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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Fleet

FLEET, in English names, denotes a flood, a creek or inlet, a bay or estuary, or a river; as in Fleet-street, North-flete, Fleet-prison.

FLEET, noun [Fleet and float seem to be allied. But whether they are formed from the root of flow, or whether the last consonant is radical, is not obvious. See Float.]

A navy or squadron of ships; a number of ships in company, whether ships of war, or of commerce. It more generally signifies ships of war.

FLEET, adjective [Eng. to flit.]

1. Swift of pace; moving or able to move with rapidity; nimble; light and quick in motion, or moving with lightness and celerity; as a fleet horse or dog.

2. Moving with velocity; as fleet winds.

3. Light; superficially fruitful; or thin; not penetrating deep; as soil.

4. Skimming the surface.

FLEET, verb intransitive

1. To fly swiftly; to hasten; to flit as a light substance. To fleet away is to vanish.

How all the other passions fleet to air.

2. To be in a transient state.

3. to float.

FLEET, verb transitive

1. to skim the surface; to pass over rapidly; as a ship that fleets the gulf.

2. To pass lightly, or in mirth and joy; as, to fleet away time. [Not used.]

3. To skim milk. [Local, in England.]

The verb in the transitive form is rarely or never used in America.