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English adjective: fly

1. fly (British informal) not to be deceived or hoodwinked

Similaralert, watchful

Domain regionBritain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Domain usagecolloquialism

Antonymsunalert, unvigilant, unwatchful

English noun: fly

1. fly (animal) two-winged insects characterized by active flight

Broader (hypernym)dipteran, dipteron, dipterous insect, two-winged insects

Narrower (hyponym)bee fly, blow fly, blowfly, flesh fly, gadfly, glossina, Haematobia irritans, horn fly, house fly, housefly, Musca domestica, Sarcophaga carnaria, tachina fly, tsetse, tsetse fly, tzetze, tzetze fly

Part holonymalula, calypter

Member meronymDiptera, order Diptera

2. fly (artifact) flap consisting of a piece of canvas that can be drawn back to provide entrance to a tent

Synonymsfly sheet, rainfly, tent flap, tent-fly

Broader (hypernym)flap

Part meronymfly tent

3. fly (artifact) an opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or by buttons concealed under a fold of cloth

Synonymsfly front

Broader (hypernym)opening

Part meronymgarment

4. fly (act) (baseball) a hit that flies up in the air

Synonymsfly ball

Broader (hypernym)hit, hitting, striking

Narrower (hyponym)blast, flare, line drive, liner, pop fly, pop-fly, pop-up, Texas leaguer

Domain categorybaseball, baseball game

5. fly (artifact) fisherman's lure consisting of a fishhook decorated to look like an insect

Broader (hypernym)fish lure, fisherman's lure

Narrower (hyponym)dry fly, streamer fly, wet fly

English verb: fly

1. fly (motion) travel through the air; be airborne

SamplesMan cannot fly.

ExamplesSome big birds fly in the tree, There fly some big birds in the tree


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)buzz, flight, fly on, hover, rack, soar

Verb groupfly

2. fly (motion) move quickly or suddenly

SamplesHe flew about the place.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)move

3. fly (motion) operate an airplane

SamplesThe pilot flew to Cuba.

Synonymsaviate, pilot

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)control, operate

Narrower (hyponym)balloon, flat-hat, fly blind, fly contact, glide, hang glide, hedgehop, hydroplane, jet, seaplane, soar, solo, test fly

Entailfly, wing

Verb groupfly, fly, fly

Domain categoryair, air travel, aircraft, aviation

4. fly (contact) transport by aeroplane

SamplesWe fly flowers from the Caribbean to North America.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)carry, transport

Narrower (hyponym)airlift, lift

Verb groupaviate, fly, pilot

5. fly (motion) cause to fly or float

SamplesFly a kite.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)kite

Causebe adrift, blow, drift, float

Verb groupfly

6. fly (motion) be dispersed or disseminated

SamplesRumors and accusations are flying.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

7. fly (change) change quickly from one emotional state to another

SamplesFly into a rage.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)change

8. fly (motion) pass away rapidly

SamplesTime flies like an arrow.
Time fleeing beneath him.

Synonymsfell, vanish

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)elapse, glide by, go along, go by, lapse, pass, slide by, slip away, slip by

Verb groupfly, vanish, vaporize

9. fly (motion) travel in an airplane

SamplesShe is flying to Cincinnati tonight.
Are we driving or flying?.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)travel

Narrower (hyponym)red-eye

Verb groupaviate, fly, pilot

Domain categoryair, air travel, aviation

10. fly (perception) display in the air or cause to float

SamplesFly a kite.
All nations fly their flags in front of the U.N..

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)show

Verb groupfly

11. fly (motion) run away quickly

SamplesHe threw down his gun and fled.

Synonymsflee, take flight

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)break away, bunk, escape, fly the coop, head for the hills, hightail it, lam, run, run away, scarper, scat, take to the woods, turn tail

Narrower (hyponym)abscond, absquatulate, bolt, break, break loose, decamp, defect, desert, elope, escape, get away, go off, high-tail, make off, run off, run off, stampede

12. fly (motion) travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft

SamplesLindbergh was the first to fly the Atlantic.

ExamplesThese men fly the river

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)journey, travel

Verb groupaviate, fly, fly, pilot, wing

13. fly (contact) hit a fly

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)hit

Domain categorybaseball, baseball game

14. fly (change) decrease rapidly and disappear

SamplesThe money vanished in las Vegas.
All my stock assets have vaporized.

Synonymsvanish, vaporize

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)decrease, diminish, fall, lessen

Verb groupfell, fly, vanish

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