Pronunciation Noun


  1. The act of flying.
    Most birds are capable of flight.
  2. An instance of flying.
    The migrating birds' flight took them to Africa.
  3. The act of fleeing.
  4. (collective) A collective term for doves or swallows.
    a flight of swallows
  5. A trip made by an aircraft, particularly one between two cities or countries, which is often planned or reserved in advance.
    The flight to Paris leaves at 7 o'clock tonight.
    Where is the departure gate for flight 747? / Go straight down and to the right.
  6. A series of stairs between landings.
  7. A group of canal locks with a short distance between them
  8. A floor which is reached by stairs or escalators.
    How many flights is it up?
  9. The feathers on an arrow or dart used to help it follow an even path.
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i], page 164 ↗, column Bassanio:
  10. A paper plane.
  11. (cricket) The movement of a spinning ball through the air - concerns its speed, trajectory and drift.
  12. The ballistic trajectory of an arrow or other projectile.
  13. An aerodynamic surface designed to guide such a projectile's trajectory.
  14. An air force unit.
  15. Several sample glasses of a specific wine varietal or other beverage. The pours are smaller than a full glass and the flight will generally include three to five different samples.
  16. (engineering) The shaped material forming the thread of a screw.
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  • Italian: piano
  • Portuguese: andar
  • Russian: пролёт
Translations Adjective


  1. (obsolete) Fast, swift, fleet.

flight (flights, present participle flighting; past and past participle flighted)

  1. (cricket, of a spin bowler) To throw the ball in such a way that it has more airtime and more spin than usual.
  2. (sports, by extension, transitive) To throw or kick something so as to send it flying with more loft or airtime than usual.


  1. The act of fleeing.
    take flight
    the flight of a refugee
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