October 18, 2019
Learner's Word of the Day
flight /ˈflaɪt/ noun

plural flights

A pleasant flight
A pleasant flight
Learner's definition of FLIGHT

1 [noncount]

a : the act of flying : the act of moving through the air by the use of wings

  • the flight of a bee

  • bird in flight [=a bird that is flying]

b : the act of moving through the air or through outer space

  • the flight of a bullet/baseball

  • the flight of a rocket to the moon

2 [count, noncount] : the act of running away in order to escape from danger

  • the flight of refugees

3 [count]

a : a journey on an airplane

  • an overnight flight

  • a transatlantic flight

  • a direct/nonstop flight

b : the airplane that is making a journey

  • Our flight leaves at noon.

  • They boarded Flight 101.

4 [count] : a group of similar birds, airplanes, etc., that are flying through the air together

  • a flight of geese

5 [count] : a series of stairs going from one level or floor to another

  • Her apartment is five flights up.

  • He fell down a flight of stairs.

flight of fancy also flight of imagination/fantasy

: an idea, story, etc., that shows great imagination but is very unlikely to be true or practical

  • The book is filled with flights of fancy about the future of the computer industry.

put (someone) to flight formal + old-fashioned

: to cause (someone) to leave or run away

  • The rebels were put to flight by the advancing army.

take flight

1 : to leave or run away from danger

  • Fearing arrest, they took flight and hid in the mountains.

2 US : to begin flying

  • The bird took flight [=took wing] when we tried to approach it.

3 US : to begin a period of rapid activity, development, or growth

  • The idea really took flight [=took off] and soon it seemed everyone was copying it.

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