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FLIGHT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does flight mean? 

FLIGHT (noun)
  The noun FLIGHT has 9 senses:

1. a formation of aircraft in flight
2. an instance of traveling by air
3. a stairway (set of steps) between one floor or landing and the next
4. the act of escaping physically
5. an air force unit smaller than a squadron
6. passing above and beyond ordinary bounds
7. the path followed by an object moving through space
8. a flock of flying birds
9. a scheduled trip by plane between designated airports

  Familiarity information: FLIGHT used as a noun is familiar.


FLIGHT (verb)
  The verb FLIGHT has 3 senses:

1. shoot a bird in flight
2. fly in a flock
3. decorate with feathers

  Familiarity information: FLIGHT used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FLIGHT (noun)


Sense 1flight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A formation of aircraft in flight

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("flight" is a kind of...):

formation (an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit)


Sense 2flight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An instance of traveling by air

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

flying; flight

Context example:

flying was still an exciting adventure for him

Hypernyms ("flight" is a kind of...):

air; air travel; aviation (travel via aircraft)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "flight"):

low level flight; terrain flight (flight at very low altitudes)

sortie ((military) an operational flight by a single aircraft (as in a military operation))

solo (a flight in which the aircraft pilot is unaccompanied)

pass (a flight or run by an aircraft over a target)

overflight (a flight by an aircraft over a particular area (especially over an area in foreign territory))

maiden flight (the first flight of its kind)

glide; gliding; sailing; sailplaning; soaring (the activity of flying a glider)

fly-by; flyover; flypast (a flight at a low altitude (usually of military aircraft) over spectators on the ground)

ballooning (flying in a balloon)

blind flying; blind landing (using only instruments for flying an aircraft because you cannot see through clouds or mists etc.)

acrobatics; aerobatics; stunt flying; stunting (the performance of stunts while in flight in an aircraft)


Sense 3flight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A stairway (set of steps) between one floor or landing and the next

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

flight of stairs; flight of steps; flight

Hypernyms ("flight" is a kind of...):

staircase; stairway (a way of access (upward and downward) consisting of a set of steps)


Sense 4flight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of escaping physically

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

escape; flight

Context examples:

he made his escape from the mental hospital / the canary escaped from its cage / his flight was an indication of his guilt

Hypernyms ("flight" is a kind of...):

running away (leaving (without permission) the place you are expected to be)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "flight"):

evasion (the act of physically escaping from something (an opponent or a pursuer or an unpleasant situation) by some adroit maneuver)

skedaddle (a hasty flight)

exodus; hegira; hejira (a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment)

getaway; lam (a rapid escape (as by criminals))

break; breakout; gaolbreak; jailbreak; prison-breaking; prisonbreak (an escape from jail)

Instance hyponyms:

Hegira; Hejira (the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 which marked the beginning of the Muslim era; the Muslim calendar begins in that year)

Underground Railroad; Underground Railway (secret aid to escaping slaves that was provided by abolitionists in the years before the American Civil War)


Sense 5flight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An air force unit smaller than a squadron

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("flight" is a kind of...):

air unit (a military unit that is part of the airforce)


Sense 6flight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Passing above and beyond ordinary bounds

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context examples:

a flight of fancy / flights of rhetoric / flights of imagination

Hypernyms ("flight" is a kind of...):

creative thinking; creativeness; creativity (the ability to create)


Sense 7flight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The path followed by an object moving through space

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

trajectory; flight

Hypernyms ("flight" is a kind of...):

mechanical phenomenon (a physical phenomenon associated with the equilibrium or motion of objects)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "flight"):

ballistic trajectory; ballistics (the trajectory of an object in free flight)

gravity-assist ((spaceflight) a trajectory that passes close to a planetary body in order to gain energy from its gravitational field)


Sense 8flight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A flock of flying birds

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("flight" is a kind of...):

flock (a group of birds)


Sense 9flight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A scheduled trip by plane between designated airports

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

I took the noon flight to Chicago

Hypernyms ("flight" is a kind of...):

trip (a journey for some purpose (usually including the return))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "flight"):

redeye; redeye flight (a night flight from which the passengers emerge with eyes red from lack of sleep)

nonstop; nonstop flight (a flight made without intermediate stops between source and destination)

international flight (a flight that takes off in one country and lands in another)

domestic flight (a flight that begins and ends in the same country)

direct flight (a flight with one or more intermediate stops but no change of aircraft)

connecting flight (a flight with an intermediate stop and a change of aircraft (possibly a change of airlines))


FLIGHT (verb)


Sense 1flight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Shoot a bird in flight

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "flight" is one way to...):

pip; shoot (kill by firing a missile)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2flight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fly in a flock

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

flighting wild geese

Hypernyms (to "flight" is one way to...):

fly; wing (travel through the air; be airborne)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 3flight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Decorate with feathers

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

fledge; flight

Context example:

fledge an arrow

Hypernyms (to "flight" is one way to...):

adorn; beautify; decorate; embellish; grace; ornament (make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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