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on the fly

Definitions

  • The prince holds on to the leg of the flying stool
    The prince holds on to the leg of the flying stool
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv on the fly on the run or in a hurry "she wrote those letters on the fly"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag
    • On the fly (Baseball) still in the air; -- said of a batted ball caught before touching the ground.
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Quotations

  • Francis Bacon
    Francis%20Bacon
    “It was prettily devised of Aesop, The fly sat on the axle tree of the chariot wheel and said, what dust do I raise!”
  • Joel Hawes
    Joel Hawes
    “Aim at the sun, and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if aimed at an object on a level with yourself.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “The fly that does not want to be swatted is safest if it sits on the fly-swat.”
  • Orson Welles
    Orson%20Welles
    “The essential is to excite the spectators. If that means playing Hamlet on a flying trapeze or in an aquarium, you do it.”
  • Stanislaw J. Lec
    Stanislaw J. Lec
    “Intelligence, in diapers, is invisible. And when it matures, out the window it flies. We have to pounce on it earlier.”
  • Mary Kay Ash
    Mary Kay Ash
    “Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway.”

Idioms

Fly on the wall - If you are able to see and hear events as they happen, you are a fly on the wall.
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On the fly - If you do things on the fly, you do things without preparation, responding to events as they happen.
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Usage

In literature:

As we drew near, a flag was seen flying from a staff on the highest point.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
On the other hand, the swallow, when it flies, closes its wings to its body at every stroke.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
Here are two on this sedge; you see a slit on the back through which the dragon-fly has come out.
"Country Walks of a Naturalist with His Children" by W. Houghton
As I had learned on that flying trip to Pierre, the operation of the plan was very simple.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
Patriotic peers arriving late, finding no room on the benches where the Union Jack is kept flying, cross over.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, July 1, 1914" by Various
The adult two-winged fly lays its eggs on the exterior of the animal to be infested.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
Willy this time determined not to fly, but, flourishing his axe, stood on the defensive.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
Heavy rollers broke on the shore, sending the surf flying up many yards over the beach.
"The Three Commanders" by W.H.G. Kingston
They seldom fly, as wolves do, on the first approach of man.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
On the way he rode into a swarm of flies that thickly covered him and his camel.
"The Story of General Gordon" by Jeanie Lang
A plague of sand-flies and mosquitoes descended on the ship.
"In Mesopotamia" by Martin Swayne
It seemed to me that she was flying and flying, but was still on the same spot.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
It is on record that a pupil has learned to fly in a day, even in a few hours; but here the circumstances, and the men, were exceptional.
"Learning to Fly" by Claude Grahame-White
It seems nothing more than one of the flies behind the scenes when the actors have gone on in front.
"Rosemary and Rue" by Amber
But hadn't even that small score been wiped out on the flying-ground?
"The Boy with Wings" by Berta Ruck
He lay down on the grass till the beetles ran over him, and the flies settled on his nose.
"The Water-Babies" by Charles Kingsley
It iz dreadful natral tew miss a patridge on the fly, especially if a tree gets in the way.
"The Complete Works of Josh Billings" by Henry W. Shaw
Sitting on curled tails, they filled the air with murderous howls and raised clouds of frozen breath in the flying snow.
"My Attainment of the Pole" by Frederick A. Cook
Think of the poor May-fly who happens to be born on a wet day!
"Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays" by Various
A moment of such silence followed that flies on the wing could be heard.
"With Fire and Sword" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
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In poetry:

Drink rapture from her soft dark eye,
And sunshine from her heavenly smile;
On wings of bliss their moments fly,
And I am pining here the while!
"Lines inscribed on the wall of a dungeon in the southern p of i" by Anne Bronte
But hark, the shouts of victory rise,
The stripes and stars in triumph wave -
The foe on wings of terror flies,
He yields the soil he vowed to save.
"On Buena Vista's Field" by Henry Pelham Holmes Bromwell
Take care, O wisp of a moon,
Vague on the sunny blue above the sea,
Or the gull flying across you
Will pierce your veil-thin shape with a sharp wing!
"To The Afternoon Moon, At Sea" by Cale Young Rice
Their loud tongues on the morning breeze
Now Rodney heard, as if the trees
Were yearning in their sympathy,
And stretched, and sighed and whispered "fly."
"The Runaway" by Albery Allson Whitman

May never a cloud overshadow thy face,
While the slave flies before his pursuer;
Gleam steadily on to the end of his race,
Till his body and soul are secure.
Shine on, &c.
"Freedom's Star" by Anonymous Americas
Yet to see the sons of folly
Chase the bubble as it flies;
How it calls on melancholy,
To record the sacrifice:
Sacrifice of heavenly treasure,
To procure a fleeting pleasure.
"An Estimate Of The Pleasures Of Life" by Elizabeth Bath

In news:

Clippers power forward Blake Griffin said he believed some changes made on the fly also were to blame.
While all attention these days is on the upcoming election, there is a public policy question of the utmost importance that's somehow flying under the radar.
On-the-fly play calling, give-and-go passing, and precise aim turn you into an offensive threat.
The Flying Heritage Collection broke ground on a 26,000-square-foot expansion of the museum.
With Corda Technologies' Highwire, users can convert Web pages into PDFs on the fly.
But detailed warnings went unheeded, and much of the planning and recovery from hurricane Sandy was done on the fly.
Concertgoers will be treated to the sounds of Southern rock band Dexateens and Fly Golden Eagle, who will be rockin' it out on the lawn.
The pioneering explorer was the first US astronaut to orbit the Earth and also was the oldest person to fly to space when he launched on the space shuttle in 1998.
A senior from Petoskey (Petoskey HS), Muller scored three goals and assisted on another in leading the Flying Dutchmen to two wins at the Bergsma Memorial Tournament.
Mike Tabor attempts a putt on hole 1 during the final four of the Flying Lea Championship held at Bancroft Bay Park on Saturday.
Aziz Ansari is on the fly .
Learning on the fly .
Money-making ideas on the fly .
On the Fly for Dec 6, 2012.
" We only have four rules, no dogs, no kids, no men and be nice," said Sallianne Brown, Sisters on the Fly member.
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In science:

During “On-The-Fly” (OTF) observing, the antenna scans a region of sky back and forth at 0.5 deg/sec speed.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
Interferometric mosaicing and On The Fly (OTF) mapping at 0.05 and 0.5 deg/s scan speeds, respectively.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
Moreover, our findings are relevant for studies focussing on the nonequilibrium physics of models with a Fermi liquid instability (FLI).
Real-time evolution for weak interaction quenches in quantum systems
Then we use the invariant FLI to explore the effects of various parameters on the dynamical transition to chaos in Sec.
Resurvey of order and chaos in spinning compact binaries
Thus, we shall particularly focus on the application of the invariant FLI.
Resurvey of order and chaos in spinning compact binaries
FLI to give a detailed discussion on the transition of the dynamics of spinning compact binaries from regular motion to chaos with variations of dynamical parameters or initial conditions.
Resurvey of order and chaos in spinning compact binaries
AddEncoding allows you to have certain browsers uncompress # information on the fly.
Software Design Document, Testing, Deployment and Configuration Management of the UUIS--a Team 2 COMP5541-W10 Project Approach
Dobb's, January 1996 C. B. Roellgen, "Visualisation of potential weakness of existingcipher engine implementations in commercial on-the-fly disk encryption software", Global IP Telecommunications, Ltd. & PMC Ciphers, Inc.
Quantum random number generators and their use in cryptography
In the case of dynamic scheduling, the basic idea is to perform resource allocation on the fly while other applications are in execution.
An Architectural Model for a Grid based Workflow Management Platform in Scientific Applications
Disaster management network should be fault tolerant. It should be configurable on the fly and should adhere to other Quality of Service (QoS) requirements of communication networks.
Doubly Optimal Secure Multicasting: Hierarchical Hybrid Communication Network : Disaster Relief
One of the advantages of this algorithm is that phase 2 is interlaced with phase 1, so we do not have to wait for complete generation of genMatrix and numbers can be read on fly as and when new elements of genMatrix are generated.
Using Quasigroups for Generating Pseudorandom Numbers
Still others are examining the possibility of on-the-fly adaptation of the OS layer, reconfiguring the available services through dynamic loading of code into the cluster operating system.
Cluster Computing White Paper
It is never-the-less probable that Biometrics has a bright future if only we look far enough ahead. This is likely to involve the simultaneous measurement of a number of personal features “on the fly” as you walk through a portal, cross correlated to enable an ID fix with eventual absolute accuracy.
Will the Butterfly Cipher keep your Network Data secure? Developments in Computer Encryption
Nicky Williams, Bruno Marre and Patricia Mouy. “On the Fly Generation of K-Path Tests for C Functions” 19th IEEE International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE '04), Linz, Austria September 20-September 24, 2004.
Heuristic Approach of Automated Test Data Generation for Program having Array of Different Dimensions and Loops with Variable Number of Iteration
Sentence score of each concept block is computed with respect to the query and feature keywords. The important sentences from the concept blocks of different web pages are extracted to compose the comparative summary on the fly.
Query sensitive comparative summarization of search results using concept based segmentation
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