• WordNet 3.6
    • n fleetness rapidity of movement "fleetness of foot"
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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
    • n Fleetness Swiftness; rapidity; velocity; celerity; speed; as, the fleetness of a horse or of time.
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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
    • n fleetness The quality of being fleet; swiftness; rapidity in motion; speed.
    • n fleetness Synonyms Swiftness, Speed, etc. See quickness.
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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.”
  • Ann Landers
    “Sensual pleasures have the fleeting brilliance of a comet; a happy marriage has the tranquillity of a lovely sunset.”
  • Charles Baudelaire
    “Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.”


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


In literature:

Could Pallas burn the Grecian fleet, and drown Their crews, for one man's crime, Oileus' frenzied son?
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
You will scarcely stop the lord admiral, going in disguise to Dover to make a secret inspection of the fleet?
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
His destination was the Delaware; and he hoped to find the British fleet in that river, and their army in Philadelphia.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 3 (of 5)" by John Marshall
On the eve of the day the fleet was scheduled to arrive this notice was delivered.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
It was but a fleeting glimpse that Robert had of the second man, but he believed that it was Garay.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He supplied the fleet with men and money, and ordered the admiral to sail for Madras.
"With Clive in India" by G. A. Henty
That has to be put out of commission or they can blast any attacking fleet.
"The Revolt on Venus" by Carey Rockwell
The first, opened at the Canaries, contained the name of the island in the West Indies at which the fleet was first to call.
"The Buccaneers in the West Indies in the XVII Century" by Clarence Henry Haring
Further south, beating up against the northerly winds, came a third fleet with the gold and red of Spain fluttering from its masthead.
"Edison's Conquest of Mars" by Garrett Putman Serviss
The Prussian fleet merged into the North German Confederation in 1867, and in turn became part of the fleet of the new German Empire in 1871.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller

In poetry:

Only the breathing temple and fleet
Life, this wildworth blown so sweet,
These daredeaths, ay this crew, in
Unchrist, all rolled in ruin—
"The Loss Of The Eurydice" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
The eye in smiles may wander round,
Caught by earth's shadows as they fleet;
But for the soul no help is found,
Save Him who made it, meet.
"Thirteenth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
A thousand ages, in their flight,
With Thee are as a fleeting day;
Past, present, future, to Thy sight
At once their various scenes display.
"Ere mountains reared their forms sublime," by Harriet Auber
Vermilion wings, by distance held
To pause aflight while fleeting swift:
And high aloft the pearl inshelled
Her lucid glow in glow will lift;
"The Thrush In February" by George Meredith
"Not where they seem their signals fly,
Their voices while we listen die;
We cannot keep, however fleet,
The quick time of their winged feet.
"The Seeking Of The Waterfall" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The green earth echoed to the feet
Of lambs that bounded through the glade,
From shade to sunshine, and as fleet
From sunshine back to shade.
"Anecdote For Fathers" by William Wordsworth

In news:

I'm Looking Forward To The Blessing Of The Fleet In Montauk.
Inside the US Botanic Garden on a nippy Saturday afternoon, it wasn't the humidity or the greenery that made the indoor gardens feel otherworldly — it was the shimmering ambient music being played on a fleet of boomboxes .
A total of 210 Canucks were built in two years by Fleet Manufacturing, Ltd in Fort Erie, Ontario, and of those a healthy percentage are still in flying condition.
We now have a successful design that meets the needs of our officers and the Fleet Services organization so when the next batch of Caprices arrives later this year we will be on the...
The BMW On Demand service in the US will start with a fleet of 100 BMW 328i sedans.
The Gorge Blowout started in the early 1980s with a small fleet of catamaran sailboats.
During the fleet race, the guest on the back of Russell Coutts' Oracle boat was four-time Olympic sprint gold-medalist Michael Johnson — but not for long.
Olympic spirit may be fleeting but you can catch it just the same.
Automotive Fleet The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine.
"The Boeing 767 freighter is the workhorse of our fleet," Mitch Nichols, president of UPS airlines, said in a statement.
It's been nearly three years since Fleet Foxes' self-titled debut catapulted the Seattle band from small clubs to massive sold-out shows and the stage of Saturday Night Live.
That's made the weight of expectation heavy for Fleet Foxes' follow-up.
Marathon Oil Corp has presented its Sixth Annual Fleet Safety and Performance Awards to members of Marathon's proprietary fleet operations group and its third-party carrier business partners.
Seon Design Inc introduced a new mobile surveillance solution for bus and coach fleets, regardless of fleet size or location — including multiple locations.

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.