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Definition 1: (baseball) a hit that flies up in the air - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for fly in the sense of this definition

(fly is a kind of ...) the act of contacting one thing with another

"repeated hitting raised a large bruise" "after three misses she finally got a hit"

(... is a kind of fly ) a very long fly ball

(... is a kind of fly ) a short high fly ball

(... is a kind of fly ) (baseball) a hit that flies straight out from the batter

"the batter hit a liner to the shortstop"

(... is a kind of fly ) (baseball) a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield

(... is a kind of fly ) (baseball) a fly ball that falls between and infielder and an outfielder

(fly belongs to category ...) a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs

"he played baseball in high school" "there was a baseball game on every empty lot" "there was a desire for National League ball in the area" "play ball!"

Definition 2: two-winged insects characterized by active flight - [noun denoting animal]

(fly is a kind of ...) insects having usually a single pair of functional wings (anterior pair) with the posterior pair reduced to small knobbed structures and mouth parts adapted for sucking or lapping or piercing

(... is a kind of fly ) small black European fly introduced into North America; sucks blood from cattle especially at the base of the horn

(... is a kind of fly ) hairy nectar-eating fly that resembles a bee; larvae are parasitic on larvae of bees and related insects

(... is a kind of fly ) any of various large flies that annoy livestock

(... is a kind of fly ) bristly fly whose larvae live parasitically in caterpillars and other insects; important in control of noxious insects

(... is a kind of fly ) fly whose larvae feed on carrion or the flesh of living animals

(... is a kind of fly ) large usually hairy metallic blue or green fly; lays eggs in carrion or dung or wounds

(... is a kind of fly ) bloodsucking African fly; transmits sleeping sickness etc.

(... is a kind of fly ) common fly that frequents human habitations and spreads many diseases

(fly is a part of ...) scalelike structure between the base of the wing and the halter of a two-winged fly

(... is a member of fly) a large order of insects having a single pair of wings and sucking or piercing mouths; includes true flies and mosquitoes and gnats and crane flies

Definition 3: an opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or by buttons concealed under a fold of cloth - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for fly in the sense of this definition

(fly is a kind of ...) a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made

"they left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door"

(... is part of fly) an article of clothing

"garments of the finest silk"

Definition 4: flap consisting of a piece of canvas that can be drawn back to provide entrance to a tent - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for fly in the sense of this definition

(fly is a kind of ...) any broad thin and limber covering attached at one edge; hangs loose or projects freely

"he wrote on the flap of the envelope"

(... is part of fly) a tent with a fly front

Definition 5: fisherman's lure consisting of a fishhook decorated to look like an insect - [noun denoting artifact]

(fly is a kind of ...) (angling) any bright artificial bait consisting of plastic or metal mounted with hooks and trimmed with feathers

(... is a kind of fly ) a fly (fisherman's lure) that skims the surface of the water

(... is a kind of fly ) an artificial fly that has wings extending back beyond the crook of the fishhook

(... is a kind of fly ) fisherman's fly that floats under the surface of the water

Definition 6: decrease rapidly and disappear - [verb of change]

Samples where fly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the money vanished in las Vegas
  • all my stock assets have vaporized

Synonyms for fly in the sense of this definition

(fly is a kind of ...) decrease in size, extent, or range

"The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester" "The cabin pressure fell dramatically" "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds" "his voice fell to a whisper"

(fly has a similar meaning as ...) pass away rapidly

"Time flies like an arrow" "Time fleeing beneath him"

Definition 7: change quickly from one emotional state to another - [verb of change]

Samples where fly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fly into a rage

(fly is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

Definition 8: transport by aeroplane - [verb of contact]

Samples where fly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We fly flowers from the Caribbean to North America

(fly is a kind of ...) move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body

"You must carry your camping gear" "carry the suitcases to the car" "This train is carrying nuclear waste" "These pipes carry waste water into the river"

(... is a kind of fly ) fly people or goods to or from places not accessible by other means

"Food is airlifted into Bosnia"

(fly has a similar meaning as ...) operate an airplane

"The pilot flew to Cuba"

Definition 9: hit a fly - [verb of contact]

(fly is a kind of ...) cause to move by striking

"hit a ball"

(fly belongs to category ...) a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs

"he played baseball in high school" "there was a baseball game on every empty lot" "there was a desire for National League ball in the area" "play ball!"

Definition 10: travel through the air; be airborne - [verb of motion]

Samples where fly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Man cannot fly

Synonyms for fly in the sense of this definition

(fly is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(... is a kind of fly ) fly low

"Planes buzzed the crowds in the square"

(... is a kind of fly ) fly in high wind

(... is a kind of fly ) fly in a flock

"flighting wild geese"

(... is a kind of fly ) continue flying

(... is a kind of fly ) fly upwards or high in the sky

(... is a kind of fly ) hang in the air; fly or be suspended above

(fly has a similar meaning as ...) travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft

"Lindbergh was the first to fly the Atlantic"

Definition 11: operate an airplane - [verb of motion]

Samples where fly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The pilot flew to Cuba

Synonyms for fly in the sense of this definition

(fly is a kind of ...) handle and cause to function

"do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol" "control the lever"

(... is a kind of fly ) fly by means of a hang glider

(... is a kind of fly ) fly very close to the ground

(... is a kind of fly ) ride in a hot-air balloon

"He tried to balloon around the earth but storms forced him to land in China"

(... is a kind of fly ) glide on the water in a hydroplane

(... is a kind of fly ) fly in or as if in a glider plane

(... is a kind of fly ) fly a jet plane

(... is a kind of fly ) test a plane

(... is a kind of fly ) fly alone, without a co-pilot or passengers

(... is a kind of fly ) fly a plane by using visible landmarks or points of reference

(... is a kind of fly ) fly an airplane solely by relying on instruments

(fly implies ...) travel through the air; be airborne

"Man cannot fly"

(fly has a similar meaning as ...) travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft

"Lindbergh was the first to fly the Atlantic"

(fly has a similar meaning as ...) travel in an airplane

"she is flying to Cincinnati tonight" "Are we driving or flying?"

(fly has a similar meaning as ...) transport by aeroplane

"We fly flowers from the Caribbean to North America"

(fly belongs to category ...) a vehicle that can fly

(fly belongs to category ...) travel via aircraft

"air travel involves too much waiting in airports" "if you've time to spare go by air"

Definition 12: move quickly or suddenly - [verb of motion]

Samples where fly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He flew about the place

(fly is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

Definition 13: run away quickly - [verb of motion]

Samples where fly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He threw down his gun and fled

Synonyms for fly in the sense of this definition

(fly is a kind of ...) flee; take to one's heels; cut and run

"If you see this man, run!" "The burglars escaped before the police showed up"

(... is a kind of fly ) make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing

"The ranks broke"

(... is a kind of fly ) run away in a stampede

(... is a kind of fly ) run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along

"The thief made off with our silver" "the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe"

(... is a kind of fly ) run away secretly with one's beloved

"The young couple eloped and got married in Las Vegas"

(... is a kind of fly ) run away from confinement

"The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison"

(... is a kind of fly ) retreat at full speed

"The actress high-tailed to her villa when reporters began to follow her to the restaurant"

(... is a kind of fly ) desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army

"If soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot"

Definition 14: travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft - [verb of motion]

Samples where fly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Lindbergh was the first to fly the Atlantic

(fly is a kind of ...) travel upon or across

"travel the oceans"

(fly has a similar meaning as ...) travel through the air; be airborne

"Man cannot fly"

(fly has a similar meaning as ...) operate an airplane

"The pilot flew to Cuba"

Definition 15: travel in an airplane - [verb of motion]

Samples where fly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she is flying to Cincinnati tonight
  • Are we driving or flying?

(fly is a kind of ...) undergo transportation as in a vehicle

"We travelled North on Rte. 508"

(... is a kind of fly ) travel on an overnight flight

"The candidate red-eyed from California to the East Coast the night before the election to give a last stump speech"

(fly has a similar meaning as ...) operate an airplane

"The pilot flew to Cuba"

(fly belongs to category ...) travel via aircraft

"air travel involves too much waiting in airports" "if you've time to spare go by air"

Definition 16: pass away rapidly - [verb of motion]

Samples where fly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Time flies like an arrow
  • Time fleeing beneath him

Synonyms for fly in the sense of this definition

(fly is a kind of ...) pass by

"three years elapsed"

(fly has a similar meaning as ...) decrease rapidly and disappear

"the money vanished in las Vegas" "all my stock assets have vaporized"

Definition 17: cause to fly or float - [verb of motion]

Samples where fly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fly a kite

(... is a kind of fly ) fly a kite

"Kids were kiting in the park" "They kited the Red Dragon model"

(fly causes ...) be in motion due to some air or water current

"The leaves were blowing in the wind" "the boat drifted on the lake" "The sailboat was adrift on the open sea" "the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore"

(fly has a similar meaning as ...) display in the air or cause to float

"fly a kite" "All nations fly their flags in front of the U.N."

Definition 18: be dispersed or disseminated - [verb of motion]

Samples where fly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Rumors and accusations are flying

(fly is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

Definition 19: display in the air or cause to float - [verb of perception]

Samples where fly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fly a kite
  • All nations fly their flags in front of the U.N.

(fly is a kind of ...) make visible or noticeable

"She showed her talent for cooking" "Show me your etchings, please"

(fly has a similar meaning as ...) cause to fly or float

"fly a kite"

Definition 20: (British informal) not to be deceived or hoodwinked - [adjective satellite denoting all]

(fly is similar to ...) engaged in or accustomed to close observation

"caught by a couple of alert cops" "alert enough to spot the opportunity when it came" "constantly alert and vigilant, like a sentinel on duty"

(fly belongs to a domain located in ...) a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom

(fly is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

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