• IPA: /ˈflaɪ.ɪŋ/

flying (not comparable)

  1. That flies or can fly.
    flying fox
    a flying rumour
    • Matthew (26—6 to 13), Mark (14—3 to 9), and Luke (7—37 and 38) also heard of, and related, the circumstance of Mary, whom John says (11 — 2) was the sister of Lazarus, anointing the head of Jesus with ointment, yet they neither of them utter a syllable about his raising her brother from the dead. It is difficult to account for this fact, unless we suppose that John was actually dishonest, or that he took up, believed and recorded a flying story, which an occurrence of some kind had given rise to, but which was without any foundation in truth.
  2. Brief or hurried.
    flying visit
  3. (nautical, of a sail) Not secured by yards.
Translations Verb
  1. present participle of fly#English|fly


  1. (countable) An act of flight.
    • 1993, John C. Greene, ‎Gladys L. H. Clark, The Dublin Stage, 1720-1745 (page 58)
      "Flyings" could vary considerably in complexity and lavishness and could involve an actor or property being either lifted from the stage into the flies above or vice versa. As Colin Visser has observed, flyings and sinkings are both "associated with supernatural manifestations of various kinds" […]
  2. (uncountable) The action or process of sustained motion through the air.

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