Associations to the word «Fly»


FLY, noun. (zoology) Any insect of the order Diptera; characterized by having two wings, also called true flies.
FLY, noun. (non-technical) Especially, any of the insects of the family Muscidae, such as the common housefly (other families of Diptera include mosquitoes and midges).
FLY, noun. Any similar, but unrelated insect such as dragonfly or butterfly.
FLY, noun. (fishing) A lightweight fishing lure resembling an insect.
FLY, noun. (weightlifting) A chest exercise performed by moving extended arms from the sides to in front of the chest. (also flye)
FLY, noun. (obsolete) A witch's familiar.
FLY, noun. (obsolete) A parasite.
FLY, verb. (intransitive) To travel through the air, another gas, or a vacuum, without being in contact with a grounded surface.
FLY, verb. (ambitransitive) (archaic) (poetic) To flee, to escape (from).
FLY, verb. (transitive) (ergative) To cause to fly (travel or float in the air): to transport via air or the like.
FLY, verb. (intransitive) (colloquial) (of a proposal, project or idea) To be accepted, come about or work out.
FLY, verb. (intransitive) To travel very fast.
FLY, verb. To move suddenly, or with violence; to do an act suddenly or swiftly.
FLY, verb. To hunt with a hawk.
FLY, verb. (transitive) To display a flag on a flagpole.
FLY, noun. (obsolete) The action of flying; flight.
FLY, noun. An act of flying.
FLY, noun. (baseball) A fly ball.
FLY, noun. (now historical) A type of small, fast carriage (sometimes pluralised flys).
FLY, noun. A piece of canvas that covers the opening at the front of a tent.
FLY, noun. A strip of material hiding the zipper, buttons etc. at the front of a pair of trousers, pants, underpants, bootees, etc.
FLY, noun. The free edge of a flag.
FLY, noun. The horizontal length of a flag.
FLY, noun. Butterfly, a form of swimming.
FLY, noun. (weightlifting) An exercise that involves wide opening and closing of the arms perpendicular to the shoulders.
FLY, noun. The part of a vane pointing the direction from which the wind blows.
FLY, noun. (nautical) That part of a compass on which the points are marked; the compass card.
FLY, noun. 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.
FLY, noun. 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.
FLY, noun. In a knitting machine, the piece hinged to the needle, which holds the engaged loop in position while the needle is penetrating another loop; a latch.
FLY, noun. The pair of arms revolving around the bobbin, in a spinning wheel or spinning frame, to twist the yarn.
FLY, noun. (weaving) A shuttle driven through the shed by a blow or jerk.
FLY, noun. (printing) (historical) The person who took the printed sheets from the press.
FLY, noun. (printing) (historical) A vibrating frame with fingers, attached to a power printing press for doing the same work.
FLY, noun. One of the upper screens of a stage in a theatre.
FLY, noun. (cotton manufacture) waste cotton
FLY, verb. (intransitive) (baseball) To hit a fly ball; to hit a fly ball that is caught for an out. Compare ground (verb) and line (verb).
FLY, adjective. (slang) (dated) Quick-witted, alert, mentally sharp.
FLY, adjective. (slang) Well dressed, smart in appearance.
FLY, adjective. (slang) Beautiful; displaying physical beauty.
FLY A DESK, verb. To be assigned, as a member of a flying organization (air force, air line, etc.) to office duty, usually said of a person who is, or has previously been, qualified to fly an aircraft.
FLY A KITE, verb. (slang) (archaic) To raise money on commercial notes.
FLY AGARIC, noun. A poisonous mushroom, Amanita muscaria, with a large crimson cap, fading to yellow, scattered with white flecks.
FLY AGARICS, noun. Plural of fly agaric
FLY AMANITA, noun. Fly agaric
FLY AMANITAS, noun. Plural of fly amanita
FLY ASH, noun. A residue generated in combustion, comprising the fine particles that rise with the flue gases.
FLY BALL, noun. (baseball) (softball) A batted ball that has been hit into the air above the outfield; a fly.
FLY BALL, noun. (slang) A geek; beatnik.
FLY BALLS, noun. Plural of fly ball
FLY BISCUIT, noun. (British) Garibaldi biscuit; currants squashed between two thin, rectangular biscuits.
FLY BISCUITS, noun. Plural of fly biscuit
FLY BOX, noun. A box in which a fly fisherman keeps his flies
FLY BOXES, noun. Plural of fly box
FLY BY THE SEAT OF ONE'S PANTS, verb. (idiomatic) To pilot an aircraft without the aid of instruments and without a flight plan, using only instinct, visual observation, and practical judgment.
FLY BY THE SEAT OF ONE'S PANTS, verb. (idiomatic) (by extension) To use one's judgment, initiative, and perceptions as events unfold in order to improvise a course of action without a predetermined plan.
FLY COUCH, verb. (colloquial) Fly in economy class.
FLY FISHING, noun. (fishing) A form of angling whereby the weight of the line is used to cast the lure, i.e. the fly.
FLY FUNGI, noun. Plural of fly fungus
FLY FUNGUS, noun. Fly agaric
FLY IN THE FACE OF, verb. (idiomatic) To act in a manner highly contrary to; to counteract or contradict.
FLY IN THE OINTMENT, noun. (idiomatic) Something which ruins or spoils everything else; a nuisance or problem; an unpleasant or disagreeable detail.
FLY INTO A RAGE, verb. To become angry
FLY LIKE A ROCK, verb. (simile) (sometimes sarcastic) to travel through the air with little or no benefit from aerodynamic lift
FLY LOW, verb. (idiomatic) to have one's fly (zipper) undone.
FLY OFF, verb. (intransitive) (idiomatic) to flee rapidly; to run away.
FLY OFF THE HANDLE, verb. (idiomatic) to become very angry or enraged; to throw a fit or go crazy
FLY ON THE WALL, noun. (idiomatic) A quiet, non-participating, or unseen observer; an eavesdropper or witness.
FLY OUT, verb. To travel rapidly to a destination, typically on an airplane
FLY OUT, verb. To rapidly emerge
FLY OUT, verb. (baseball) To become out by hitting a fly ball which is caught
FLY OUT, noun. (baseball) An instance of flying out
FLY OUT OF THE TRAPS, verb. (idiomatic) to start quickly.
FLY OUTS, noun. Plural of fly out
FLY RIVER TURTLE, noun. The Australasian pig-nose turtle
FLY RIVER TURTLES, noun. Plural of Fly River turtle
FLY ROD, noun. (fishing) A rod used in fly fishing
FLY SCREEN, noun. A window screen.
FLY SCREENS, noun. Plural of fly screen
FLY SHEET, noun. An extra cover of a tent to protect against insects and bad weather.
FLY SHEET, noun. A printed leaflet or pamphlet
FLY SPRAY, noun. An insecticide for killing bugs, especially flies
FLY SWATTER, noun. Alternative form of flyswatter
FLY THE COOP, verb. (idiomatic) To depart hastily or unannounced; to escape or flee.
FLY THE COOP, verb. (of a bird) To escape from a pen or similar enclosure.
FLY THE FREAK FLAG, verb. (idiomatic) To behave in a unconventional or unrestrained manner; to exhibit the uninhibited side of one's personality.
FLY THE NEST, verb. To leave one's parents or other guardians one had as a child and begin an independent life.

Dictionary definition

FLY, noun. Two-winged insects characterized by active flight.
FLY, noun. Flap consisting of a piece of canvas that can be drawn back to provide entrance to a tent.
FLY, noun. An opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or by buttons concealed under a fold of cloth.
FLY, noun. (baseball) a hit that flies up in the air.
FLY, noun. Fisherman's lure consisting of a fishhook decorated to look like an insect.
FLY, verb. Travel through the air; be airborne; "Man cannot fly".
FLY, verb. Move quickly or suddenly; "He flew about the place".
FLY, verb. Operate an airplane; "The pilot flew to Cuba".
FLY, verb. Transport by aeroplane; "We fly flowers from the Caribbean to North America".
FLY, verb. Cause to fly or float; "fly a kite".
FLY, verb. Be dispersed or disseminated; "Rumors and accusations are flying".
FLY, verb. Change quickly from one emotional state to another; "fly into a rage".
FLY, verb. Pass away rapidly; "Time flies like an arrow"; "Time fleeing beneath him".
FLY, verb. Travel in an airplane; "she is flying to Cincinnati tonight"; "Are we driving or flying?".
FLY, verb. Display in the air or cause to float; "fly a kite"; "All nations fly their flags in front of the U.N.".
FLY, verb. Run away quickly; "He threw down his gun and fled".
FLY, verb. Travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft; "Lindbergh was the first to fly the Atlantic".
FLY, verb. Hit a fly.
FLY, verb. Decrease rapidly and disappear; "the money vanished in las Vegas"; "all my stock assets have vaporized".
FLY, adjective. (British informal) not to be deceived or hoodwinked.

Wise words

More wisdom is latent in things as they are than in all the words men use.
Antoine De Saint-Exupery