Main definitions of fleet in English

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fleet1

noun

  • 1A group of ships sailing together, engaged in the same activity, or under the same ownership:

    ‘the small port supports a fishing fleet’
    ‘a fleet of battleships’
    • ‘From evidence found at the site, a fleet of 120 Viking ships occupied the Woodstown site about 812.’
    • ‘Moore talks of spearheading ‘the new cavalry’, which means a fleet of helicopter gun ships.’
    • ‘He met what he supposed was a fleet of Norse trading ships and directed the sailors to the nearby royal estate.’
    • ‘In 1588 the world's most powerful empire launched a fleet of ships against a small maritime nation.’
    • ‘Through viticultural enterprise, the monastery became extremely powerful, owning a fleet of ships which sailed the Rhine.’
    • ‘In 1210, he invaded Ireland with a fleet of 700 ships carrying his feudal host and a force of Flemish mercenaries.’
    • ‘Although he also created advertisements and logos and executed historical murals for public schools and a fleet of cruise ships, he did little easel painting.’
    • ‘We will sail in a fleet of five ships; the Conquest, Avenger, Illusion, Sea Queen, and Voyager.’
    • ‘This time, he captained a fleet of four ships and was charged with finding a westward sea passage to East Asia.’
    • ‘The bad weather has hampered the work of a fleet of clean-up ships which have been sent by countries from around Europe.’
    • ‘The Big Ship, Reynard, was the largest in the fleet of appropriated sailing ships that Claw's organization was running.’
    • ‘Holland America Cruise has a fleet of 12 luxury ships sailing to all the continents across more than 280 ports.’
    • ‘In July 1497 Vasco da Gama left Lisbon with 170 men in a fleet of four heavy ships, each carrying 20 guns and a variety of trade goods.’
    • ‘It seems that in 1678 the French planned to attack the Dutch with a fleet of 20 ships.’
    • ‘A fleet of thirteen ships and over 36,000 troops set forth for Alexandria, at the mouth of the Nile, in June 1798, conquering Malta on the way.’
    • ‘At the same time, they sent a fleet of 100 ships to the Peloponnese.’
    • ‘Again the screen flickered, changing the view to a fleet of magnificent shimmering ships.’
    • ‘Among the ships are a fleet of wooden steamships, built to serve in World War I but then abandoned and brought here to be salvaged.’
    • ‘The name comes from a hurricane that struck the area in 1715, wrecking a fleet of Spanish treasure ships en route from Havana to Spain.’
    • ‘Where it once had a fleet of 15 ships, it now has three, with another ship being reactivated later this year.’
    1. 1.1the fleet A country's navy:
      ‘the US fleet’
      • ‘The comte de Rochambeau had already begun planning for a siege at Yorktown when he requested assistance from the commander of the French fleet in the Caribbean.’
      navy, naval force, armada, flotilla, squadron, convoy, column
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    2. 1.2 A number of vehicles or aircraft operating together or under the same ownership:
      ‘a fleet of ambulances took the injured to hospital’
      • ‘A fleet of 150 vehicles will be set up in West Yorkshire with about eight of them expected to be allocated to Bradford within 12 months.’
      • ‘A fleet of vintage vehicles form the centre of attraction.’
      • ‘It operates a fleet of 13 Boeing 737-300s, and employs around 650 people.’
      • ‘The company is now conducting a review of all its operations which include 33 tour operators, 3,600 travel agents and a fleet of 83 aircraft.’
      • ‘We operate a fleet of six aircraft; one of which is used as a dedicated stand-by aircraft.’
      • ‘Indeed a number of councils have considered operating their own vehicle fleets in order to undermine the market strength of the powerful bus groups.’
      • ‘How would you operate a fleet of large, sophisticated aircraft?’
      • ‘A fleet of vehicles would be at the disposal of every booking office for instant pickup and delivery, he added.’
      • ‘The US operates a fleet of more than 15,000 aircraft, including 20 stealth bombers in service.’
      • ‘It operates a modern fleet of 21 aircraft, linking destinations in north and central Italy with airports in Germany and other European countries.’
      • ‘It's not a very big airline (a fleet of 56 aircraft) yet it manages fatal crash after fatal crash.’
      • ‘It consists of 5,000 trained volunteer men and women and maintains a fleet of over 130 vehicles and ambulances.’
      • ‘At lunchtime on August 15, radar operators near Scarborough picked up signals from a fleet of German aircraft heading over the North Sea.’
      • ‘The sirens have been fitted to 18 ambulances and 10 other emergency vehicles out of a fleet of 50 vehicles.’
      • ‘The airline now operates with a fleet of 367 aircraft, 6 fewer than last year.’
      • ‘This county's brigade currently relies on a fleet of 24 vehicles, many of which are more than 20 years old.’
      • ‘Kent ambulance service has denied it is running a fleet of dirty vehicles after a report criticised cleaning procedures.’
      • ‘Today it is regarded as one of the best equipped, most efficient and most economical in the country with a fleet of 24 vehicles.’
      • ‘It has a fleet of 28 aircraft and transports 6.6 million passengers a year.’
      • ‘A fleet of 87 buses operated there when it closed in January, 1986.’

Origin

Old English flēot ‘ship, shipping’, from flēotan ‘float, swim’(see fleet).

Pronunciation:

fleet

/fliːt/

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fleet2

adjective

literary
  • Fast and nimble in movement:

    ‘a man of advancing years, but fleet of foot’

Origin

Early 16th century: probably from Old Norse fljótr, of Germanic origin and related to fleet.

Pronunciation:

fleet

/fliːt/

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fleet3

noun

  • 1dialect A marshland creek, channel, or ditch.

    • ‘Sam explained that the 3,000 acres of the Nature Reserve is the largest in the English lowlands, the main area being grazing marsh divided by a network of ditches and fleets.’
    • ‘The ditches, dikes and reed-edged fleets that crisscross the grazing marshes here are rich in invertebrates, including the scarce emerald damselfly.’
  • 2A stream, now wholly underground, running into the Thames east of Fleet Street.

    1. 2.1historical A prison that stood near the Fleet.

Origin

Old English flēot, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vliet, also to fleet.

Pronunciation:

fleet

/fliːt/

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fleet4

verb

[NO OBJECT]literary
  • 1 Move or pass quickly:

    ‘a variety of expressions fleeted across his face’
    1. 1.1[with object] Pass (time) rapidly:
      ‘we fleeted the time carelessly’
    2. 1.2 Fade away; be transitory:
      ‘the cares of boyhood fleet away’

Origin

Old English flēotan ‘float, swim’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vlieten and German fliessen, also to flit and float.

Pronunciation:

fleet

/fliːt/

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fleet5

adjective

dialect
  • (of water) shallow.

adverb

dialect
  • At or to a small depth.

Origin

Early 17th century: perhaps based on an Old English cognate of Dutch vloot shallow and related to fleet.

Pronunciation:

fleet

/fliːt/