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FLY (flew, flown)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fly mean? 

FLY (noun)
  The noun FLY has 5 senses:

1. two-winged insects characterized by active flight
2. flap consisting of a piece of canvas that can be drawn back to provide entrance to a tent
3. an opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or by buttons concealed under a fold of cloth
4. (baseball) a hit that flies up in the air
5. fisherman's lure consisting of a fishhook decorated to look like an insect

  Familiarity information: FLY used as a noun is common.


FLY (adjective)
  The adjective FLY has 1 sense:

1. (British informal) not to be deceived or hoodwinked

  Familiarity information: FLY used as an adjective is very rare.


FLY (verb)
  The verb FLY has 14 senses:

1. travel through the air; be airborne
2. move quickly or suddenly
3. fly a plane
4. transport by aeroplane
5. cause to fly or float
6. be dispersed or disseminated
7. change quickly from one emotional state to another
8. pass away rapidly
9. travel in an airplane
10. display in the air or cause to float
11. run away quickly
12. travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft
13. hit a fly
14. decrease rapidly and disappear

  Familiarity information: FLY used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


FLY (noun)


Sense 1fly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Two-winged insects characterized by active flight

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

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

dipteran; dipteron; dipterous insect; two-winged insects (insects having usually a single pair of functional wings (anterior pair) with the posterior pair reduced to small knobbed structures and mouth parts adapted for sucking or lapping or piercing)

Meronyms (parts of "fly"):

alula; calypter (scalelike structure between the base of the wing and the halter of a two-winged fly)

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

Haematobia irritans; horn fly (small black European fly introduced into North America; sucks blood from cattle especially at the base of the horn)

bee fly (hairy nectar-eating fly that resembles a bee; larvae are parasitic on larvae of bees and related insects)

gadfly (any of various large flies that annoy livestock)

flesh fly; Sarcophaga carnaria (fly whose larvae feed on carrion or the flesh of living animals)

blow fly; blowfly (large usually hairy metallic blue or green fly; lays eggs in carrion or dung or wounds)

glossina; tsetse; tsetse fly; tzetze; tzetze fly (bloodsucking African fly; transmits sleeping sickness etc.)

house fly; housefly; Musca domestica (common fly that frequents human habitations and spreads many diseases)

tachina fly (bristly fly whose larvae live parasitically in caterpillars and other insects; important in control of noxious insects)

Holonyms ("fly" is a member of...):

Diptera; order Diptera (a large order of insects having a single pair of wings and sucking or piercing mouths; includes true flies and mosquitoes and gnats and crane flies)


Sense 2fly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

tent-fly; tent flap; rainfly; fly sheet; fly

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

flap (any broad thin and limber covering attached at one edge; hangs loose or projects freely)

Holonyms ("fly" is a part of...):

fly tent (a tent with a fly front)


Sense 3fly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or by buttons concealed under a fold of cloth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

fly front; fly

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

opening (a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made)

Holonyms ("fly" is a part of...):

garment (an article of clothing)


Sense 4fly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(baseball) a hit that flies up in the air

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

fly ball; fly

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

hit; hitting; striking (the act of contacting one thing with another)

Domain category:

baseball; baseball game (a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs)

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

blast (a very long fly ball)

pop fly; pop-fly; pop-up (a short high fly ball)

line drive; liner ((baseball) a hit that flies straight out from the batter)

flare ((baseball) a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield)

Texas leaguer ((baseball) a fly ball that falls between and infielder and an outfielder)


Sense 5fly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

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

fish lure; fisherman's lure ((angling) any bright artificial bait consisting of plastic or metal mounted with hooks and trimmed with feathers)

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

wet fly (fisherman's fly that floats under the surface of the water)

streamer fly (an artificial fly that has wings extending back beyond the crook of the fishhook)

dry fly (a fly (fisherman's lure) that skims the surface of the water)


FLY (adjective)


Sense 1fly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(British informal) not to be deceived or hoodwinked

Similar:

alert (very attentive or observant)

Domain region:

Britain; GB; Great Britain; U.K.; UK; United Kingdom; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


FLY (verb)


Sense 1fly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Travel through the air; be airborne

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

fly; wing

Context example:

Man cannot fly

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

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fly"):

hover (hang in the air; fly or be suspended above)

soar (fly upwards or high in the sky)

fly on (continue flying)

flight (fly in a flock)

rack (fly in high wind)

buzz (fly low)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence examples:

Some big birds fly in the tree
There fly some big birds in the tree


Sense 2fly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move quickly or suddenly

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

He flew about the place

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

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3fly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fly a plane

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

pilot; aviate; fly

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

control; operate (handle and cause to function)

"Fly" entails doing...:

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

Domain category:

aircraft (a vehicle that can fly)

air; air travel; aviation (travel via aircraft)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fly"):

hang glide; soar (fly by means of a hang glider)

flat-hat; hedgehop (fly very close to the ground)

balloon (ride in a hot-air balloon)

hydroplane; seaplane (glide on the water in a hydroplane)

glide (fly in or as if in a glider plane)

jet (fly a jet plane)

test fly (test a plane)

solo (fly alone, without a co-pilot or passengers)

fly contact (fly a plane by using visible landmarks or points of reference)

fly blind (fly an airplane solely by relying on instruments)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4fly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Transport by aeroplane

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

We fly flowers from the Caribbean to North America

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

carry; transport (move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fly"):

airlift; lift (fly people or goods to or from places not accessible by other means)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 5fly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to fly or float

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

fly a kite

Cause:

be adrift; blow; drift; float (be in motion due to some air or water current)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fly"):

kite (fly a kite)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6fly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be dispersed or disseminated

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

Rumors and accusations are flying

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

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 7fly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Change quickly from one emotional state to another

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

fly into a rage

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

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 8fly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pass away rapidly

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

fell; vanish; fly

Context examples:

Time flies like an arrow / Time fleeing beneath him

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

elapse; glide by; go along; go by; lapse; pass; slide by; slip away; slip by (pass by)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 9fly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Travel in an airplane

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context examples:

she is flying to Cincinnati tonight / Are we driving or flying?

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

travel (undergo transportation as in a vehicle)

Domain category:

air; air travel; aviation (travel via aircraft)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fly"):

red-eye (travel on an overnight flight)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 10fly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Display in the air or cause to float

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context examples:

fly a kite / All nations fly their flags in front of the U.N.

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

show (make visible or noticeable)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 11fly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Run away quickly

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

take flight; flee; fly

Context example:

He threw down his gun and fled

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

break away; bunk; escape; fly the coop; head for the hills; hightail it; lam; run; run away; scarper; scat; take to the woods; turn tail (flee; take to one's heels; cut and run)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fly"):

high-tail (retreat at full speed)

break loose; escape; get away (run away from confinement)

elope; run off (run away secretly with one's beloved)

abscond; absquatulate; bolt; decamp; go off; make off; run off (run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along)

stampede (run away in a stampede)

break (make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing)

defect; desert (desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 12fly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

Lindbergh was the first to fly the Atlantic

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

journey; travel (travel upon or across)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

These men fly the river


Sense 13fly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hit a fly

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

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

hit (cause to move by striking)

Domain category:

baseball; baseball game (a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 14fly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Decrease rapidly and disappear

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

vaporize; vanish; fly

Context examples:

the money vanished in las Vegas / all my stock assets have vaporized

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

decrease; diminish; fall; lessen (decrease in size, extent, or range)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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