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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈflaɪ.ɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: fly‧ing

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English fleynge, fleeʒinge, flihinde, vlyinde, vleoinde, flyand, ffleghand, flighand (also fleoninde, fleonninde, etc.), from Old English flēogende, from Proto-Germanic *fleugandz (flying), present participle of Proto-Germanic *fleuganą (to fly), equivalent to fly +‎ -ing. Cognate with Saterland Frisian fljoogend (flying), West Frisian fleanend (flying), Dutch vliegend (flying), German Low German flegend (flying), German fliegend (flying), Danish flyvende (flying), Swedish flygande (flying), Icelandic fljúgandi (flying).

AdjectiveEdit

flying (not comparable)

  1. That can fly.
    flying fox
  2. Brief or hurried.
    flying visit
  3. (nautical, of a sail) Not secured by yards.
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flying

  1. present participle of fly

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English flyinge, fleyng, fleyinge, fleynge, fleghyng, fleiʒeyng, flyeghynge, equivalent to fly +‎ -ing. Cognate with Danish flyvning (flying), Swedish flygning (flying), Norwegian flyvning, flygning, flyging, flying (flying).

NounEdit

flying (countable and uncountable, plural flyings)

  1. An act of flight.
    • 1993, John C. Greene, ‎Gladys L. H. Clark, The Dublin Stage, 1720-1745 (page 58)
      "Flyings" could vary considerably in complexity and lavishness and could involve an actor or property being either lifted from the stage into the flies above or vice versa. As Colin Visser has observed, flyings and sinkings are both "associated with supernatural manifestations of various kinds" []
 
MiG-17F flying
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