flight /flaɪt/ noun
a : the act of flying : the act of moving through the air by the use of wings
- the flight of a bee
- bird in flight[=a bird that is flying]
b : the act of moving through the air or through outer space
- the flight of a bullet/baseball
- the flight of a rocket to the moon
2 [count, noncount] : the act of running away in order to escape from danger
- the flight of refugees
a : a journey on an airplane
- an overnight flight
- a transatlantic flight
- a direct/nonstop flight
b : the airplane that is making a journey
- Our flight leaves at noon.
- They boarded Flight
4 [count] : a group of similar birds, airplanes, etc., that are flying through the air together
- a flight of geese
5 [count] : a series of stairs going from one level or floor to another
- Her apartment is five flights
- He fell down a flight of stairs.
flight of fancy also flight of imagination/fantasy
: an idea, story, etc., that shows great imagination but is very unlikely to be true or practical
- The book is filled with flights of fancy about the future of the computer industry.
put (someone) to flight formal + old-fashioned
: to cause (someone) to leave or run away
- The rebels were put to flight by the advancing army.
1 : to leave or run away from danger
- Fearing arrest, they took flight and hid in the mountains.
2 : to begin flying
- The bird took flight [=took wing] when we tried to approach it.
3 : to begin a period of rapid activity, development, or growth
- The idea really took flight[=took off] and soon it seemed everyone was copying it.