Definition and Meanings for fleet

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Part of Speech of fleet

intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, noun, adjective, transitive verb, comparative, superlative

Etymology of fleet

oe. fleten, fleoten, to swim, as. fle to swim, float; akin to d. vlieten to flow, os. fliotan, ohg. fliozzan, g. fliessen, icel. flj to float, flow, sw. flyta, d. flyde, l. pluere to rain, gr. plei^n to sail, swim, float, skr. plu to swim, sail. fleet, n. & a., float, pluvial, flow cf. icel. flj quick. see fleet, v. i.pos oe. flete, fleote, as. fle ship, fr. fle to float, swim. see fleet, v. i. and cf. float as. fle a place where vessels float, bay, river; akin to d. vliet rill, brook, g. fl

Meaning of fleet

as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, noun, adjective

  • to sail; to float.
  • to fly swiftly; to pass over quickly; to hasten; to flit as a light substance.
  • to slip on the whelps or the barrel of a capstan or windlass; -- said of a cable or hawser.
  • to move or change in position; -- said of persons; as, the crew fleeted aft.

as transitive verb

  • to pass over rapidly; to skin the surface of; as, a ship that fleets the gulf.
  • to hasten over; to cause to pass away lighty, or in mirth and joy.
  • to draw apart the blocks of; -- said of a tackle.
  • to cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or windlass, as a rope or chain.
  • to move or change in position; used only in special phrases; as, of fleet aft the crew.

as adjective, comparative, superlative, intransitive verb

  • swift in motion; moving with velocity; light and quick in going from place to place; nimble.
  • light; superficially thin; not penetrating deep, as soil.

as noun, intransitive verb

  • a number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also, the collective naval force of a country, etc.

as noun, intransitive verb

  • a flood; a creek or inlet; a bay or estuary; a river; -- obsolete, except as a place name, -- as fleet street in london.
  • a former prison in london, which originally stood near a stream, the fleet (now filled up).

as transitive verb, intransitive verb

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