May fly


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • May fly (Zoöl) any species of Ephemera, and allied genera; -- so called because the mature flies of many species appear in May. See Ephemeral fly, under Ephemeral.
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Nymph of May-fly Nymph of May-fly


  • Samuel Johnson
    “A fly may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.”
  • Joel Hawes
    Joel Hawes
    “Aim at the sun, and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if aimed at an object on a level with yourself.”
  • Robert Herrick
    Robert Herrick
    “Gather ye rose-buds while ye may, old Time is still a-flying: And this same flower that smiles today, tomorrow will be dying.”
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
    “Life may change, but it may fly not; Hope may vanish, but can die not; Truth be veiled, but still it burneth; Love repulsed, -- but it returneth.”
  • Francis Beaumont
    Francis Beaumont
    “Faith without works is like a bird without wings; though she may hop with her companions on earth, yet she will never fly with them to heaven.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Fly fishing may be a very pleasant amusement; but angling or float fishing I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other.”


In literature:

One day my father was angry with me, and in his wrath he said, 'May devils fly away with you!
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
But follow, that we may arouse even another, whomsoever it is fit, to deliberate whether to fly or fight.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
In one short hour the aspect of all may be changed, heavens overcast, snow flying, and wind rapidly driving.
"A Woman who went to Alaska" by May Kellogg Sullivan
Thy watch may stand, my minutes fly post-haste; No sound calls back the year that once is past.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
The duration in such cases may be reduced, and the "flying" method of starting and stopping employed.
"Steam, Its Generation and Use" by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
They may take warning and fly before we can get our hands upon them.
"Jack Wright and His Electric Stage;" by "Noname"
The process of annealing may be considered successful if the disc does not fly to pieces in working; it is to be worked on the chilled side.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall
Be ready, then, to fly for succour to those about you whom you may have found willing to help and serve you.
"Stories of Animal Sagacity" by W.H.G. Kingston
Nearer and nearer came the aerial wonder, flying in great circles, as you may have seen a dove when about to alight.
"My First Cruise" by W.H.G. Kingston
Incidentally it may be said that forced-landing practice by flying pupils is the most beneficial which may be imagined.
"Opportunities in Aviation" by Arthur Sweetser
That he may have been flying from something?
"The Motor Maids at Sunrise Camp" by Katherine Stokes
I have some power, and my son is powerful too, but that may not avail us long, and then you will have to fly.
"Under the Rebel's Reign" by Charles Neufeld
When sea birds fly out early, and far to seaward, moderate wind and fair weather may be expected.
"Barometer and Weather Guide" by Robert Fitzroy
But we may stop at some place where you can all take a flying trip.
"The Girls at Mount Morris" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Let the gnat fly as hard as he may, he will never keep up with the wind.
"Mystics and Saints of Islam" by Claud Field
You may be sure that they didn't catch the flies to oblige you.
"The Tale of the The Muley Cow" by Arthur Scott Bailey
As I say, you may do as much flying as you like.
"High Adventure" by James Norman Hall
I shall have to fly to-night, and may never be able to return openly to England again.
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
He may come back again, once he has had a good fly.
"Hoodie" by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
There is a proverb which says, A pig may fly, but it isn't a likely bird.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)" by Augustus de Morgan

In poetry:

We were stout-hearted men and true,
As England it did often say;
But now we may turn our backs and fly,
Since brave Noble is seld away.
"Hobbie Noble" by Andrew Lang
But they niver leeav us, niver -
Storms may come, but still they stay;
But th' first wind 'at ma's thee shiver,
Up tha mounts an' flies away.
"To th’ Swallow" by John Hartley
The little purple-winged swallows that fly
Through waves of the upper air,
Have a sweeter liberty, Lord, than I,
Who may not follow them there.
"A Pagan Prayer" by Virna Sheard
Through the earth for an age we may roam,
And through space our vision may fly,
Yet no pleasure is like that at home
When we gaze on a God-painted sky.
"Sunset" by Jared Barhite
Verses are not of these;
They bloom on earthly trees,
Poised on a low-hung stem,
And those may gather them
Who cannot fly to where
The heavenly gardens are.
"Prelude" by Susan Coolidge
I do not hear the words you speak,
    Nor touch your hands, nor see your eyes:
Yet, far away the flowers may grow
    From whence to me the fragrance flies;
"Together" by Sarah Orne Jewett

In news:

When you think of the future you may imagine things like flying cars or personalized jet packs.
Barbs may fly his way, but Enrique Peña Nieto widens his double-digit lead over rivals in the Mexican presidential race.
Flight technology and transportation innovations may have made it easier to fly, but cutbacks throughout the airline industry have raised more health and safety concerns among consumers than a sushi-stuffed Hot Pocket.
There may be one day flying cars, but no one will be able to tie their shoes.
30 am, May 30, a fly-over is scheduled by an A-10 Warthog from Selfridge Air National Guard Base.
0The holidays may be called the most wonderful time of the year, but they're not always the most wonderful time to fly.
Flying objects may be seen in the sky in couple of nights.
During its annual migration, a single snipe may fly for 96 consecutive hours, covering more than 4,000 miles.
European Commission flags fly at the EU headquarters in Brussels on May 9, 2011.
Fruit flies may seem as if they lead an uneventful life.
We may drive, fly or take a train.
In winter, flying in the snowy mountains may resemble a Canadian operator 's business.
An MV-22 Osprey flies overhead as the US Marines conduct a public helicopter demonstration in May 2010 in New York.
USA Today Americans flying to Europe this fall may pay hundreds of dollars more than their counterparts traveling the opposite way over the Atlantic.
Climate-change solutions may not fly.

In science:

As we have seen the inserted energy causes heating effects which may wipe out all signatures of the FLI.
Real-time evolution for weak interaction quenches in quantum systems
Such flying dust, which may be charged by the solar wind and securely attached to components electrostatically, arises not only as a result of landing but also from meteoroidal impacts, and from local traffic encouraged by observatories that require frequent service or upgrades.
Does the Lunar Surface Still Offer Value As a Site for Astronomical Observatories?