Meaning of FLIGHT in English

FLIGHT

/ flaɪt; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

JOURNEY BY AIR

1.

[ C ] a journey made by air, especially in a plane :

a smooth / comfortable / bumpy flight

a domestic / an international flight

a hot-air balloon flight

We met on a flight from London to Paris.

—see also in-flight

PLANE

2.

[ C ] a plane making a particular journey :

We're booked on the same flight.

Flight BA 4793 is now boarding at Gate 17.

If we leave now, I can catch the earlier flight.

mercy / relief flights (= planes taking help to countries where there is a war)

FLYING

3.

[ U ] the act of flying :

the age of supersonic flight

flight safety

The bird is easily recognized in flight (= when it is flying) by the black band at the end of its tail.

MOVEMENT OF OBJECT

4.

[ U ] the movement or direction of an object as it travels through the air :

the flight of a ball

OF STEPS

5.

[ C ] a series of steps between two floors or levels :

She fell down a flight of stairs / steps and hurt her back.

RUNNING AWAY

6.

[ U , sing. ] the act of running away from a dangerous or difficult situation :

the flight of refugees from the advancing forces

The main character is a journalist in flight from a failed marriage.

OF FANCY / IMAGINATION

7.

[ C ] flight of fancy / imagination an idea or a statement that shows a lot of imagination but is not practical or sensible

GROUP OF BIRDS / AIRCRAFT

8.

[ C ] a group of birds or aircraft flying together :

a flight of geese

an aircraft of the Queen's flight

IDIOMS

- in the first / top flight

- put sb to flight

- take flight

■ verb

[ vn ] [ usually passive ] ( BrE , sport ) to kick, hit or throw a ball through the air in a skilful way :

He equalized with a beautifully flighted shot.

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English flyht action or manner of flying , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vlucht and fly (verb). This was probably merged in Middle English with an unrecorded Old English word related to German Flucht and to flee , which is represented by sense 6 of the noun.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.