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Fly vs. Glide

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Flynoun

(zoology) Any insect of the order Diptera; characterized by having two wings (except for some wingless species), also called true flies.

Glideverb

(intransitive) To move softly, smoothly, or effortlessly.

Flynoun

(non-technical) Especially, any of the insects of the family Muscidae, such as the common housefly (other families of Diptera include mosquitoes and midges).

Glideverb

(intransitive) To fly unpowered, as of an aircraft. Also relates to gliding birds and flying fish.

Flynoun

Any similar, but unrelated insect such as dragonfly or butterfly.

Glideverb

(transitive) To cause to glide.

Flynoun

(fishing) A lightweight fishing lure resembling an insect.

Glideverb

(phonetics) To pass with a glide, as the voice.

Flynoun

(weightlifting) A chest exercise performed by moving extended arms from the sides to in front of the chest. (also flye)

Glidenoun

The act of gliding.

Flynoun

(obsolete) A witch's familiar.

Glidenoun

(phonology) A transitional sound, especially a semivowel.

Flynoun

(obsolete) A parasite.

Glidenoun

(fencing) An attack or preparatory movement made by sliding down the opponent’s blade, keeping it in constant contact.

Flynoun

(swimming) The butterfly stroke (plural is normally flys)

Glidenoun

A bird, the glede or kite.

Flynoun

A simple dance in which the hands are shaken in the air, popular in the 1960s.

Glidenoun

A kind of cap affixed to the base of the legs of furniture to prevent it from damaging the floor.

Flynoun

(obsolete) The action of flying; flight.

Glidenoun

The joining of two sounds without a break.

Flynoun

An act of flying.

‘We had a quick half-hour fly back into the city.’; ‘There was a good wind, so I decided to give the kite a fly.’;

Glidenoun

A smooth and sliding step in dancing the waltz.

Flynoun

(baseball) A fly ball.

Glidenoun

The glede or kite.

Flynoun

A type of small, fast carriage (sometimes pluralised flys).

Glidenoun

The act or manner of moving smoothly, swiftly, and without labor or obstruction.

‘They prey at last ensnared, he dreadful darts,With rapid glide, along the leaning line.’; ‘Seeing Orlando, it unlink'd itself,And with indented glides did slip away.’;

Flynoun

A piece of canvas that covers the opening at the front of a tent.

Glidenoun

A transitional sound in speech which is produced by the changing of the mouth organs from one definite position to another, and with gradual change in the most frequent cases; as in passing from the begining to the end of a regular diphthong, or from vowel to consonant or consonant to vowel in a syllable, or from one component to the other of a double or diphthongal consonant (see Guide to Pronunciation, 19, 161, 162). Also (by Bell and others), the vanish (or brief final element) or the brief initial element, in a class of diphthongal vowels, or the brief final or initial part of some consonants (see Guide to Pronunciation, 18, 97, 191).

Flynoun

(often plural) A strip of material (sometimes hiding zippers or buttons) at the front of a pair of trousers, pants, underpants, bootees, etc.

‘Ha-ha! Your flies are undone!’;

Glidenoun

Movement of a glider, aëroplane, etc., through the air under gravity or its own movement.

Flynoun

The free edge of a flag.

Glideverb

To move gently and smoothly; to pass along without noise, violence, or apparent effort; to pass rapidly and easily, or with a smooth, silent motion, as a river in its channel, a bird in the air, a skater over ice.

‘The river glideth at his own sweet will.’;

Flynoun

The horizontal length of a flag.

Glideverb

To pass with a glide, as the voice.

Flynoun

(weightlifting) An exercise that involves wide opening and closing of the arms perpendicular to the shoulders.

Glideverb

To move through the air by virtue of gravity or momentum; to volplane.

Flynoun

The part of a vane pointing the direction from which the wind blows.

Glidenoun

a vowel-like sound that serves as a consonant

Flynoun

(nautical) That part of a compass on which the points are marked; the compass card.

Glidenoun

the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it;

‘his slide didn't stop until the bottom of the hill’; ‘the children lined up for a coast down the snowy slope’;

Flynoun

Two or more vanes set on a revolving axis, to act as a fanner, or to equalize or impede the motion of machinery by the resistance of the air, as in the striking part of a clock.

Glidenoun

the activity of flying a glider

Flynoun

A heavy wheel, or cross arms with weights at the ends on a revolving axis, to regulate or equalize the motion of machinery by means of its inertia, where the power communicated, or the resistance to be overcome, is variable, as in the steam engine or the coining press. See flywheel.

Glideverb

move smoothly and effortlessly

Flynoun

(historical) A light horse-drawn carriage that can be hired for transportation.

Glideverb

fly in or as if in a glider plane

Flynoun

In a knitting machine, the piece hinged to the needle, which holds the engaged loop in position while the needle is penetrating another loop; a latch.

Glideverb

cause to move or pass silently, smoothly, or imperceptibly

Flynoun

The pair of arms revolving around the bobbin, in a spinning wheel or spinning frame, to twist the yarn.

Flynoun

(weaving) A shuttle driven through the shed by a blow or jerk.

Flynoun

The person who took the printed sheets from the press.

Flynoun

A vibrating frame with fingers, attached to a power printing press for doing the same work.

Flynoun

One of the upper screens of a stage in a theatre.

Flynoun

(cotton manufacture) waste cotton

Flynoun

A wing.

‘The bullet barely grazed the wild fowl's fly.’;

Flyverb

(intransitive) To travel through the air, another gas, or a vacuum, without being in contact with a grounded surface.

‘Birds of passage fly to warmer regions as it gets colder in winter.’; ‘The Concorde flew from Paris to New York faster than any other passenger airplane.’; ‘It takes about eleven hours to fly from Frankfurt to Hongkong.’; ‘The little fairy flew home on the back of her friend, the giant eagle.’;

Flyverb

To flee, to escape (from).

‘Fly, my lord! The enemy are upon us!’;

Flyverb

To cause to fly travel or float in the air: to transport via air or the like.

‘Charles Lindbergh flew his airplane The Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic ocean.’; ‘Why don’t you go outside and fly kites, kids? The wind is just perfect.’; ‘Birds fly their prey to their nest to feed it to their young.’; ‘Each day the post flies thousands of letters around the globe.’;

Flyverb

To be accepted, come about or work out.

‘Let's see if that idea flies.’; ‘You know, I just don't think that's going to fly. Why don't you spend your time on something better?’;

Flyverb

(intransitive) To travel very fast, hasten.

Flyverb

To move suddenly, or with violence; to do an act suddenly or swiftly.

‘a door flies open;’; ‘a bomb flies apart’;

Flyverb

To display (a flag) on a flagpole.

Flyverb

To hunt with a hawk.

Flyverb

To hit a fly ball; to hit a fly ball that is caught for an out. Compare ground (verb) and line (verb).

‘Jones flied to right in his last at-bat.’;

Flyadjective

Quick-witted, alert, mentally sharp.

Flyadjective

(slang) Well dressed, smart in appearance; in style, cool.

‘He's pretty fly.’;

Flyadjective

(slang) Beautiful; displaying physical beauty.

Flyadjective

Sneaky

Flyverb

To move in or pass through the air with wings, as a bird.

Flyverb

To move through the air or before the wind; esp., to pass or be driven rapidly through the air by any impulse.

Flyverb

To float, wave, or rise in the air, as sparks or a flag.

‘Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.’;

Flyverb

To move or pass swiftly; to hasten away; to circulate rapidly; as, a ship flies on the deep; a top flies around; rumor flies.

‘Fly, envious Time, till thou run out thy race.’; ‘The dark waves murmured as the ships flew on.’;

Flyverb

To run from danger; to attempt to escape; to flee; as, an enemy or a coward flies. See Note under Flee.

‘Fly, ere evil intercept thy flight.’; ‘Whither shall I fly to escape their hands ?’;

Flyverb

To move suddenly, or with violence; to do an act suddenly or swiftly; - usually with a qualifying word; as, a door flies open; a bomb flies apart.

Flyverb

To cause to fly or to float in the air, as a bird, a kite, a flag, etc.

‘The brave black flag I fly.’;

Flyverb

To fly or flee from; to shun; to avoid.

‘Sleep flies the wretch.’; ‘To fly the favors of so good a king.’;

Flyverb

To hunt with a hawk.

Flyverb

To manage (an aircraft) in flight; as, to fly an aëroplane.

Flynoun

Any winged insect; esp., one with transparent wings; as, the Spanish fly; firefly; gall fly; dragon fly.

Flynoun

A hook dressed in imitation of a fly, - used for fishing.

Flynoun

A familiar spirit; a witch's attendant.

‘A trifling fly, none of your great familiars.’;

Flynoun

A parasite.

Flynoun

A kind of light carriage for rapid transit, plying for hire and usually drawn by one horse.

Flynoun

The length of an extended flag from its staff; sometimes, the length from the "union" to the extreme end.

Flynoun

The part of a vane pointing the direction from which the wind blows.

Flynoun

That part of a compass on which the points are marked; the compass card.

Flynoun

Two or more vanes set on a revolving axis, to act as a fanner, or to equalize or impede the motion of machinery by the resistance of the air, as in the striking part of a clock.

Flynoun

The piece hinged to the needle, which holds the engaged loop in position while the needle is penetrating another loop; a latch.

Flynoun

The pair of arms revolving around the bobbin, in a spinning wheel or spinning frame, to twist the yarn.

Flynoun

A shuttle driven through the shed by a blow or jerk.

Flynoun

Formerly, the person who took the printed sheets from the press.

Flynoun

The outer canvas of a tent with double top, usually drawn over the ridgepole, but so extended as to touch the roof of the tent at no other place.

Flynoun

One of the upper screens of a stage in a theater.

Flynoun

The fore flap of a bootee; also, a lap on trousers, overcoats, etc., to conceal a row of buttons.

Flynoun

A batted ball that flies to a considerable distance, usually high in the air; also, the flight of a ball so struck; as, it was caught on the fly. Also called fly ball.

Flynoun

Waste cotton.

Flyadjective

Knowing; wide awake; fully understanding another's meaning.

Flynoun

two-winged insects characterized by active flight

Flynoun

flap consisting of a piece of canvas that can be drawn back to provide entrance to a tent

Flynoun

an opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or buttons concealed by a fold of cloth

Flynoun

(baseball) a hit that flies up in the air

Flynoun

fisherman's lure consisting of a fishhook decorated to look like an insect

Flyverb

travel through the air; be airborne;

‘Man cannot fly’;

Flyverb

move quickly or suddenly;

‘He flew about the place’;

Flyverb

fly a plane

Flyverb

transport by aeroplane;

‘We fly flowers from the Caribbean to North America’;

Flyverb

cause to fly or float;

‘fly a kite’;

Flyverb

be dispersed or disseminated;

‘Rumors and accusations are flying’;

Flyverb

change quickly from one emotional state to another;

‘fly into a rage’;

Flyverb

pass away rapidly;

‘Time flies like an arrow’; ‘Time fleeing beneath him’;

Flyverb

travel in an airplane;

‘she is flying to Cincinnati tonight’; ‘Are we driving or flying?’;

Flyverb

display in the air or cause to float;

‘fly a kite’; ‘All nations fly their flags in front of the U.N.’;

Flyverb

run away quickly;

‘He threw down his gun and fled’;

Flyverb

travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft;

‘Lindbergh was the first to fly the Atlantic’;

Flyverb

hit a fly

Flyverb

decrease rapidly and disappear;

‘the money vanished in las Vegas’; ‘all my stock assets have vaporized’;

Flyadjective

(British informal) not to be deceived or hoodwinked

Fly

Flies are insects of the order Diptera, the name being derived from the Greek δι- di- , and πτερόν pteron . Insects of this order use only a single pair of wings to fly, the hindwings having evolved into advanced mechanosensory organs known as halteres, which act as high-speed sensors of rotational movement and allow dipterans to perform advanced aerobatics.

‘two’; ‘wing’;

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