Definition of flying in English:

flying

adjective

  • 1Moving or able to move through the air with wings.

    ‘a flying ant’
    • ‘For example, a long history of hanging webs would mean spiders have been influencing the evolution of flying insects for millions of years.’
    • ‘At the time it left Australia, it was the oldest registered flying aircraft in the country.’
    • ‘Ever since humankind first had the capacity to wonder, the sight of a flying animal must have been astounding.’
    • ‘The handgrip was in the shape of a flying creature with outstretched wings that he immediately identified as a dragon.’
    • ‘What most gardeners call thrips are the larvae of a flying insect entomologists group in the suborder Terebrantia.’
    • ‘There is, for example, a set of food dishes in the stylized shape of flying plovers, their wings glazed a deep green.’
    • ‘For many flying animals, natural and sexual selection likely work in concert to promote enhanced maneuverability.’
    • ‘Since there were as yet no birds, flying insect predators were probably much more common.’
    • ‘In fact, there are no flying insects known for almost a hundred million years after the Ludlow.’
    • ‘During the post-fledging period adults will feed the flying chicks, for up to nine months in some species.’
    • ‘Swallows, swifts and nighthawks, all pursuing flying insects, fly erratically.’
    • ‘His name is Rocky, and he is a flying rooster from America who has escaped from a circus.’
    • ‘The largest of the North American native waterfowl and one of our heaviest flying birds, the Trumpeter Swan is large and white.’
    • ‘The only problem is the amount of flying ants about at the moment - only had to pick one out of the tagliatelle though.’
    • ‘Flight-line personnel moved from OMS into the tactical flying squadrons.’
    • ‘The Olive-sided Flycatcher sits high in a treetop, darting out after a flying insect, then returns to its perch.’
    • ‘According to bug scientists behind the find, this is the greatest degree of wing asymmetry yet seen in any insect, bird, or other flying animal.’
    • ‘Spiders have evolved several strategies to exploit the responses of flying insects to visual signals.’
    • ‘For aerodynamic reasons there is an inverse relationship between the size of a flying animal and the wing-stroke frequency needed to keep it in the air.’
    • ‘This will be the first helicopter and Vietnam-era aircraft to join our flying fleet.’
    airborne, in the air, in flight
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    1. 1.1 Moving rapidly, especially through the air.
      ‘one passenger was cut by flying glass’
      • ‘The primary risks in these injuries are being caught in the machine or being struck by flying objects.’
      • ‘A total of 31 soldiers were wounded, mostly by debris and flying glass.’
      • ‘Others, including women, were punched, kicked and hit by flying bottles during the incident at the park in July last year.’
      • ‘Already we have a report of one man suffering leg injuries as a result of the flying glass and other debris.’
      • ‘Residents said at least five civilians were also wounded by flying debris.’
      • ‘However, the Evening Press understands that a bystander on the pavement suffered a cut to his face caused by flying glass.’
      • ‘She dodged the flying body and kicked Lars hard enough to crush his skull.’
      • ‘Up to 100 people are injured - mostly from flying glass.’
      • ‘Many had cuts to their face from flying glass, others with broken bones, many more were suffering from shock.’
      • ‘When Carroll rejoined, the track had gone off and it took a couple of tours before the flying Irishman was able to put in another quick lap.’
      • ‘People can be badly hurt by flying glass, it can even be life-threatening.’
      • ‘One person has already been injured by flying glass and had to be treated for cuts.’
      • ‘A couple of people suffered minor cuts from flying glass, but it was at the end of the night so there were not many people there.’
      • ‘Others dodge flying debris kicked up by fierce storm gusts.’
      • ‘The other factor niggling away at me was the fact that a year before a tourist had been killed by a flying rock the size of a bus!’
      • ‘Manywere seen wearing bandages on their hands and faces after receiving cuts from the flying shards of glass.’
      • ‘Several hostages were injured by flying glass.’
      • ‘The close-quarter action photography with gristle and bone is spliced with dizzy shots of flying masonry launched by ginormous trebuchets.’
      • ‘He suffered cuts from flying glass from the blast.’
      • ‘They escaped with minor injuries, thought to have been caused by flying glass.’
    2. 1.2 Done while hurling oneself through the air.
      ‘he took a flying kick at a policeman’
      • ‘When he was five feet away, he jumped into a flying kick.’
      • ‘Not wasting time, I ran at him, and leapt into a flying kick.’
      • ‘I rushed at him, and leapt into a flying kick connecting with his face.’
      • ‘He may not know a flying drop kick from a toehold, but he created the opening salvo in a soon to be exploitation standard.’
      • ‘It was obvious from his tone that he didn't believe it, and the flying kick that followed next was a further sign.’
      • ‘Mark dodged a flying kick and tripped the second guard.’
      • ‘Randall ducked under the flying tackle and heaved a pass 60 yards off his back foot.’
      • ‘The mugging victim was probably killed by a flying karate kick, police revealed today.’
      • ‘He charged forward and hit the metal door with a flying kick.’
      • ‘Finally he launches himself into a flying rugby tackle and vanishes from view.’
      • ‘As soon as she entered the room, she launched into a vicious flying side kick.’
      • ‘She launched herself in a flying tackle at Ian's midriff, knocking the wind out of him and sending the two to the ground.’
      • ‘I had a yellow belt in tae kwan do, but they only taught me rubbish stuff like bowing and none of the good stuff like flying kicks and how to break wood just by looking at it.’
      • ‘At his subsequent trial for threatening language and behaviour, he attacked the prosecution counsel after being found guilty, leaping over a bench and executing a flying kick of his own.’
      • ‘John won a gold medal in the flying kicks event for the under-13's.’
      • ‘Launching into a vicious flying kick, Buffy took the speaker down, and the battle was joined.’
      • ‘He took a flying kick at it and struck it heavily with his boot.’
      • ‘Finally Billy was knocked to the mats by a flying kick.’
      • ‘She immediately ran out of her room and took a flying leap at the intruder.’
      • ‘I was innocently walking with my friend, when Stephen ran at me from behind, jumped up, and gave me a tremendous flying kick in the back.’
    3. 1.3 Hasty; brief.
      ‘a flying visit’
      • ‘Earlier this month the Duke made a flying visit to the Far East in his role as special representative for international investment and trade and is believed to have met the woman again.’
      • ‘Admittedly Houllier made a flying visit to Liverpool's Melwood training ground last week to rally the troops before being sent packing for more rest by his doctors.’
      • ‘Having put her portrait skills at the disposal of 70 tourists, Una, who studied at Limerick College of Art, paid a flying visit to Killarney.’
      • ‘Matt Williams is on a flying visit to Edinburgh to sort out fine details of his new posting: meeting with finance people, marketing staff and various administrators.’
      • ‘11.20 am: The surgeon makes a flying visit to the Australian Orthopoedic Association conference.’
      • ‘A Bald Eagle called Alaska swooped in on a flying visit and certainly attracted plenty of attention among the surprised shoppers on O'Connell Street.’
      • ‘Mr Geoffrey John paid a flying visit to Orkney to find out more about the county's food and drink businesses and went away ‘tremendously impressed’ by what he saw.’
      • ‘Despite her setback, Eve still enjoyed her flying visit to New York.’
      • ‘I shall never forget that first flying visit to Dresden.’
      • ‘My parents made a flying visit and I'm working lots.’
      • ‘As the water levels subsided, the Duke of York made a flying visit to the flood zone, which extended to Stamford Bridge over the border in the East Riding and beyond to Elvington, near York.’
      • ‘If you don't mind putting in the leg work and feeling you could dedicate your life to wandering around it, Rome rewards pilgrims and sightseers alike - even those on a flying visit.’
      • ‘Devonport Naval Base played host to Jimmy ‘the Whirlwind’ White when the snooker ace made a flying visit to Plymouth.’
      • ‘‘It was the thing that made the movie,’ admits LaBute, on a flying visit to London from the Deauville Film Festival in France.’
      • ‘A flying visit from Graham's parents didn't help.’
      • ‘The Irish Lights vessel ‘Granuaile’ paid a flying visit to the bay earlier in the week to service the Blackrock Lighthouse.’
      • ‘Aughagower Community Centre will receive one of its most popular visitors on Tuesday, December 17th when Santa makes a flying visit to the area.’
      • ‘This unexpected visitor began to arrive at Mary Forde's home last week and after a flying visit in and out has now decided to set up home permanently.’
      • ‘I'd been inside once before on a flying visit, and this was the first time I'd been in since when the weather was decent and the lighting made it worthwhile to take photos.’
      • ‘On Saturday, on his return from his brief and much publicised flying visit home to England, he repeated the message to a higher authority.’
      brief, short, whistle-stop, lightning, fleeting, hasty, rushed, hurried, quick, cursory, perfunctory
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    4. 1.4 Used in names of animals that can glide by using winglike membranes or other structures, e.g., flying squirrel.

noun

  • Flight, especially in an aircraft.

    ‘she hates flying’
    • ‘Cardholders will get free entry to certain sports clubs and discounts on activities such as ultralight flying, diving and climbing expeditions.’
    • ‘No display flying could be performed on the weekend due to the wet weather.’
    • ‘None of us ever considered such flying to be unusual or hazardous, although of course it was.’
    • ‘Without private flying in Namibia, the supply of Namibian commercial pilots will soon dry up and stop, he said.’
    • ‘Flying consumes a great deal of energy, and so, we reasoned, the energy demands of flying would compete with the energy needed to fuel the immune response.’
    • ‘Model aircraft flying is a training ground for serious pilots and the Lismore club has spawned a number of full time aviators.’
    • ‘‘For me and for most cadets, the first challenge of the training is solo flying,’ Tu said.’
    • ‘There is an air field at the campus as well, started for military training and flying during World War II.’
    • ‘He loves flying; his brother is a professional pilot and Michael himself has a pilot's licence.’
    • ‘Other regulations are similar to those governing private flying in the West.’
    • ‘There was no flying, of course, as the ramps, runways and aircraft were also ice covered.’
    • ‘It's no secret that one way to keep the hourly cost of flying under control is to own the airplane you fly.’
    • ‘We've been talking about specific phobias, such as the fear of flying, heights or animals.’
    • ‘The best place to begin winter flying is in a warm hangar with your mechanic.’
    • ‘Advanced warnings are normally issued to the public about exercises involving low flying so people do not become alarmed at sudden aircraft noises, particularly at night.’
    • ‘Its operations include recreational and commercial flying, training and instruction as well as some business travel.’
    • ‘This also includes such environments as deep sea diving, solo flying, and Antarctic overwintering.’
    • ‘Then, when things went sour, they saved the day with an emergency evacuation by some incredibly skillful flying.’
    • ‘Joe was a TWA pilot and Rick flew corporate aircraft so flying must be in the Barker family genes.’
    • ‘It is an intriguing and amusing read, drawing from the lighter side of private flying in the west of Ireland in the 1960's and 1970's.’
    aviation, flying, air transport, aerial navigation, aeronautics
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Pronunciation

flying

/ˈflīiNG//ˈflaɪɪŋ/