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Fly describes moving through the air, like birds that fly in the sky, or getting something accepted, like your silly excuse that's not going to fly with your history teacher.

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To move in or pass thorugh the air with wings, as a bird.

Noun
(baseball) a hit that flies up in the air

Noun
two-winged insects characterized by active flight

Noun
an opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or buttons concealed by a fold of cloth

Noun
fisherman''s lure consisting of a fishhook decorated to look like an insect

Noun
flap consisting of a piece of canvas that can be drawn back to provide entrance to a tent

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Verb
decrease rapidly and disappear; "the money vanished in las Vegas"; "all my stock assets have vaporized"

Verb
change quickly from one emotional state to another; "fly into a rage"

Verb
hit a fly

Verb
transport by aeroplane; "We fly flowers from the Caribbean to North America"

Verb
be dispersed or disseminated; "Rumors and accusations are flying"

Verb
travel in an airplane; "she is flying to Cincinnati tonight"; "Are we driving or flying?"

Verb
move quickly or suddenly; "He flew about the place"

Verb
travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft; "Lindbergh was the first to fly the Atlantic"

Verb
cause to fly or float; "fly a kite"

Verb
travel through the air; be airborne; "Man cannot fly"

Verb
fly a plane

Verb
pass away rapidly; "Time flies like an arrow"; "Time fleeing beneath him"

Verb
run away quickly; "He threw down his gun and fled"

Verb
display in the air or cause to float; "fly a kite"; "All nations fly their flags in front of the U.N."

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


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

v. i.
To move through the air or before the wind; esp., to pass or be driven rapidly through the air by any impulse.

v. i.
To float, wave, or rise in the air, as sparks or a flag.

v. i.
To move or pass swiftly; to hasten away; to circulate rapidly; as, a ship flies on the deep; a top flies around; rumor flies.

v. i.
To run from danger; to attempt to escape; to flee; as, an enemy or a coward flies. See Note under Flee.

v. i.
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.

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

v. t.
To fly or flee from; to shun; to avoid.

v. t.
To hunt with a hawk.

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

v. i.
Any dipterous insect; as, the house fly; flesh fly; black fly. See Diptera, and Illust. in Append.

v. i.
A hook dressed in imitation of a fly, -- used for fishing.

v. i.
A familiar spirit; a witch's attendant.

v. i.
A parasite.

v. i.
A kind of light carriage for rapid transit, plying for hire and usually drawn by one horse.

v. i.
The length of an extended flag from its staff; sometimes, the length from the "union" to the extreme end.

v. i.
The part of a vane pointing the direction from which the wind blows.

v. i.
That part of a compass on which the points are marked; the compass card.

v. i.
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.

v. i.
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).

v. i.
The piece hinged to the needle, which holds the engaged loop in position while the needle is penetrating another loop; a latch.

v. i.
The pair of arms revolving around the bobbin, in a spinning wheel or spinning frame, to twist the yarn.

v. i.
A shuttle driven through the shed by a blow or jerk.

v. i.
Formerly, the person who took the printed sheets from the press.

v. i.
A vibrating frame with fingers, attached to a power to a power printing press for doing the same work.

v. i.
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.

v. i.
One of the upper screens of a stage in a theater.

v. i.
The fore flap of a bootee; also, a lap on trousers, overcoats, etc., to conceal a row of buttons.

v. i.
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.

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


Fly

Fly , v. i. [imp. Flew ; p. p. Flown ; p. pr. & vb. n. Flying.] [OE. fleen, fleen, fleyen, flegen, AS. fle'a2gan; 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.] 1. To move in or pass thorugh the air with wings, as a bird. 2. To move through the air or before the wind; esp., 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.
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.
The dark waves murmured as the ships flew on.
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.
Whither shall I fly to escape their hands ?
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 (Naut.), to change frequently in a short time; -- said of the wind. -- To fly around, to move about in haste. [Colloq.] -- To fly at, to spring toward; to rush on; to attack suddenly. -- To fly in the face of, to insult; to assail; to set at defiance; to oppose with violence; to act in direct opposition to; to resist. -- To fly off, to separate, or become detached suddenly; to revolt. -- To fly on, to attack. -- To fly open, to open suddenly, or with violence. -- To fly out. (a) To rush out. (b) To burst into a passion; to break out into license. -- To let fly. (a) To throw or drive with violence; to discharge. "A man lets fly his arrow without taking any aim." Addison. (b) (Naut.) To let go suddenly and entirely; as, to let fly the sheets.

Fly

Fly, v. t. 1. To cause to fly or to float in the air, as a bird, a kite, a flag, etc.
The brave black flag I fly.
2. To fly or flee from; to shun; to avoid.
Sleep flies the wretch.
To fly the favors of so good a king.
3. To hunt with a hawk. [Obs.] Bacon. To fly a kite (Com.), to raise money on commercial notes. [Cant or Slang]

Fly

Fly, n.; pl. Flies . [OE. flie, flege, AS. fl?ge, fle'a2ge, fr. fle'a2gan to fly; akin to D. vlieg, OHG. flioga, G. fliege, Icel. & Sw. fluga, Dan. flue. 84. See Fly, v. i.] 1. (Zo'94l.) (a) Any winged insect; esp., one with transparent wings; as, the Spanish fly; firefly; gall fly; dragon fly. (b) 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." Gay. 3. A familiar spirit; a witch's attendant. [Obs.]
A trifling fly, none of your great familiars.
4. A parasite. [Obs.] Massinger. 5. A kind of light carriage for rapid transit, plying for hire and usually drawn by one horse. [Eng.] 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. (Naut.) That part of a compass on which the points are marked; the compass card. Totten. 9. (Mech.) (a) 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. (b) 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. (Knitting Machine) The piece hinged to the needle, which holds the engaged loop in position while the needle is penetrating another loop; a latch. Knight. 11. The pair of arms revolving around the bobbin, in a spinning wheel or spinning frame, to twist the yarn. 12. (Weaving) A shuttle driven through the shed by a blow or jerk. Knight. 13. (a) Formerly, the person who took the printed sheets from the press. (b) 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. (Baseball) 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 under Black, Cheese, etc. -- Fly agaric (Bot.), a mushroom (Agaricus muscarius), having a narcotic juice which, in sufficient quantities, is poisonous. -- Fly block (Naut.), a pulley whose position shifts to suit the working of the tackle with which it is connected; -- used in the hoisting tackle of yards. -- Fly board (Printing Press), the board on which printed sheets are deposited by the fly. -- Fly book, a case in the form of a book for anglers' flies. Kingsley. -- Fly cap, a cap with wings, formerly worn by women. -- Fly drill, a drill having a reciprocating motion controlled by a fly wheel, the driving power being applied by the hand through a cord winding in reverse directions upon the spindle as it rotates backward and forward. Knight. -- Fly fishing, the act or art of angling with a bait of natural or artificial flies. Walton. -- Fly flap, an implement for killing flies. -- Fly governor, a governor for regulating the speed of an engine, etc., by the resistance of vanes revolving in the air. -- Fly honeysuckle (Bot.), a plant of the honeysuckle genus (Lonicera), having a bushy stem and the flowers in pairs, as L. ciliata and L. Xylosteum. -- Fly hook, a fishhook supplied with an artificial fly. -- Fly leaf, an unprinted leaf at the beginning or end of a book, circular, programme, etc. -- Fly maggot, a maggot bred from the egg of a fly. Ray. -- Fly net, a screen to exclude insects. -- Fly nut (Mach.), a nut with wings; a thumb nut; a finger nut. -- Fly orchis (Bot.), a plant (Ophrys muscifera), whose flowers resemble flies. -- Fly paper, poisoned or sticky paper for killing flies that feed upon or are entangled by it. -- Fly powder, an arsenical powder used to poison flies. -- Fly press, a screw press for punching, embossing, etc., operated by hand and having a heavy fly. -- Fly rail, a bracket which turns out to support the hinged leaf of a table. -- Fly rod, a light fishing rod used in angling with a fly. -- Fly sheet, a small loose advertising sheet; a handbill. -- Fly snapper (Zo'94l.), an American bird (Phainopepla nitens), allied to the chatterers and shrikes. The male is glossy blue-black; the female brownish gray. -- Fly wheel (Mach.), a heavy wheel attached to machinery to equalize the movement (opposing any sudden acceleration by its inertia and any retardation by its momentum), and to accumulate or give out energy for a variable or intermitting resistance. See Fly, n., 9. -- On the fly (Baseball), still in the air; -- said of a batted ball caught before touching the ground..

Fly

Fly , a. Knowing; wide awake; fully understanding another's meaning. [Slang] Dickens.

To move in or pass thorugh the air with wings, as a bird.

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

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

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

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Usage Examples

A celibate, like the fly in the heart of an apple, dwells in a perpetual sweetness, but sits alone, and is confined and dies in singularity.

Eagles commonly fly alone. They are crows, daws, and starlings that flock together.

Dad went to Canada to learn how to fly with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He took me on my first airplane ride, where I could have a hand on the stick.

As the fly bangs against the window attempting freedom while the door stands open, so we bang against death ignoring heaven.

And just when we were at the end of our design process there was the news that the Italian government and the U.S. government had signed an agreement to fly the first Italian astronaut on that flight.

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.

And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.

Faith without works is like a bird without wings though she may hop with her companions on earth, yet she will never fly with them to heaven.

Misspelled Form

fly, dfly, rfly, tfly, gfly, vfly, cfly, dly, rly, tly, gly, vly, cly, fdly, frly, ftly, fgly, fvly, fcly, fkly, foly, fply, f:ly, fky, foy, fpy, f:y, flky, floy, flpy, fl:y, flty, fl6y, fl7y, fluy, flhy, flt, fl6, fl7, flu, flh, flyt, fly6, fly7, flyu, flyh.

Other Usage Examples

A fly cannot go in unless it stops somewhere therefore weapons, fuel, food, money will not go to Afghanistan unless the neighbors of Afghanistan are working, are cooperating, either being themselves the origin or the transit.

Fiction is such a world of freedom, it's wonderful. If you want someone to fly, they can fly.

I can't work completely out of my imagination. I must put my foot in a bit of truth and then I can fly free.

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance one cannot fly into flying.

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

Birds have wings they're free they can fly where they want when they want. They have the kind of mobility many people envy.

Facts are the air of scientists. Without them you can never fly.

Air travel survived decades of terrorism, including attacks which resulted in the deaths of everyone on the plane. It survived 9/11. It'll survive the next successful attack. The only real worry is that we'll scare ourselves into making air travel so onerous that we won't fly anymore.

Any person seasoned with a just sense of the imperfections of natural reason, will fly to revealed truth with the greatest avidity.

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