From Middle English flight, from Old English flyht (“flight”), from Proto-West Germanic *fluhti (“flight”), derived from *fleuganą (“to fly”), from Proto-Indo-European *plewk- (“to fly”), enlargement of *plew- (“flow”). Analyzable as fly + -t (variant of -th).
Cognate with West Frisian flecht (“flight”), Dutch vlucht (“flight”), German Flucht (“flight”) (etymology 2).
flight (countable and uncountable, plural flights)
- The act of flying.
- Most birds are capable of flight.
- An instance of flying.
- The migrating birds' flight took them to Africa.
- (collective) A collective term for doves or swallows.
- a flight of swallows
- 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.
- A series of stairs between landings.
- 1967, Sleigh, Barbara, Jessamy, 1993 edition, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, →ISBN, page 84:
- She crept up the stairs [...] On she went, across the landing, from which sprang the tall window, and up the next flight until she reached the top.
- A group of canal locks with a short distance between them
- A floor which is reached by stairs or escalators.
- How many flights is it up?
- The feathers on an arrow or dart used to help it follow an even path.
- c. 1596–1598 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene i], page 164:
- Baſſ. In my ſchoole dayes, when I had loſt one ſhaft / I ſhot his fellow of the ſelfeſame flight / The ſelfeſame way, with more aduiſed watch / To finde the other forth, and by aduenturing both, / I oft found both. I vrge this child-hoode proofe, […]
- A paper airplane. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (cricket) The movement of a spinning ball through the air - concerns its speed, trajectory and drift.
- The ballistic trajectory of an arrow or other projectile.
- An aerodynamic surface designed to guide such a projectile's trajectory.
- An air force unit.
- 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.
- (engineering) The shaped material forming the thread of a screw.
- An episode of imaginative thinking or dreaming.
- a flight of fancy; a flight of the imagination
- black flight
- bus-stop flight
- controlled flight into terrain
- death flight
- fight or flight
- first flight cover
- flight attendant
- flight bubble
- flight capital
- flight ceiling
- flight code
- flight control
- flight controller
- flight crew
- flight deck
- flight director
- flight engineer
- flight envelope
- flight feather
- flight information region
- flight instrument
- flight interruption manifest
- flight jacket
- flight lieutenant
- flight line
- flight mode
- flight number
- flight nurse
- flight of earls
- flight plan
- flight risk
- flight sequence
- flight sock
- flight square
- flight status
- flight suit
- flight ticket
- ghost flight
- in flight
- Pindaric flight
- time of flight
- top flight
- white flight
- wine flight
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
flight (comparative more flight, superlative most flight)
flight (third-person singular simple present flights, present participle flighting, simple past and past participle flighted)
- (cricket, of a spin bowler) To throw the ball in such a way that it has more airtime and more spin than usual.
- (sports, by extension, transitive) To throw or kick something so as to send it flying with more loft or airtime than usual.
- 2017 March 14, Stuart James, “Leicester stun Sevilla to reach last eight after Kasper Schmeichel save”, in the Guardian:
- Riyad Mahrez flighted the free-kick that followed to the far post and Morgan, with not much finesse but plenty of desire, bundled the ball over the line. Cue pandemonium in the stands.
Appendix:English collective nouns
From Middle English, from Old English flyht, from Proto-West Germanic *fluhti, derived from *fleuhaną (“to flee”). Analyzable as flee + -t (variant of -th). Cognate with Dutch vlucht, German Flucht (etymology 1).
flight (countable and uncountable, plural flights)
- The act of fleeing.
- take flight
- the flight of a refugee
- 1859, Edward Fitzgerald, The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám: The Astronomer-Poet of Persia, page 1:
- Awake! for Morning in the Bowl of Night,
Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight:
And Lo! the Hunter of the East has caught
The Sultán's Turret in a Noose of light.
- 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide
- But the sight of her eyes was not a thing to forget. John Dodds said they were the een of a deer with the Devil ahint them; and indeed, they would so appal an onlooker that a sudden unreasoning terror came into his heart, while his feet would impel him to flight.
From Old English flyht.
flight (plural flights)
- flight (act of flying)
Borrowed from English flight. Attested since 1967.
- a flight ((regular) trip made by a passenger aircraft)
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