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1 : A dragon fly.

2 : A Brazilian dipterous insect of the genus Trypeta, which lays its eggs in the nostrils or in wounds of man and beast, where the larvae do great injury.

3 : Any species of fly of the genus Musca that deposits its eggs or young larvae (called flyblows and maggots) upon meat or other animal products.

4 : The fly at the end of the leader; an end fly.

5 : A dipterous insect of the family (Estridae, of many different species, some of which are particularly troublesome to domestic animals, as the horse, ox, and sheep, on which they deposit their eggs. A common species is one of the botflies of the horse (Gastrophilus equi), the larvae of which (bots) are taken into the stomach of the animal, where they live several months and pass through their larval states. In tropical America one species sometimes lives under the human skin, and another in the stomach. See Gadfly.

6 : A fly of various species, of the family Tabanidae, noted for buzzing about animals, and tormenting them by sucking their blood; -- called also horsefly, and gadfly. They are among the largest of two-winged or dipterous insects. The name is also given to different species of botflies.

7 : Concisely; in few words.

8 : Alt. of Bullfly

9 : Any large fly troublesome to cattle, as the gadflies and breeze flies.

10 : The botfly or gadfly of cattle (Hypoderma bovis). See Gadfly.

11 : A general name for the numerous species of diurnal Lepidoptera.

12 : A fly that preys on fruit.

13 : A plant with the joints of the stem, and sometimes other parts, covered with a viscid secretion to which small insects adhere. The species of Silene are examples of the catchfly.

14 : One of a numerous family of hymenopterous insects (Chalcididae. Many are gallflies, others are parasitic on insects.

15 : For the most part; mostly.

16 : In the first place; principally; preeminently; above; especially.

17 : See Buffalo fly, under Buffalo.

18 : A neuropterous insect of the genus Ephemera and related genera, of many species, and inhabiting fresh water in the larval state; the ephemeral fly; -- so called because it commonly lives but one day in the winged or adult state. See Ephemeral fly, under Ephemeral.

19 : Lonely; solitary.

20 : Without sense of sounds; obscurely.

21 : Deftly.

22 : See 1st Dor.

23 : A dipterous insect (Eristalis tenax), resembling the drone bee. See Eristalis.

24 : Any luminous winged insect, esp. luminous beetles of the family Lampyridae.

25 : The outer canvas of a tent with double top, usually drawn over the ridgepole, but so extended as to touch the roof of the tent at no other place.

26 : A vibrating frame with fingers, attached to a power to a power printing press for doing the same work.

27 : Formerly, the person who took the printed sheets from the press.

28 : A shuttle driven through the shed by a blow or jerk.

29 : The pair of arms revolving around the bobbin, in a spinning wheel or spinning frame, to twist the yarn.

30 : The piece hinged to the needle, which holds the engaged loop in position while the needle is penetrating another loop; a latch.

31 : 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 (below).

32 : 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.

33 : That part of a compass on which the points are marked; the compass card.

34 : The part of a vane pointing the direction from which the wind blows.

35 : The length of an extended flag from its staff; sometimes, the length from the "union" to the extreme end.

36 : A kind of light carriage for rapid transit, plying for hire and usually drawn by one horse.

37 : A parasite.

38 : A familiar spirit; a witch's attendant.

39 : A hook dressed in imitation of a fly, -- used for fishing.

40 : Any dipterous insect; as, the house fly; flesh fly; black fly. See Diptera, and Illust. in Append.

41 : Any winged insect; esp., one with transparent wings; as, the Spanish fly; firefly; gall fly; dragon fly.

42 : To hunt with a hawk.

43 : To fly or flee from; to shun; to avoid.

44 : To cause to fly or to float in the air, as a bird, a kite, a flag, etc.

45 : To move suddenly, or with violence; to do an act suddenly or swiftly; -- usually with a qualifying word; as, a door flies open; a bomb flies apart.

46 : To run from danger; to attempt to escape; to flee; as, an enemy or a coward flies. See Note under Flee.

47 : To move or pass swiftly; to hasten away; to circulate rapidly; as, a ship flies on the deep; a top flies around; rumor flies.

48 : To float, wave, or rise in the air, as sparks or a flag.

49 : To move through the air or before the wind; esp., to pass or be driven rapidly through the air by any impulse.

50 : To move in or pass thorugh the air with wings, as a bird.

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1 : Adder fly/

A dragon fly.

2 : Berna fly

A Brazilian dipterous insect of the genus Trypeta, which lays its eggs in the nostrils or in wounds of man and beast, where the larvae do great injury.

3 : Blowfly

n.

Any species of fly of the genus Musca that deposits its eggs or young larvae (called flyblows and maggots) upon meat or other animal products.

4 : Bobfly

n.

The fly at the end of the leader; an end fly.

5 : Botfly

n.

A dipterous insect of the family (Estridae, of many different species, some of which are particularly troublesome to domestic animals, as the horse, ox, and sheep, on which they deposit their eggs. A common species is one of the botflies of the horse (Gastrophilus equi), the larvae of which (bots) are taken into the stomach of the animal, where they live several months and pass through their larval states. In tropical America one species sometimes lives under the human skin, and another in the stomach. See Gadfly.

6 : Breeze fly

n.

A fly of various species, of the family Tabanidae, noted for buzzing about animals, and tormenting them by sucking their blood; -- called also horsefly, and gadfly. They are among the largest of two-winged or dipterous insects. The name is also given to different species of botflies.

7 : Briefly

adv.

Concisely; in few words.

8 : Bull fly

n.

Alt. of Bullfly

9 : Bullfly

n.

Any large fly troublesome to cattle, as the gadflies and breeze flies.

10 : Burrel fly

The botfly or gadfly of cattle (Hypoderma bovis). See Gadfly.

11 : Butterfly

n.

A general name for the numerous species of diurnal Lepidoptera.

12 : Canker fly

A fly that preys on fruit.

13 : Catchfly

n.

A plant with the joints of the stem, and sometimes other parts, covered with a viscid secretion to which small insects adhere. The species of Silene are examples of the catchfly.

14 : Chalcid fly

One of a numerous family of hymenopterous insects (Chalcididae. Many are gallflies, others are parasitic on insects.

15 : Chiefly

adv.

For the most part; mostly.

16 : Chiefly

adv.

In the first place; principally; preeminently; above; especially.

17 : Columbatz fly

See Buffalo fly, under Buffalo.

18 : Dayfly

n.

A neuropterous insect of the genus Ephemera and related genera, of many species, and inhabiting fresh water in the larval state; the ephemeral fly; -- so called because it commonly lives but one day in the winged or adult state. See Ephemeral fly, under Ephemeral.

19 : Deafly

a.

Lonely; solitary.

20 : Deafly

adv.

Without sense of sounds; obscurely.

21 : Defly

adv.

Deftly.

22 : Dorrfly

n.

See 1st Dor.

23 : Drone fly

A dipterous insect (Eristalis tenax), resembling the drone bee. See Eristalis.

24 : Firefly

n.

Any luminous winged insect, esp. luminous beetles of the family Lampyridae.

25 : Fly

v. i.

The outer canvas of a tent with double top, usually drawn over the ridgepole, but so extended as to touch the roof of the tent at no other place.

26 : Fly

v. i.

A vibrating frame with fingers, attached to a power to a power printing press for doing the same work.

27 : Fly

v. i.

Formerly, the person who took the printed sheets from the press.

28 : Fly

v. i.

A shuttle driven through the shed by a blow or jerk.

29 : Fly

v. i.

The pair of arms revolving around the bobbin, in a spinning wheel or spinning frame, to twist the yarn.

30 : Fly

v. i.

The piece hinged to the needle, which holds the engaged loop in position while the needle is penetrating another loop; a latch.

31 : Fly

v. i.

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 (below).

32 : Fly

v. i.

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.

33 : Fly

v. i.

That part of a compass on which the points are marked; the compass card.

34 : Fly

v. i.

The part of a vane pointing the direction from which the wind blows.

35 : Fly

v. i.

The length of an extended flag from its staff; sometimes, the length from the "union" to the extreme end.

36 : Fly

v. i.

A kind of light carriage for rapid transit, plying for hire and usually drawn by one horse.

37 : Fly

v. i.

A parasite.

38 : Fly

v. i.

A familiar spirit; a witch's attendant.

39 : Fly

v. i.

A hook dressed in imitation of a fly, -- used for fishing.

40 : Fly

v. i.

Any dipterous insect; as, the house fly; flesh fly; black fly. See Diptera, and Illust. in Append.

41 : Fly

v. i.

Any winged insect; esp., one with transparent wings; as, the Spanish fly; firefly; gall fly; dragon fly.

42 : Fly

v. t.

To hunt with a hawk.

43 : Fly

v. t.

To fly or flee from; to shun; to avoid.

44 : Fly

v. t.

To cause to fly or to float in the air, as a bird, a kite, a flag, etc.

45 : Fly

v. i.

To move suddenly, or with violence; to do an act suddenly or swiftly; -- usually with a qualifying word; as, a door flies open; a bomb flies apart.

46 : Fly

v. i.

To run from danger; to attempt to escape; to flee; as, an enemy or a coward flies. See Note under Flee.

47 : Fly

v. i.

To move or pass swiftly; to hasten away; to circulate rapidly; as, a ship flies on the deep; a top flies around; rumor flies.

48 : Fly

v. i.

To float, wave, or rise in the air, as sparks or a flag.

49 : Fly

v. i.

To move through the air or before the wind; esp., to pass or be driven rapidly through the air by any impulse.

50 : Fly

v. i.

To move in or pass thorugh the air with wings, as a bird.

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From Wikipedia

Fly
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Syrphus ribesii, showing characteristic dipteran features: large eyes, small antennae, sucking mouthparts, single pair of flying wings, hindwings reduced to clublike halteres
Scientific classification e
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Euarthropoda
Class:Insecta
(unranked):Antliophora
Order:Diptera
Linnaeus, 1758

True flies are insects of the order Diptera, the name being derived from the Greek δι- di- "two", and πτερόν pteron "wings". Insects of this order use only a single pair of wings to fly, the hindwings having evolved into advanced mechanosensory organs known as halteres, which act as high speed sensors of rotational movement and allow dipterans to perform advanced aerobatics.[1] Diptera is a large order containing an estimated 1,000,000 species including horse-flies,[a] crane flies, hoverflies and others, although only about 125,000 species have been described.[4]

Flies have a mobile head, with a pair of large compound eyes, and mouthparts designed for piercing and sucking (mosquitoes, black flies and robber flies), or for lapping and sucking in the other groups. Their wing arrangement gives them great maneuverability in flight, and claws and pads on their feet enable them to cling to smooth surfaces. Flies undergo complete metamorphosis; the eggs are laid on the larval food-source and the larvae, which lack true limbs, develop in a protected environment, often inside their source of their food. The pupa is a tough capsule from which the adult emerges when ready to do so; flies mostly have short lives as adults.

Diptera is one of the major insect orders and are of considerable ecological and human importance. Flies are important pollinators, second only to the bees and their Hymenopteran relatives. Flies may have been among the evolutionarily earliest pollinators responsible for early plant pollination. Fruit flies are used as model organisms in research, but less benignly, mosquitoes are vectors for malaria, dengue, West Nile fever, yellow fever, encephalitis, and other infectious diseases, and houseflies spread food-borne illnesses. Flies can be annoyances especially in some parts of the world where they can occur in large numbers, buzzing and settling on the skin or eyes to bite or seek fluids. Larger flies such as tsetse flies and screwworms cause significant economic harm to cattle. Blowfly larvae, known as gentles, and other dipteran larvae, known more generally as maggots, are used as fishing bait and as food for carnivorous animals. They are also used in medicine in debridement to clean wounds.

  1. ^ Dickinson, Michael H. (1999-05-29). "Haltere–mediated equilibrium reflexes of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences. 354 (1385): 903–916. ISSN 0962-8436. PMC 1692594 Freely accessible. PMID 10382224. doi:10.1098/rstb.1999.0442. 
  2. ^ "Order Diptera: Flies". BugGuide. Iowa State University. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Comstock, John Henry (1949). An Introduction to Entomology. Comstock Publishing. p. 773. 
  4. ^ Mayhew, Peter J. (2007). "Why are there so many insect species? Perspectives from fossils and phylogenies". Biological Reviews. 82 (3): 425–454. ISSN 1464-7931. PMID 17624962. doi:10.1111/j.1469-185X.2007.00018.x. 


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From Wiktionary

See also: Fly

Contents

  • 1 English
    • 1.1 Pronunciation
    • 1.2 Etymology 1
      • 1.2.1 Noun
        • 1.2.1.1 References
    • 1.3 Etymology 2
      • 1.3.1 Noun
        • 1.3.1.1 Hyponyms
        • 1.3.1.2 Derived terms
        • 1.3.1.3 Related terms
        • 1.3.1.4 Translations
      • 1.3.2 Further reading
    • 1.4 Etymology 3
      • 1.4.1 Verb
        • 1.4.1.1 Synonyms
        • 1.4.1.2 Antonyms
        • 1.4.1.3 Hyponyms
        • 1.4.1.4 Derived terms
        • 1.4.1.5 Related terms
        • 1.4.1.6 Translations
      • 1.4.2 Noun
        • 1.4.2.1 Derived terms
        • 1.4.2.2 Translations
      • 1.4.3 Verb
        • 1.4.3.1 Translations
    • 1.5 Etymology 4
      • 1.5.1 Adjective
        • 1.5.1.1 Translations
  • 2 Danish
    • 2.1 Etymology 1
      • 2.1.1 Noun
        • 2.1.1.1 Synonyms
        • 2.1.1.2 Inflection
    • 2.2 Etymology 2
      • 2.2.1 Verb
    • 2.3 Etymology 3
      • 2.3.1 Verb
  • 3 Norwegian Bokmål
    • 3.1 Pronunciation
    • 3.2 Etymology 1
      • 3.2.1 Noun
        • 3.2.1.1 Derived terms
    • 3.3 Etymology 2
      • 3.3.1 Alternative forms
      • 3.3.2 Verb
        • 3.3.2.1 Derived terms
    • 3.4 References
  • 4 Norwegian Nynorsk
    • 4.1 Pronunciation
    • 4.2 Etymology 1
      • 4.2.1 Noun
        • 4.2.1.1 Derived terms
    • 4.3 Etymology 2
      • 4.3.1 Verb
    • 4.4 Etymology 3
      • 4.4.1 Verb
    • 4.5 References
  • 5 Swedish
    • 5.1 Etymology
    • 5.2 Pronunciation
    • 5.3 Verb
      • 5.3.1 Conjugation
      • 5.3.2 Related terms
  • 6 Westrobothnian
    • 6.1 Verb

English[edit]

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fly (disambiguation)
Wikipedia

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: flī, IPA(key): /flaɪ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪ

Etymology 1[edit]

Related to German Flügel (a wing), Dutch vleugel (a wing), Swedish flygel (a wing).

Noun[edit]

fly (plural flies)

  1. (rural, Scotland, Northern England) A wing.
    The bullet barely grazed the wild fowl's fly.
References[edit]
  • The Dictionary of the Scots Language

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English flie, from Old English flȳġe, flēoge (a fly), from Proto-Germanic *fleugǭ (a fly), from Proto-Indo-European *plewk- (to fly). Cognate with Scots flee, Saterland Frisian Fljooge, Dutch vlieg, German Low German Fleeg, German Fliege, Danish flue, Swedish fluga, Icelandic fluga.

Noun[edit]

A fly (insect)

fly (plural flies)

  1. (zoology) Any insect of the order Diptera; characterized by having two wings (except for some wingless species), also called true flies.
    • 2012 January 1, Douglas Larson, “Runaway Devils Lake”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 1, page 46:
      Devils Lake is where I began my career as a limnologist in 1964, studying the lake’s neotenic salamanders and chironomids, or midge flies. […] The Devils Lake Basin is an endorheic, or closed, basin covering about 9,800 square kilometers in northeastern North Dakota.
  2. (non-technical) Especially, any of the insects of the family Muscidae, such as the common housefly (other families of Diptera include mosquitoes and midges).
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 5, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose. And the queerer the cure for those ailings the bigger the attraction. A place like the Right Livers' Rest was bound to draw freaks, same as molasses draws flies.
  3. Any similar, but unrelated insect such as dragonfly or butterfly.
  4. (fishing) A lightweight fishing lure resembling an insect.
  5. (weightlifting) A chest exercise performed by moving extended arms from the sides to in front of the chest. (also flye)
  6. (obsolete) A witch's familiar.
    • Ben Jonson
      a trifling fly, none of your great familiars
  7. (obsolete) A parasite.
    • 1636, Massinger, Philip, “The Bashful Lover”, in Gifford, William, editor, The Plays of Philip Massinger[1], Act 1, Scene 1, published 1845, page 470:
      The fly that plays too near the flame burns in it.
  8. (swimming) The butterfly stroke (plural is normally flys)
Hyponyms[edit]
Derived terms[edit]
Related terms[edit]
  • no flies on
  • wouldn't hurt a fly
Translations[edit]
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Further reading[edit]

  • Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg fly on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Commons-logo.svg Muscidae on Wikimedia Commons.Wikimedia Commons

Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English flien, from Old English flēogan, from Proto-Germanic *fleuganą (compare Saterland Frisian fljooge, Dutch vliegen, Low German flegen, German fliegen, Danish flyve), from Proto-Indo-European *plewk- (*plew-k-, to fly) (compare Lithuanian plaũkti ‘to swim’), enlargement of *plew- (flow). More at flee and flow.

Verb[edit]

fly (third-person singular simple present flies, present participle flying, simple past flew, past participle flown)

  1. (intransitive) To travel through the air, another gas, or a vacuum, without being in contact with a grounded surface.
    • G. K. Chesterton
      Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.
    • 2013 September 7, “On a bright new wing”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8852:
      Flying using only the power of the sun is an enticing prospect. But manned solar-powered aircraft are fragile and slow, […].
    Birds of passage fly to warmer regions as it gets colder in winter.   The Concorde flew from Paris to New York faster than any other passenger airplane.   It takes about eleven hours to fly from Frankfurt to Hongkong.   The little fairy flew home on the back of her friend, the giant eagle.
  2. (transitive, intransitive, archaic, poetic) To flee, to escape (from).
    • John Dryden
      Sleep flies the wretch.
    • William Shakespeare
      to fly the favours of so good a king
    • William Shakespeare
      Whither shall I fly to escape their hands?
    • John Milton
      Fly, ere evil intercept thy flight.
    • J. R. R. Tolkien
      He staggered and fell, grasped vainly at the stone, and slid into the abyss. “Fly, you fools!” he cried, and was gone.
    Fly, my lord! The enemy are upon us!
  3. (transitive, ergative) To cause to fly (travel or float in the air): to transport via air or the like.
    • W. S. Gilbert
      The brave black flag I fly.
    • 2013 September 7, “On a bright new wing”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8852:
      A solar-powered unmanned aerial system (a UAS, more commonly called a drone) could fly long, lonely missions that conventional aircraft would not be capable of.
    Charles Lindbergh flew his airplane The Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic ocean.   Why don’t you go outside and fly kites, kids? The wind is just perfect.   Birds fly their prey to their nest to feed it to their young.   Each day the post flies thousands of letters around the globe.
  4. (intransitive, colloquial, of a proposal, project or idea) To be accepted, come about or work out.
    Let's see if that idea flies.   You know, I just don't think that's going to fly. Why don't you spend your time on something better?
  5. (intransitive) To travel very fast.
    • John Milton
      Fly, envious Time, till thou run out thy race.
    • Bryant
      The dark waves murmured as the ships flew on.
    • 2011 September 18, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 41-10 Georgia”, in BBC Sport:
      After yet another missed penalty by Kvirikashvili from bang in front of the posts, England scored again, centre Tuilagi flying into the line and touching down under the bar.
  6. To move suddenly, or with violence; to do an act suddenly or swiftly.
    a door flies open;  a bomb flies apart
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, The Haunted House
      And in respect of the great necessity there is, my darling, for more employments being within the reach of Woman than our civilisation has as yet assigned to her, don’t fly at the unfortunate men, even those men who are at first sight in your way, as if they were the natural oppressors of your sex []
  7. To hunt with a hawk.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
  8. (transitive) To display a flag on a flagpole.
Synonyms[edit]
  • (travel through air): soar, hover, wing, skim, glide, ascend, rise, float, aviate
  • (flee): escape, flee, abscond
Antonyms[edit]
  • (travel through air): walk
  • (flee): remain, stay
Hyponyms[edit]
Derived terms[edit]
Related terms[edit]
  • fly agaric
  • flight
Translations[edit]
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Noun[edit]

fly (plural flies)

  1. (obsolete) The action of flying; flight.
  2. An act of flying.
    We had a quick half-hour fly back into the city.
  3. (baseball) A fly ball.
  4. (now historical) A type of small, fast carriage (sometimes pluralised flys).
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula, Folio Society 2008, page 124:
      As we left the house in my fly, which had been waiting, Van Helsing said:— ‘Tonight I can sleep in peace [...].’
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 16, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      “[…] She takes the whole thing with desperate seriousness. But the others are all easy and jovial—thinking about the good fare that is soon to be eaten, about the hired fly, about anything.”
    • 1924, Ford Madox Ford, Some Do Not…, Penguin 2012 (Parade's End), page 54:
      And, driving back in the fly, Macmaster said to himself that you couldn't call Mrs. Duchemin ordinary, at least.
  5. A piece of canvas that covers the opening at the front of a tent.
  6. A strip of material hiding the zipper, buttons etc. at the front of a pair of trousers, pants, underpants, bootees, etc.
  7. The free edge of a flag.
  8. The horizontal length of a flag.
  9. Butterfly, a form of swimming.
  10. (weightlifting) An exercise that involves wide opening and closing of the arms perpendicular to the shoulders.
  11. The part of a vane pointing the direction from which the wind blows.
  12. (nautical) That part of a compass on which the points are marked; the compass card.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Totten to this entry?)
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
  16. The pair of arms revolving around the bobbin, in a spinning wheel or spinning frame, to twist the yarn.
  17. (weaving) A shuttle driven through the shed by a blow or jerk.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
  18. (printing, historical) The person who took the printed sheets from the press.
  19. (printing, historical) A vibrating frame with fingers, attached to a power printing press for doing the same work.
  20. One of the upper screens of a stage in a theatre.
  21. (cotton manufacture) waste cotton
Derived terms[edit]
Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

fly (third-person singular simple present flies, present participle flying, simple past and past participle flied)

  1. (intransitive, baseball) To hit a fly ball; to hit a fly ball that is caught for an out. Compare ground (verb) and line (verb).
    Jones flied to right in his last at-bat.
Translations[edit]

Etymology 4[edit]

Origin uncertain; probably from the verb or noun.

Adjective[edit]

fly (comparative flier, superlative fliest)

  1. (slang, dated) Quick-witted, alert, mentally sharp.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Charles Dickens, “Household Words”, in Arcadia[2], volume 7, page 381:
      be assured, O man of sin—pilferer of small wares and petty larcener—that there is an eye within keenly glancing from some loophole contrived between accordions and tin breastplates that watches your every movement, and is "fly,"— to use a term peculiarly comprehensible to dishonest minds—to the slightest gesture of illegal conveyancing.
  2. (slang) Well dressed, smart in appearance.
    He's pretty fly.
  3. (slang) Beautiful; displaying physical beauty.
Translations[edit]

Danish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Norwegian fly, an abbreviation of flyvemaskin (airplane).

Noun[edit]

fly n (singular definite flyet, plural indefinite fly)

  1. airplane
Synonyms[edit]
  • flyvemaskine c
  • flyver c
Inflection[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse flýja (flee).

Verb[edit]

fly (imperative fly, present flyr or flyer, past flyede, past participle flyet, present participle flyende)

  1. flee
  2. shun

Etymology 3[edit]

From late Old Norse fligja, flygja, from Middle Low German vlīen, vlīgen (stack, sort out).

Verb[edit]

fly (imperative fly, present flyr or flyer, past flyede, past participle flyet, present participle flyende)

  1. hand, give

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /flyː/

Etymology 1[edit]

Short form of flygemaskin

Noun[edit]

fly n (definite singular flyet, indefinite plural fly, definite plural flya or flyene)

  1. plane, aeroplane (UK), airplane (US), aircraft
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse fljúga

Alternative forms[edit]

  • flyge

Verb[edit]

fly (imperative fly, present tense flyr, simple past fløy, past participle flydd or fløyet)

  1. to fly
Derived terms[edit]
  • glidefly

References[edit]

  • “fly” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /flyː/ (example of pronunciation)

Etymology 1[edit]

Shortened form of flygemaskin (flying machine).

Noun[edit]

fly n (definite singular flyet, indefinite plural fly, definite plural flya)

  1. plane, aeroplane (UK), airplane (US), aircraft
    Skunda deg, elles misser du flyet ditt!
    Hurry up, or you'll miss your plane!
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

fly (present tense flyr or flyg, past tense flaug, past participle floge, passive infinitive flygast, present participle flygande, imperative fly or flyg)

  1. Alternative form of flyga

Etymology 3[edit]

From Old Norse flýja.

Verb[edit]

fly (present tense flyr, past tense flydde, past participle flydd/flytt, passive infinitive flyast, present participle flyande, imperative fly)

  1. escape; flee

References[edit]

  • “fly” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Swedish flȳia, flȳa, from Old Norse flýja, from Proto-Germanic *fleuhaną.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Verb[edit]

fly

  1. to flee, to run away, to escape
    Fångarna försökte fly från fängelset.
    The prisoners tried to escape from jail.
    Med tårarna strömmande ned för sina kinder flydde hon undan de andra tjejernas glåpord.
    With tears streaming down her cheeks, she fled the taunting words of the other girls.
  2. to pass, to go by (of time)
    • 1964, Gunnel Vallquist, title of the new Swedish translation of Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu
      På spaning efter den tid som flytt
      In Search of Lost Time
    • 1965, Sven-Ingvars, Börja om från början
      Varför ska man sörja tider som har flytt?
      Why should one feel sorry for times that have past?

Conjugation[edit]

Related terms[edit]

  • flykt
  • flykting

Westrobothnian[edit]

Verb[edit]

fly

  1. to send, to hand
    fly me sɑksa
    hand me the scissors