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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English flight, from Old English flyht(flight), from Proto-Germanic *fluhtiz(flight), derived from *fleuganą(to fly), from Proto-Indo-European *plewk-(to fly), enlargement of *plew-(flow). Cognate with West Frisian flecht(flight), Dutch vlucht(flight), German Flucht(flight) (etymology 2).


flight (countable and uncountable, plural flights)

A jet in flight
  1. The act of flying.
    Birds are capable of flight
  2. An instance of flying.
    The migrating birds' flight took them to Africa.
  3. A collective term for doves or swallows.
  4. A trip made by an aircraft, particularly one between two cities or countries, which is often planned or reserved in advance.
    The flight to Paris leaves at 7 o'clock tonight
    Where is the departure gate for flight 747? / Go straight down and to the right.
  5. A set of stairs or an escalator. A series of stairs between landings.
  6. A floor which is reached by stairs or escalators.
    How many flights is it up?
  7. A feather on an arrow or dart used to help it follow an even path.
  8. A paper plane.
  9. (cricket) The movement of a spinning ball through the air - concerns its speed, trajectory and drift.
  10. The ballistic trajectory of an arrow or other projectile.
  11. An aerodynamic surface designed to guide such a projectile's trajectory.
  12. An air force unit.
  13. Several sample glasses of a specific wine varietal or other beverage. The pours are smaller than a full glass and the flight will generally include three to five different samples.
  14. (engineering) The shaped material forming the thread of a screw.
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flight (comparative more flight, superlative most flight)

  1. (obsolete) Fast, swift.


flight (third-person singular simple present flights, present participle flighting, simple past and past participle flighted)

  1. (cricket, of a spin bowler) To throw the ball in such a way that it has more airtime and more spin than usual.

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Appendix:English collective nouns

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English, from Old English flyht, from Proto-Germanic *fluhtiz, derived from *fleuhaną(to flee). Cognate with Dutch vlucht and German Flucht (etymology 1).


flight (countable and uncountable, plural flights)

  1. The act of fleeing.
    take flight
    the flight of a refugee

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Middle English[edit]


From Old English flyht.


flight (plural flights)

  1. flight (act of flying)