• WordNet 3.6
    • adj fleet moving very fast "fleet of foot","the fleet scurrying of squirrels","a swift current","swift flight of an arrow","a swift runner"
    • v fleet disappear gradually "The pain eventually passed off"
    • v fleet move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart "The hummingbird flitted among the branches"
    • n fleet a group of warships organized as a tactical unit
    • n fleet a group of steamships operating together under the same ownership
    • n fleet group of motor vehicles operating together under the same ownership
    • n fleet group of aircraft operating together under the same ownership
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The British fleet arrived The British fleet arrived
Lords of the Admiralty inspect the fleet Lords of the Admiralty inspect the fleet

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The material to build the Taj Mahal was brought in from various parts of India by a fleet of 1000 elephants
    • Fleet A flood; a creek or inlet; a bay or estuary; a river; -- obsolete, except as a place name, -- as Fleet Street in London. "Together wove we nets to entrap the fish
      In floods and sedgy fleets ."
    • Fleet A former prison in London, which originally stood near a stream, the Fleetnow filled up).
    • n Fleet A number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also, the collective naval force of a country, etc.
    • Fleet Light; superficially thin; not penetrating deep, as soil.
    • Fleet Swift in motion; moving with velocity; light and quick in going from place to place; nimble. "In mail their horses clad, yet fleet and strong."
    • Fleet (Naut) To cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or windlass, as a rope or chain.
    • Fleet (Naut) To draw apart the blocks of; -- said of a tackle.
    • fleet To fly swiftly; to pass over quickly; to hasten; to flit as a light substance. "All the unaccomplished works of Nature's hand, . . . Dissolved on earth, fleet hither."
    • Fleet To hasten over; to cause to pass away lighty, or in mirth and joy. "Many young gentlemen flock to him, and fleet the time carelessly."
    • fleet (Naut) To move or change in position; -- said of persons; as, the crew fleeted aft.
    • Fleet (Naut) To move or change in position; used only in special phrases; as, of fleet aft the crew. "We got the long “stick” . . . down and “ fleeted ” aft, where it was secured."
    • Fleet To pass over rapidly; to skin the surface of; as, a ship that fleets the gulf.
    • fleet To sail; to float. "And in frail wood on Adrian Gulf doth fleet ."
    • fleet (Naut) To slip on the whelps or the barrel of a capstan or windlass; -- said of a cable or hawser.
    • v. t Fleet To take the cream from; to skim.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1281, the Mongol army of Kublai Khan tried to invade Japan but were ravaged by a hurricane that destroyed their fleet
    • fleet To float.
    • fleet To swim.
    • fleet To sail; navigate.
    • fleet To flow; run, as water; flow away.
    • fleet To overflow; abound.
    • fleet To gutter, as a candle.
    • fleet To fly swiftly; flit, as a light substance; pass away quickly.
    • fleet Nautical, to change place: said of men at work: as, to fleet forward or aft in a boat.
    • fleet To fly swiftly over; skim over the surface of: as, a ship that fleets the gulf.
    • fleet To cause to pass swiftly or lightly.
    • fleet Nautical, to change the position of: as, to fleet a tackle (to change its position after the blocks are drawn together so as to use it again); to fleet the men aft (to order men to move further aft). The word is used only in special phrases like the above; it is not applicable to every change of position. Thus, if one rope were fastened to a hawser or a shroud, one would say “Fleet that rope higher” or “lower,” as the case might be; but one would not say “Fleet that coil of rope.”
    • n fleet A number of ships or other vessels, in company, under the same command, or employed in the same service, particularly in war or in fishing: as, a fleet of men-of-war, or of war-canoes; the fishing-fleet on the Banks; the fleet of a steamship company.
    • n fleet Specifically, a number of vessels of war organized for offense or defense under one commander, with subordinate commanders of single vessels and sometimes of squadrons; a naval armament.
    • n fleet In fishing, a single line of 100 hooks: so called when the bultow was introduced in Newfoundland (1846).
    • n fleet An arm of the sea; an inlet; a river or creek: now used only as an element in place-names: as, Northfleet, Southfleet, Fleetditch.
    • fleet Swift of motion; moving or able to move with rapidity; rapid.
    • fleet To skim, as cream from milk.
    • fleet Nautical, to skim up fresh water from the surface of (the sea), as practised at the mouth of the Rhone, of the Nile, etc.
    • fleet Light; superficially fruitful; thin; not penetrating deep, as soil.
    • fleet In a manner so as to affect only the surface; superficially.
    • n fleet A dialectal (Scotch) variant of flute.
    • fleet Skimmed; skim: applied to skim-milk or to cheese made from it: as, fleet milk, fleet cheese.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hong Kong has the world's largest double-decker tram fleet in the world.
    • n Fleet flēt a number of ships in company, esp. ships of war: a division of the navy, commanded by an admiral.
    • adj Fleet flēt swift: nimble: transient:
    • v.i Fleet flēt to flit, pass swiftly
    • v.t Fleet (Shak.) to make to pass quickly:—pr.p. fleet′ing; pa.p. fleet′ed
    • n Fleet flēt a shallow creek or bay, as in Northfleet, Fleet-ditch, &c
    • adj Fleet flēt (prov.) shallow
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  • Robert Nathan
    Robert Nathan
    “Beauty is ever to the lonely mind a shadow fleeting; she is never plain. She is a visitor who leaves behind the gift of grief, the souvenir of pain.”
  • Hippocrates
    “Life is short, the art long, opportunity fleeting, experiment treacherous, judgment difficult.”
  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “When the senses contact sense objects, a person experiences cold or heat, pleasure or pain. These experiences are fleeting they come and go. Bear them patiently.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.”
  • Charles Lamb
    “The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy, who can be dull in Fleet Street.”
  • Ken Livingstone
    Ken Livingstone
    “What a squalid and irresponsible little profession it is. Nothing prepares you for how bad Fleet Street really is until it craps on you from a great height.”


Fleet of foot - If someone is fleet of foot, they are very quick.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fleten, fleoten, to swim, AS. fleótan, to swim, float; akin to D. vlieten, to flow, OS. fliotan, OHG. fliozzan, G. fliessen, Icel. fljōta, to float, flow, Sw. flyta, D. flyde, L. pluere, to rain, Gr. plei^n to sail, swim, float, Skr. plu, to swim, sail. √84. Cf. Fleet (n. & a.) Float Pluvial Flow
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Ice. fliótr, swift; but ult. cog. with succeeding word.


In literature:

Hitherto working men had taken only a fleeting and fitful interest in politics.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
The English and Spanish fleets sailed on the 19th, carrying off some 6,000 refugees, and Hood's fleet anchored in Hyeres bay.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
They may attack and destroy your fleet.
"Xerxes" by Jacob Abbott
Soon the Persian fleet became a disorderly mass of flying ships, the Greek fleet a well-ordered array of furious pursuers.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Carthage, on the contrary, had a large and powerful fleet, and now began to use it with great effect.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
I Fleet-Captain Arjen am.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
Day after day Jack's fleet held on its course, and the weather continued unbroken and fine.
"As We Sweep Through The Deep" by Gordon Stables
Captain Saumarez, during the time the fleet remained there and at Antigua, was the most active in harassing the enemy.
"Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez, Vol. I" by Sir John Ross
The scanty store of provisions that had been sent with the fleet, moreover, was nearly exhausted, and thus a new difficulty arose.
"The Life of Thomas, Lord Cochrane, Tenth Earl of Dundonald, Vol. II" by Thomas Lord Cochrane
She says the original dispute was a Fleet matter ... in other words, none of our business.
"The Star Hyacinths" by James H. Schmitz

In poetry:

'Tis not a memory, Love,
Thoughts of the past,
Fleeting remembrances
Which may not last,--
"Parted" by Sophie Margaret Hensley
Haste, death! be fleet;
I know it will be sweet
To rest beneath the sod,
To kneel and kiss Thy feet
In heaven, O my God!
"When? (Death)" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Fleeting time is on the wing—
Surely Winter, joyous Spring,
Glowing Summer, Autumn sere,
Mark the changes of the year.
"The Lesson Of The Seasons" by David John Scott
Fleeting years are ever bearing
In their silent course away
All that in our pleasures sharing
Lent to life a cheering ray.
"Ehue! Fugaces, Posthume, Labuntur Anni" by Jones Very
The graceful palm-tree by the well,
Seen on the far horizon's rim;
The dark eyes of the fleet gazelle,
Bent timidly on him;
"My Thanks," by John Greenleaf Whittier
Never to hold or to bind—
Only to know how fleet
The dream that is and yet is not his,—
Virginal — wild — and sweet.
"The Poet" by Theodosia Garrison

In news:

The freight they carry is moving briskly, especially in the automotive and energy sectors, but prosperity is somewhat spotty, say fleet managers.
Fleet Street Kitchen off to a strong start.
Pouring a sauce for a fish entree at Fleet Street Kitchen.
Lunch for $10 or less: Fleet Street Market.
Turkey sandwich at Fleet Street Market.
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street .
In addition to Bagby Pizza Company and TEN TEN, its newest restaurant, Fleet Street Kitchen, is scheduled to open Sept 20 in the historic building.
The recently opened Fleet Street Market offers shoppers a place to pick up fresh produce and organic ingredients in Fells Point.
Restaurant openings Adventures in Fleet Street : Watch a Nashville Pub Come to Life.
St Paul's Cathedral is seen at dusk beyond Fleet Street in central London on April 28, 2008.
I saw a spectacular performance of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street .
You could say its a pretty cut-throat business, and it's really not far from Fleet Street .
Fleet Street Fishwrap Takes America.
Oct 30, 2012 David Cullen Fleet Owner.
INTERVIEWS Hear the Pharmacy's Fleet- Footed 'Make Me Remember'.

In science:

An alien invasion fleet is interfering with the connection to the global positioning satellite.
To study the phenomenon of the Moravec's Paradox
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) are gaining recognition in developing countries like India. This paper describes the various components of our prototype implementation of a Real -time Passenger Information System (RTPIS) for a public transport system like a fleet of buses.
Implementation of a Real Time Passenger Information System
In Section 6, we provide estimates of the s erver load and fleet size that can be managed by the system.
Implementation of a Real Time Passenger Information System
The proposed system is also quite universal in nature and it is possible to extend the methodology for other type of fleet movement where security is of paramount importance.
Implementation of a Real Time Passenger Information System
S&T Methodology for the FlagshipFuturICT to organise synergy effects and stimulate convergence of these projects along FuturICT’s grand vision in a fleet-like manner was already demonstrated during the Pilot Phase.