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Meaning of FLY

Pronunciation:  flI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (baseball) a hit that flies high in the air
  2. [n]  two-winged insects characterized by active flight
  3. [n]  an opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or buttons concealed by a fold of cloth
  4. [n]  fisherman's lure consisting of a fishhook decorated to look like an insect
  5. [n]  flap consisting of a piece of canvas that can be drawn back to provide entrance to a tent
  6. [adj]  (British informal) not to be deceived or hoodwinked
  7. [v]  decrease rapidly, as of money
  8. [v]  change quickly from one emotional state to another; "fly into a rage"
  9. [v]  transport by aeroplane; "We fly flowers from the Caribbean to North America"
  10. [v]  hit a fly, in baseball
  11. [v]  be dispersed or disseminated; "Rumors and accusations are flying"
  12. [v]  travel in an airplane; "she is flying to Cincinnati tonight"; "Are we driving or flying?"
  13. [v]  move quickly or suddenly; "He flew about the place"
  14. [v]  travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft; "Lindbergh was the first to fly the Atlantic"
  15. [v]  cause to fly or float; "fly a kite"
  16. [v]  travel through the air; be airborne; "Man cannot fly"
  17. [v]  fly a plane
  18. [v]  pass away rapidly; "Time flies like an arrow"; "Time fleeing beneath him"
  19. [v]  to run away; "He threw down his gun and fled."
  20. [v]  display in the air or cause to float; "fly a kite"; "All nations fly their flags in front of the U.N."

FLY is a 3 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: alert, fell, flee, fly ball, fly front, fly sheet, take flight, tent flap, tent-fly, vanish, vanish
 See Also: abscond, absquatulate, airlift, alula, ball, balloon, baseball, baseball game, be adrift, bee fly, blast, blow, blow fly, blowfly, bolt, break, break loose, buzz, calypter, carry, change, control, decamp, decrease, defect, desert, diminish, Diptera, dipteran, dipteron, dipterous insect, drift, dry fly, elapse, elope, escape, fall, fish lure, fisherman's lure, flap, flat-hat, flesh fly, flight, float, fly blind, fly contact, fly on, fly tent, gadfly, garment, get away, glide, glide by, glossina, go, go along, go away, go by, go forth, go off, Haematobia irritans, hang glide, hedgehop, hit, hit, hitting, horn fly, housefly, hover, hydroplane, jet, journey, lapse, leave, lessen, lift, locomote, move, Musca domestica, opening, operate, order Diptera, pass, pop fly, rack, red-eye, run off, Sarcophaga carnaria, seaplane, show, slide by, slip away, slip by, soar, solo, stampede, streamer fly, striking, tachina fly, test fly, transport, travel, tsetse, tsetse fly, two-winged insects, tzetze, tzetze fly, wet fly



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fly\ (fl[imac]), v. i. [imp. {Flew} (fl[=u]); p. p. {Flown}
    (fl[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Flying}.] [OE. fleen, fleen,
    fleyen, flegen, AS. fle['o]gan; akin to D. vliegen, OHG.
    fliogan, G. fliegen, Icel. flj[=u]ga, Sw. flyga, Dan. flyve,
    Goth. us-flaugjan to cause to fly away, blow about, and perh.
    to L. pluma feather, E. plume. [root]84. Cf. {Fledge},
    {Flight}, {Flock} of animals.]
    1. To move in or pass thorugh the air with wings, as a bird.
    2. To move through the air or before the wind; esp., to pass
       or be driven rapidly through the air by any impulse.
    3. To float, wave, or rise in the air, as sparks or a flag.
             Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
                                                   --Job v. 7.
    4. To move or pass swiftly; to hasten away; to circulate
       rapidly; as, a ship flies on the deep; a top flies around;
       rumor flies.
             Fly, envious Time, till thou run out thy race.
             The dark waves murmured as the ships flew on.
    5. To run from danger; to attempt to escape; to flee; as, an
       enemy or a coward flies. See Note under {Flee}.
             Fly, ere evil intercept thy flight.   --Milton.
             Whither shall I fly to escape their hands ? --Shak.
    6. To move suddenly, or with violence; to do an act suddenly
       or swiftly; -- usually with a qualifying word; as, a door
       flies open; a bomb flies apart.
    {To fly about} (Naut.), to change frequently in a short time;
       -- said of the wind.
    {To fly around}, to move about in haste. [Colloq.]
    {To fly at}, to spring toward; to rush on; to attack
    {To fly in the face of}, to insult; to assail; to set at
       defiance; to oppose with violence; to act in direct
       opposition to; to resist.
    {To fly off}, to separate, or become detached suddenly; to
    {To fly on}, to attack.
    {To fly open}, to open suddenly, or with violence.
    {To fly out}.
       (a) To rush out.
       (b) To burst into a passion; to break out into license.
    {To let fly}.
       (a) To throw or drive with violence; to discharge. ``A man
           lets fly his arrow without taking any aim.''
       (b) (Naut.) To let go suddenly and entirely; as, to let
           fly the sheets.
  2. \Fly\, v. t.
    1. To cause to fly or to float in the air, as a bird, a kite,
       a flag, etc.
             The brave black flag I fly.           --W. S.
    2. To fly or flee from; to shun; to avoid.
             Sleep flies the wretch.               --Dryden.
             To fly the favors of so good a king.  --Shak.
    3. To hunt with a hawk. [Obs.] --Bacon.
    {To fly a kite} (Com.), to raise money on commercial notes.
       [Cant or Slang]
  3. \Fly\, n.; pl. {Flies} (fl[imac]z). [OE. flie, flege, AS.
    fl[=y]ge, fle['o]ge, fr. fle['o]gan to fly; akin to D. vlieg,
    OHG. flioga, G. fliege, Icel. & Sw. fluga, Dan. flue. [root]
    84. See {Fly}, v. i.]
    1. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) Any winged insect; esp., one with transparent wings;
           as, the Spanish fly; firefly; gall fly; dragon fly.
       (b) Any dipterous insect; as, the house fly; flesh fly;
           black fly. See {Diptera}, and Illust. in Append.
    2. A hook dressed in imitation of a fly, -- used for fishing.
       ``The fur-wrought fly.'' --Gay.
    3. A familiar spirit; a witch's attendant. [Obs.]
             A trifling fly, none of your great familiars. --B.
    4. A parasite. [Obs.] --Massinger.
    5. A kind of light carriage for rapid transit, plying for
       hire and usually drawn by one horse. [Eng.]
    6. The length of an extended flag from its staff; sometimes,
       the length from the ``union'' to the extreme end.
    7. The part of a vane pointing the direction from which the
       wind blows.
    8. (Naut.) That part of a compass on which the points are
       marked; the compass card. --Totten.
    9. (Mech.)
       (a) Two or more vanes set on a revolving axis, to act as a
           fanner, or to equalize or impede the motion of
           machinery by the resistance of the air, as in the
           striking part of a clock.
       (b) A heavy wheel, or cross arms with weights at the ends
           on a revolving axis, to regulate or equalize the
           motion of machinery by means of its inertia, where the
           power communicated, or the resistance to be overcome,
           is variable, as in the steam engine or the coining
           press. See {Fly wheel} (below).
    10. (Knitting Machine) The piece hinged to the needle, which
        holds the engaged loop in position while the needle is
        penetrating another loop; a latch. --Knight.
    11. The pair of arms revolving around the bobbin, in a
        spinning wheel or spinning frame, to twist the yarn.
    12. (Weaving) A shuttle driven through the shed by a blow or
        jerk. --Knight.
        (a) Formerly, the person who took the printed sheets from
            the press.
        (b) A vibrating frame with fingers, attached to a power
            to a power printing press for doing the same work.
    14. The outer canvas of a tent with double top, usually drawn
        over the ridgepole, but so extended as to touch the roof
        of the tent at no other place.
    15. One of the upper screens of a stage in a theater.
    16. The fore flap of a bootee; also, a lap on trousers,
        overcoats, etc., to conceal a row of buttons.
    17. (Baseball) A batted ball that flies to a considerable
        distance, usually high in the air; also, the flight of a
        ball so struck; as, it was caught on the fly.
    {Black fly}, {Cheese fly}, {Dragon fly, etc.} See under
       {Black}, {Cheese}, etc. -- {Fly agaric} (Bot.), a mushroom
       ({Agaricus muscarius}), having a narcotic juice which, in
       sufficient quantities, is poisonous. -- {Fly block}
       (Naut.), a pulley whose position shifts to suit the
       working of the tackle with which it is connected; -- used
       in the hoisting tackle of yards. -- {Fly board} (Printing
       Press), the board on which printed sheets are deposited by
       the fly. -- {Fly book}, a case in the form of a book for
       anglers' flies. --Kingsley.{Fly cap}, a cap with wings,
       formerly worn by women. -- {Fly drill}, a drill having a
       reciprocating motion controlled by a fly wheel, the
       driving power being applied by the hand through a cord
       winding in reverse directions upon the spindle as it
       rotates backward and forward. --Knight.{Fly fishing}, the
       act or art of angling with a bait of natural or artificial
       flies. --Walton.{Fly flap}, an implement for killing
       flies. -- {Fly governor}, a governor for regulating the
       speed of an engine, etc., by the resistance of vanes
       revolving in the air. -- {Fly honeysuckle} (Bot.), a plant
       of the honeysuckle genus ({Lonicera}), having a bushy stem
       and the flowers in pairs, as {L. ciliata} and {L.
       Xylosteum}. -- {Fly hook}, a fishhook supplied with an
       artificial fly. -- {Fly leaf}, an unprinted leaf at the
       beginning or end of a book, circular, programme, etc. --
    {Fly maggot}, a maggot bred from the egg of a fly. --Ray.
    {Fly net}, a screen to exclude insects.
    {Fly nut} (Mach.), a nut with wings; a thumb nut; a finger
    {Fly orchis} (Bot.), a plant ({Ophrys muscifera}), whose
       flowers resemble flies.
    {Fly paper}, poisoned or sticky paper for killing flies that
       feed upon or are entangled by it.
    {Fly powder}, an arsenical powder used to poison flies.
    {Fly press}, a screw press for punching, embossing, etc.,
       operated by hand and having a heavy fly.
    {Fly rail}, a bracket which turns out to support the hinged
       leaf of a table.
    {Fly rod}, a light fishing rod used in angling with a fly.
    {Fly sheet}, a small loose advertising sheet; a handbill.
    {Fly snapper} (Zo["o]l.), an American bird ({Phainopepla
       nitens}), allied to the chatterers and shrikes. The male
       is glossy blue-black; the female brownish gray.
    {Fly wheel} (Mach.), a heavy wheel attached to machinery to
       equalize the movement (opposing any sudden acceleration by
       its inertia and any retardation by its momentum), and to
       accumulate or give out energy for a variable or
       intermitting resistance. See {Fly}, n., 9.
    {On the fly} (Baseball), still in the air; -- said of a
       batted ball caught before touching the ground.
  4. \Fly\, a.
    Knowing; wide awake; fully understanding another's meaning.
    [Slang] --Dickens.
  5. \Fly\, v. t.
    To manage (an aircraft) in flight; as, to fly an
  6. \Fly\, n. (Cotton Manuf.)
    Waste cotton.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing flies in your dream, symbolizes feelings of guilt or a breakdown of a plan. Flies may also forewarn of a contagious sickness or a surrounding of enemies. Dreaming that you kill or exterminate the flies means that you will regain your honor after you fell from grace and will be recapture the heart of your intended.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A genus of small flies which are extensively used as test animals to study genetics, cell biology, and developmental biology. The most well-known species used is Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Heb. zebub, (Eccl. 10:1; Isa. 7:18). This fly was so grievous a pest that the Phoenicians invoked against it the aid of their god Baal-zebub (q.v.). The prophet Isaiah (7:18) alludes to some poisonous fly which was believed to be found on the confines of Egypt, and which would be called by the Lord. Poisonous flies exist in many parts of Africa, for instance, the different kinds of tsetse.

Heb. 'arob, the name given to the insects sent as a plague on the land of Egypt (Ex. 8:21-31; Ps. 78:45; 105:31). The LXX. render this by a word which means the "dog-fly," the cynomuia. The Jewish commentators regarded the Hebrew word here as connected with the word _'arab_, which means "mingled;" and they accordingly supposed the plague to consist of a mixed multitude of animals, beasts, reptiles, and insects. But there is no doubt that "the _'arab_" denotes a single definite species. Some interpreters regard it as the Blatta orientalis, the cockroach, a species of beetle. These insects "inflict very painful bites with their jaws; gnaw and destroy clothes, household furniture, leather, and articles of every kind, and either consume or render unavailable all eatables."

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