly or swiftly; usually with a qualifying word; as, a door flies open; a bomb flies apart. To fly about To let go suddenly and entirely; as, to let fly the sheets. Origin: OE. Fleen, fleen, fleyen, flegen, AS. Fleogan; akin to D. Vliegen, ONG. Fliogan, G. Fliegen, Icel. Fljga, Sw. Flyga, Dan. Flyve, Goth. Us-flaugjan to cause to fly away, blow about, and perh. To L. Pluma feather, E. Plume. 84. Cf. Fledge, Flight, Flock of animals. Origin: OE. Flie, flege, AS. Fl?ge, fleoge, fr. Fleogan to fly; akin to D. Vlieg, OHG. Flioga, G. Fliege, Icel. & Sw. Fluga, Dan. Flue. 84. See Fly. 1. Any winged insect; especially, one with transparent wings; as, the Spanish fly; firefly; gall fly; dragon fly. Any dipterous insect; as, the house fly; flesh fly; black fly. See Diptera, and Illust. In Append. 2. A hook dressed in imitation of a fly, used for fishing. "The fur-wrought fly." 3. A familiar spirit; a witch's attendant. "A trifling fly, none of your great familiars." (B. Jonson) 4. A parasite. 5. A kind of light carriage for rapid transit, plying for hire and usually drawn by one horse. 6. The length of an extended flag from its staff; sometimes, the length from the "union" to the extreme end. 7. The part of a vane pointing the direction from which the wind blows. 8. That part of a compass on which the points are marked; the compass card. 9. Two or more vanes set on a revolving axis, to act as a fanner, or to equalize or impede the motion of machinery by the resistance of the air, as in the striking part of a clock. A heavy wheel, or cross arms with weights at the ends on a revolving axis, to regulate or equalize the motion of machinery by means of its inertia, where the power communicated, or the resistance to be overcome, is variable, as in the steam engine or the coining press. See Fly wheel (below). 10. The piece hinged to the needle, which holds the engaged loop in position while the needle is penetrating another loop; a latch. 11. The pair of arms revolving around the bobbin, in a spinning wheel or spinning frame, to twist the yarn. 12. A shuttle driven through the shed by a blow or jerk. 13. Formerly, the person who took the printed sheets from the press. A vibrating frame with fingers, attached to a power to a power printing press for doing the same work. 14. The outer canvas of a tent with double top, usually drawn over the ridgepole, but so extended as to touch the roof of the tent at no other place. 15. One of the upper screens of a stage in a theater. 16. The fore flap of a bootee; also, a lap on trousers, overcoats, etc, to conceal a row of buttons. 17. A batted ball that flies to a considerable distance, usually high in the air; also, the flight of a ball so struck; as, it was caught on the fly. Black fly, Cheese fly, Dragon fly, etc. See Black, Cheese, etc. Fly agaric, still in the air; said of a batted ball caught before touching the ground. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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