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Fly Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    fly adj : (British informal) not to be deceived or hoodwinked n
  1. two-winged insects characterized by active flight
  2. flap consisting of a piece of canvas that can be drawn back to provide entrance to a tent [syn: tent-fly, rainfly, fly sheet, tent flap]
  3. an opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or buttons concealed by a fold of cloth [syn: fly front]
  4. (baseball) a hit that flies up in the air [syn: fly ball]
  5. fisherman's lure consisting of a fishhook decorated to look like an insect v
  6. travel through the air; be airborne; "Man cannot fly" [syn: wing]
  7. move quickly or suddenly; "He flew about the place"
  8. fly a plane [syn: aviate, pilot]
  9. transport by aeroplane; "We fly flowers from the Caribbean to North America"
  10. cause to fly or float; "fly a kite"
  11. be dispersed or disseminated; "Rumors and accusations are flying"
  12. change quickly from one emotional state to another; "fly into a rage"
  13. pass away rapidly; "Time flies like an arrow"; "Time fleeing beneath him" [syn: fell, vanish]
  14. travel in an airplane; "she is flying to Cincinnati tonight"; "Are we driving or flying?"
  15. display in the air or cause to float; "fly a kite"; "All nations fly their flags in front of the U.N." 1
  16. run away quickly; "He threw down his gun and fled" [syn: flee, take flight] 1
  17. travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft; "Lindbergh was the first to fly the Atlantic" 1
  18. hit a fly 1
  19. decrease rapidly and disappear; "the money vanished in las Vegas"; "all my stock assets have vaporized" [syn: vanish, vaporize] [also: flown, flew]
Fly Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Fly \Fly\, v. t. To manage (an aircraft) in flight; as, to fly an a["e]roplane.
Fly Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Fly \Fly\, n. (Cotton Manuf.) Waste cotton.
Fly Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Fly \Fly\, n.; pl. Flies (fl[imac]z). [OE. flie, flege, AS.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Fly'

Nematocera (includes Eudiptera) Brachycera

True flies are insects of the order Diptera (di = two, and ptera = wings). They possess a pair of wings on the mesothorax and a pair of halteres, derived from the hind wings, on the metathorax.

The presence of a single pair of wings distinguishes true flies from other insects with "fly" in their name, such as mayflies, dragonflies, damselflies, stoneflies, whiteflies, fireflies, alderflies, dobsonflies, snakeflies, sawflies, caddisflies, butterflies or scorpionflies. Some true flies have become secondarily wingless, especially in the superfamily Hippoboscoidea, or among those that are inquilines in social insect colonies.

The common names of true flies are written as two words, e.g., crane fly, robber fly, bee fly, moth fly, fruit fly. The common names of non-dipteran insects that have "fly" in their name are written as one word, e.g., butterfly, stonefly, dragonfly, scorpionfly, sawfly, caddisfly, whitefly.

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'Fly' in famous quotation sentence

* I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. - Douglas Adams

* It is easy to fly into a passion--anybody can do that--but to be angry with the right person and at the right time and with the right object and in the right way--that is not easy, and it is not everyone who can do it. - Aristotle

* To fly from, need not be to hate, makind All are not fit with them to stir and toil, Nor is it discontent to keep the mind Deep in its fountain. - George Gordon Byron

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Fly Sample Sentences in News

  • Fly on track for more records
    Hurricane Fly is once again the star name in Willie Mullins's strong team for the Punchestown Festival. Read more on this news related to 'Fly'
  • FLY Leasing Declares First Quarter Dividend of $0.25 Per Share
    DUBLIN, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- FLY Leasing Limited (NYSE: FLY) ("FLY"), a leading global lessor of modern commercial jet aircraft, today announced it has declared a quarterly cash dividend ... Read more on this news related to 'Fly'
  • Bank Hard! Flies Fly Like Fighter Jets to Evade Predators
    Using high-speed video cameras, a team of researchers captured the lightning-fast wing and body motion of fruit flies as the insects performed rapid, banked turns to avoid a looming threat. Scientists have sometimes compared their flight to "swimming" through the air, but the flies' airborne gymnastics are closer to those of a fighter pilot, the rese Read more on this news related to 'Fly'

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