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Dictionary Definition

fleet adj : moving very fast; "fleet of foot"; "the fleet scurrying of squirrels"; "a swift current"; "swift flight of an arrow"; "a swift runner" [syn: swift]


1 group of aircraft operating together under the same ownership
2 group of motor vehicles operating together under the same ownership
3 a group of steamships operating together under the same ownership
4 a group of warships organized as a tactical unit


1 move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart [syn: flit, flutter, dart]
2 disappear gradually; "The pain eventually passed off" [syn: evanesce, fade, blow over, pass off, pass]

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Etymology 1

From flet, flete, from fleot


  1. A group of vessels or vehicles.
  2. A number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also, the collective naval force of a country, etc.
a group of vessels

Etymology 2

From flet, flete, from fleotan


  1. A flood; a creek or inlet; a bay or estuary; a river.
  2. A location, as on a navigable river, where barges are secured.
Derived terms

Etymology 3

From fleten, from fleotan


  1. To float.
  2. To pass over rapidly; to skin the surface of
    a ship that fleets the gulf
  3. To hasten over; to cause to pass away lightly, or in mirth and joy
    And so through this dark world they fleet / Divided, till in death they meet; -- Percy Shelley, Rosalind and Helen.
  4. To draw apart the blocks of; -- said of a tackle.
  5. To cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or windlass, as a rope or chain.
  6. To take the cream from; to skim.


  1. Swift in motion; moving with velocity; light and quick in going from place to place; nimble; fast.
  2. Light; superficially thin; not penetrating deep, as soil.

Extensive Definition

Fleet may refer to:


"Fleet" is a geographical name:
  • Fleet, a village in Dorset, England, sited on The Fleet, a lagoon
  • Fleet, in the county of Hampshire, England
  • a Fleet, in Kent, inlet, creek, a name for saline waterways in the Thames marshes
  • the River Fleet, a subterranean river in London
  • Fleet, in the county of Lincolnshire, England
  • Gatehouse of Fleet a small town in Dumfries and Galloway, lying on the Water of Fleet
  • Fleet, Highland, in the Scottish Highlands


A fleet is a collection of ships or vehicles, with many specific connotations:
See List of fleets for a list of fleets

Other uses

Fleet used as a verb is also a colloquial expression used by fisherman to describe a vessel’s first movement when she drags her keel along the ground as the rising flood tide is just beginning to float her off.

See also

fleet in Danish: Flåde
fleet in German: Fleet (Begriffsklärung)
fleet in Esperanto: Floto
fleet in Spanish: Fleet
fleet in Persian: ناوگان
fleet in Dutch: Vloot
fleet in Low German: Flott
fleet in Russian: Флот
fleet in Slovenian: Flota

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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