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flight

Definitions

  • A Flight of Wild Swans
    A Flight of Wild Swans
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v flight decorate with feathers "fledge an arrow"
    • v flight fly in a flock "flighting wild geese"
    • v flight shoot a bird in flight
    • n flight the act of escaping physically "he made his escape from the mental hospital","the canary escaped from its cage","his flight was an indication of his guilt"
    • n flight a scheduled trip by plane between designated airports "I took the noon flight to Chicago"
    • n flight an instance of traveling by air "flying was still an exciting adventure for him"
    • n flight a stairway (set of steps) between one floor or landing and the next
    • n flight passing above and beyond ordinary bounds "a flight of fancy","flights of rhetoric","flights of imagination"
    • n flight an air force unit smaller than a squadron
    • n flight a formation of aircraft in flight
    • n flight a flock of flying birds
    • n flight the path followed by an object moving through space
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Additional illustrations & photos:

PUTNAM'S FLIGHT PUTNAM'S FLIGHT
The End of the Flight The End of the Flight
Node's Flight Node's Flight
The Flight into Egypt The Flight into Egypt

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.
    • Flight A kind of arrow for the longbow; also, the sport of shooting with it. See Shaft. "Challenged Cupid at the flight .""Not a flight drawn home
      E'er made that haste that they have."
    • Flight A number of beings or things passing through the air together; especially, a flock of birds flying in company; the birds that fly or migrate together; the birds produced in one season; as, a flight of arrows. "Swift flights of angels ministrant.""Like a flight of fowl
      Scattered winds and tempestuous gusts."
    • Flight A scheduled flight{8} on a commercial airline; as, the next flight leaves at 8 o'clock.
    • Flight A series of steps or stairs from one landing to another.
    • Flight a trip made by or in a flying vehicle, as an airplane, spacecraft, or aeronautical balloon.
    • Flight Lofty elevation and excursion; a mounting; a soaring; as, a flight of imagination, ambition, folly. "Could he have kept his spirit to that flight, He had been happy .""His highest flights were indeed far below those of Taylor."
    • Flight The act of fleeing; the act of running away, to escape danger or expected evil; hasty departure. "Pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.""Fain by flight to save themselves."
    • Flight The act of flying; a passing through the air by the help of wings; volitation; mode or style of flying. "Like the night owl's lazy flight ."
    • Flight The husk or glume of oats.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On September 7, 1997, the first flight of the F-22a occurred.
    • n flight The act or power of flying; a passing through the air by the help of wings; volitation.
    • n flight Swift motion in general; rapid movement or passage caused by any propelling force: as, the flight of a missile; a meteor's flight; the flight of a fish toward its prey; the flight of a rapidly revolving wheel.
    • n flight A number of beings or things flying or passing through the air together; especially, a flock of birds flying in company; the birds that fly or migrate together; the birds produced in the same season: applied specifically in the old language of English sport to doves and swallows, and in America to pigeons, and also to a swarm of bees.
    • n flight Figuratively, an excursion or sally; a passing out of or beyond a fixed course; a mounting or soaring: as, a flight of imagination or fancy; a flight of ambition or of temper.
    • n flight In archery: The sport of shooting arrows in the manner now called roving—that is, with roving aim instead of at a butt. See rover.
    • n flight Shooting with the longbow in general, as distinguished from the use of the crossbow. See flight-arrow.
    • n flight A continuous series of steps or stairs; the part of a stairway extending directly from one floor or one landing to another.
    • n flight The glume or husk of oats.
    • n flight The thin membrane which is detached from the coffee-berry in the process of roasting.
    • n flight In the clapper of a bell, the dependent piece or weight below the striking part; the tail.
    • n flight In machinery: The inclination of the arm of a crane or of a cat-head.
    • n flight A wing or fin; a fan.
    • n flight Synonyms 3. See flock, n.
    • flight Swift in transit.
    • flight In sporting, belonging to a flight or flock.
    • n flight The act of fleeing; the act of running away to escape danger or expected evil; hasty departure.
    • flight To put to flight; rout; frighten away.
    • n flight An obsolete spelling of flite.
    • n flight In archery: The course of an arrow through the air.
    • n flight The distance traversed by an arrow.
    • n flight In mach.: A wing or scraper, pushed or pulled through the trough of a conveyer by a chain, to drag the load through it.
    • n flight A flat bucket or vane on the periphery of a wheel-pump or on the chain which it drives. In practice this vane is made to traverse a pipe or box which prevents the water from flowing back, and as such pumps are used for only very low lifts, a fair percentage of the water is carried up.
    • n flight Same as flyboat.
    • n flight In angling, the set of spinning-baits attached by the trace to the reel-line in a spinning-tackle.
    • n flight A primary, flight-feather, or remex: a term commonly used by pigeon-fanciers.
    • n flight The distance a bird may or does fly; the height at which it flies: in these senses, largely figurative.
    • n flight A group of three or more locks situated in such close proximity along a canal that the level of water between any two adjacent locks of the series may economically be raised and lowered to produce a lift: in distinction from locks arranged in isolated pairs with considerable distance between the different pairs. A greater number of lifts, and hence a greater aggregate height of lift, can be accomplished by a given number of locks if arranged in a flight than if the same number are arranged in isolated pairs.
    • flight To take flight; fly: an English sporting use.
    • flight To shoot (wildfowl) in their flight to or from their feeding-grounds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: February 17th, 1930, was the first flight by a cow in an airplane. The milk that was produced by the cow during the flight was put into containers and parachuted over the city of St. Louis
    • n Flight flīt a passing through the air: a soaring: excursion: a sally: a series of steps: a flock of birds flying together: the birds produced in the same season: a volley or shower: act of fleeing: hasty removal
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Quotations

  • Ernest Hemingway
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    “It wasn't by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. The laws of prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of mathematics, of physics.”
  • Georg Hermes
    Georg Hermes
    “Death is like an arrow that is already in flight, and your life lasts only until it reaches you.”
  • Alexis De Tocqueville
    Alexis%20De%20Tocqueville
    “The principle of equality does not destroy the imagination, but lowers its flight to the level of the earth.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “Our thoughts take the wildest flight: Even at the moment when they should arrange themselves in thoughtful order.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
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    “The only victory over love is flight.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. fliht, flyht, a flying, fr. fleógan, to fly; cf. flyht, a fleeing, fr. fleón, to flee, G. flucht, a fleeing, Sw. flykt, G. flug, a flying, Sw. flygt, D. vlugt, a fleeing or flying, Dan. flugt,. √84. See Flee Fly
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. flyhtfléogan.

Usage

In literature:

His flight gave Kief into his brother's hands.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The fleet had come to Salamis to aid the flight of the Athenians.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
He was evidently on the threshold of flight.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
His flight was necessary, if Carthage was to be preserved.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The citizens, disheartened by his flight, terrified by the overwhelming forces arrayed against them, surrendered to Ferdinand.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
Rose's resistance, taking, as it did, the form of flight, was her confession of his power.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Young birds never go back when they have once taken flight.
"Bird Stories from Burroughs" by John Burroughs
She made twenty flights, thirty flights ... and the twine no longer broke.
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
He was really prepared for exile or flight at any moment.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
Let God dispose of my life; but flight I will never take.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
Various crank inventors were "solving the problem of flight" every day.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
That was a journey, a flight without magic.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Instead of flight they resolved upon defence, and brought up the Flanders regiment, whose Colonel was a deputy of the Left.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
This manoeuvre, that of making contact with the ground after a flight, I had been told was the most difficult of all.
"Learning to Fly" by Claude Grahame-White
Hastings (so ran tradition) had gallantly bestowed such money as he had upon the ladies of the company to facilitate their flight to New York.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
Flight was my first thought, or rather my first instinct: for, on reflection, it failed.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
First aeroplane flight over French soil by Santos Dumont.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
He remembered well the excitement that was caused by her flight.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
During a second the flight was stopped.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
This gave the top flight a greater protective power and insured the bottom flight against any surprise attack.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
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In poetry:

The hours hurry on.
But where is thy flight,
Soft pavilion
Of motionless night?
"An Improvisation" by George MacDonald
A man is standing in the hall
His house not recognizing.
Her sudden leaving was a flight,
Herself, maybe, surprising.
"Parting" by Boris Pasternak
Out in the dark we follow thee,
We seek the unsetting sun;
What untold glories shall we see
Before the flight be done!
"The Wing Of Faith" by Annie Adams Fields
A PRAYER is in my thoughts to-night
I hardly dare to say:
"Lord, put my wishes all to flight,
Nor let me have my way!"
"A Heart's Prayer" by Lucy Larcom
Grief was my master yesternight;
To-morrow I may grieve again;
But now along the windy plain
The clouds have taken flight.
"In May" by Archibald Lampman
Or, overtaking in their flight
The world by many generations,
Valkyries shake the city roofs
By thunderous reverberations.
"Music" by Boris Pasternak

In news:

I have several friends who are flight attendants, and none of them were surprised that this happened on a flight to NY.
US Airways Group Inc flight attendants have voted 94 percent in favor of a strike authorization, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA said Tuesday.
HANCOCK COUNTY — The beginning of space shuttle Endeavour's final flight to California has been postponed because of weather along the flight route.
From left, Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy, Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin and NASA Flight Engineer Kevin Ford.
SkyAngels, a flight attendant staffing provider, was born when Steffany Kisling began her career as a corporate flight attendant.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. American Airlines has canceled dozens of flights as it scrambles to fix seats that could pop loose during flight.
American Airlines is cancelling dozens of flights as it scrambles to fix seats that could pop loose during flight.
Shuttle carrier NASA 905 was then modified again from ALT launch to ferry flight configuration, and flew four test flights before being placed into service to carry the shuttle orbiters.
Penn Valley Airport general manager Jim Taylor, flight instructor Dave Hall and flight instructor Justin Huffert pose near one of the airplanes used for flight instruction at the Penn Valley Airport in Selinsgrove on Friday afternoon.
PROVO — The sun begins to heat the cool morning air at Heber City's Russ McDonald Airfield as OK3 Air's chief flight instructor, Luke Watters, and student Eric Petersen prepare for a midday flight lesson.
The JetBlue Airways pilot who left the cockpit during a flight and screamed about religion and terrorists was found not guilty of interfering with a flight crew, CBS affiliate KFDA reports.
The problem was that dispatchers couldn't send flight information to about half of the United's mainline flights.
Members of the 104th Fighter Wing will be conducting training flights on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night, with the first flight around dusk and another around 7:00 p.m.
Southwest Airlines (SWA) said it will convert AirTran-branded flights to SWA flights at four cities from April 14, 2013.
Flight nurse Jim Dillow (from left), Flight nurse Karen Hollis and Pilot Andy Olesen.
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In science:

Time-of-flight as a function of energy in a linear, non-scaling FFAG cell.
Accelerator design concept for future neutrino facilities
This research has made use of data obtained from the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), provided by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Coherent oscillations and the evolution of the emission area in the decaying phase of radius-expansion bursts from 4U 1636-53
This research has made use of data obtained from the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), provided by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Observations of the post shock break-out emission of SN 2011dh with XMM-Newton
Two currently well-known and used examples of flow dependent methods are: (i) Phase contrast MRA, (PC MRA) [34, 37, 91] and (ii) Time-of-Flight MRA (TOF MRA).
A Quantum Mechanical Review of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Fig. 1a shows SOFIA during a test flight with its cavity door opened.
Early Science Results from SOFIA, the World's Largest Airborne Observatory
The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center have recently produced a Lyot filter utilising eight quartz retarders with a 13 cm entrance window.
Classical Spectroscopy
Maynard, in Levy Flights and Related Phenomena in Physics, eds. M.F.
Quantal distribution functions in non-extensive statistics and an early universe test revisited
Goddard Space Flight Center flew the CZT experiment PoRTIA, containing a 25.4 mm × 25.4 mm × 1.9 mm planar detector, in a number of configurations, including passively-collimated to a 10◦ field of view while sitting on top of a thick NaI crystal.11 In 1998 groups from Washington University, St.
Design and Testing of a Prototype Pixellated CZT Detector and Shield for Hard X-Ray Astronomy
The choice of ~ 0.2 GeV as the highest antiproton energy to be detected is a compromise between energy band width, experimental mass and time-of-flight resolution.
Interstellar Low Energy Antiprotons as a Probe of Dark Matter and Primordial Black Holes
This research has made use of data obtained from the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), provided by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Large Scale Diffuse X-ray Emission from the Large Magellanic Cloud
For the analysis, the 1-min averaged GOES SXR data measured in the 1–8 ˚A channel, the HXR data collected in the BATSE Solar Flare Catalog, archived in the Solar Data Analysis Center at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Hα flare reports from the SGD for the period January 1997 to June 2000 are used.
Relative timing of solar flares observed at different wavelengths
This search used the new CDF-II Time Of Flight detector (TOF) that provides a better sensitivity to βγ compared to any deductible dE /dx information.
Searches for New Physics at Tevatron
Of course, we accept that a photon transfers information by itself, namely, in terms of its flight of the photon itself, and therefore light speed is important for describing the relativity of positions A and B.
Proposal of Michelson-Morley experiment via single photon interferometer: Interpretation of Michelson-Morley experimental results using de Broglie-Bohm picture
Then the atoms are resonantly ionized by tuned laser beams, and subsequently analyzed by a time-of-flight mass spectrometer. Although ionization schemes must be developed for each element, an advantage is that isotopes of interest can be analyzed without isobaric interference from other species.
Presolar grains from meteorites: Remnants from the early times of the solar system
The eighties were marked by ups and downs in the measured 511 keV flux through a series of observations performed by balloon-borne germanium detectors (principally the telescopes of Bell-Sandia and Goddard Space Flight Center).
Astrophysical constraints from gamma-ray spectroscopy
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