fleet
Pronunciation Noun

fleet (plural fleets)

  1. A group#Noun|group of vessels or vehicles.
    • He did discourse to us of the Dutch fleete being abroad, eighty-five of them still, and are now at the Texell, he believes, in expectation of our Eastland ships coming home with masts and hempe, and our loaden Hambrough ships going to Hambrough.
  2. Any group of associated#Adjective|associated items.
    • 2004, Jim Hoskins, Building an on Demand Computing Environment with IBM:
      This is especially true in distributed printing environments, where a fleet of printers is shared by users on a network.
  3. A large, coordinated group of people.
  4. (nautical) A number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also, the collective naval force of a country, etc.
  5. (nautical, British Royal Navy) Any command of vessels exceeding a squadron in size, or a rear admiral's command, composed of five sail-of-the-line, with any number of smaller vessels.
Translations Noun

fleet (plural fleets)

  1. (obsolete, dialectal) An arm of the sea; a run of water, such as an inlet or a creek.
    • a certain fleet [...] through which little boats used to come to the aforesaid town
    • Together wove we nets to entrap the fish / In floods and sedgy fleets.
  2. (nautical) A location, as on a navigable river, where barges are secured.
Verb

fleet (fleets, present participle fleeting; past and past participle fleeted)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To float.
    • c. 1606-07, William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, Act III scene xi:
      smallcaps Antony: Our force by land / Hath nobly held; our sever'd navy too, / Have knit again, and fleet, threat'ning most sea-like.
  2. (transitive) To pass over rapidly; to skim the surface of.
    a ship that fleets the gulf
  3. (ambitransitive) To hasten over; to cause to pass away lightly, or in mirth and joy.
    • c. 1599, William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act I scene i:
      They say he is already in the Forest of Arden, and a many merry men with him; and there they live like the old Robin Hood of England. They say many young gentlemen flock to him every day and fleet the time carelessly, as they did in the golden world.
    • 1817-18, Percy Shelley, Rosalind and Helen, lines 626-627:
      And so through this dark world they fleet / Divided, till in death they meet.
  4. (intransitive) To flee, to escape, to speed away.
    • c. 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act IV scene i:
      smallcaps Gratiano:
      O, be thou damn'd, inexecrable dog!
      And for thy life let justice be accused.
      Thou almost makest me waver in my faith,
      To hold opinion with Pythagoras,
      That souls of animals infuse themselves
      Into the trunks of men: thy currish spirit
      Govern'd a wolf, who, hang'd for human slaughter,
      Even from the gallows did his fell soul fleet,
      And, whilst thou lay'st in thy unhallow'd dam,
      Infused itself in thee; for thy desires
      Are wolfish, bloody, starved, and ravenous.
  5. (intransitive) To evanesce, disappear, die out.
    • c. 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act III scene ii:
      smallcaps Portia:
      How all other passions fleet to air,
      As doubtful thoughts, and rash-embraced despair,
      And shuddering fear, and green-eyed jealousy!
      O love, be moderate; allay thy ecstasy;
      In measure rain thy joy; scant this excess!
      I feel too much thy blessing; make it less,
      For fear I surfeit!
  6. (nautical) To move up a rope, so as to haul to more advantage; especially to draw apart the blocks of a tackle.
  7. (nautical, intransitive, of people) To move or change in position.
    • We got the long "stick" [...] down and "fleeted" aft, where it was secured.
  8. (nautical, obsolete) To shift the position of dead-eyes when the shrouds are become too long.
  9. To cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or windlass, as a rope or chain.
  10. To take the cream from; to skim.
Adjective

fleet (comparative fleeter, superlative fleetest)

  1. (literary) Swift in motion; light and quick in going from place to place.
    Synonyms: nimble, fast
    • 1671, John Milton, “Book the Third”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗:
      In mail their horses clad, yet fleet and strong.
    • 1908, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows:
      [...]it was not till the afternoon that they came out on the high-road, their first high-road; and there disaster, fleet and unforeseen, sprang out on them — disaster momentous indeed to their expedition[...]
  2. (uncommon) Light; superficially thin; not penetrating deep, as soil.
Translations
  • Russian: проворный

Fleet
Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. A former prison (the Fleet Prison) in London, which originally stood near the stream.
  2. A river , the Water of Fleet, in Dumfries and Galloway.
  3. A town in Hart, Hampshire.
  4. A hamlet in Alberta, Canada.



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