One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1While in motion or progress.‘producers were able to schedule the day's Olympic coverage on the fly’
- ‘Are your adventures carefully planned out in several notebooks, or done on the fly?’
- ‘I have numerous ways that I catch and categorize information on the fly.’
- ‘I ask you: who's speaking his heart, and who's crafting a response on the fly trying to cover all bases?’
- ‘Workers must be able to access and manage their communications on the fly, and at a moment's notice from anywhere in the world.’
- ‘Mail was picked up on the fly using a catch arm on the side of the car swung out by a Railway Mail Clerk who at the same time kicked off a sack of mail for that place.’
- ‘She's able to do a translation on the fly and read the email to you in seamless English.’
- ‘This is not so much a carelessly structured story as a story made up on the fly.’
- ‘The rap against him is he makes mistakes in coverage and has trouble adjusting on the fly.’
- ‘It is a fantastic note-taking application, which will really aid those constantly collecting data on the fly.’
- 1.1Computing During the running of a computer program without interrupting the run.
- ‘Most of the pages are generated on the fly through a database query.’
- ‘The tests even simulate how networks make bandwidth and other changes on the fly.’
- ‘Graphical charts can be generated on the fly from this data or generated as static pages at scheduled intervals.’
- ‘Volumes of storage can be allocated to application servers on the fly, without interrupting operation.’
- ‘This will provide instant access to company data in documents created on screen on the fly.’
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