Pronunciation: (flīt),[key] —n. 1. the act, manner, or power of flying.
2. the distance covered or the course taken by a flying object: a 500-mile flight; the flight of the ball. 3. a trip by an airplane, glider, etc.
4. a scheduled trip on an airline: a 5 o'clock flight. 5. a number of beings or things flying or passing through the air together: a flight of geese. 6. the basic tactical unit of military air forces, consisting of two or more aircraft.
7. the act, principles, or technique of flying an airplane: flight training. 8. a journey into or through outer space: a rocket flight. 9. swift movement, transition, or progression: the flight of time. 10. a soaring above or transcending ordinary bounds: a flight of fancy. 11. a series of steps between one floor or landing of a building and the next.
12. Archery. a. See flight arrow. b. the distance such an arrow travels when shot.
—v.i. (of wild fowls) to fly in coordinated flocks.
Pronunciation: (flīt),[key] —n. 1. an act or instance of fleeing or running away; hasty departure.
2. put to flight, to force to flee or run away; rout: She succeeded in putting the intruder to flight. 3. take flight, to retreat; run away; flee: The wild animals took flight before the onrushing fire.Also,take to flight.