FLIGHT, noun [See Fly.]
1. The act of fleeing; the act of running away, to escape danger or expected evil; hasty departure.
Pray ye that your flight be not in winter. Matthew 24:20.
To put to flight to turn to flight is to compel to run away; to force to escape.
2. The act of flying; a passing through the air by the help of wings; volation; as the flight of birds and insects.
3. The manner of flying. Every fowl has its particular flight; the flight of the eagle is high; the flight of the swallow is rapid, with sudden turns.
4. Removal from place to place by flying.
5. A flock of birds flying in company; as a flight of pigeons or wild geese.
6. A number of beings flying or moving through the air together; as a flight of angels.
7. A number of things passing through the air together; a volley; as a flight of arrows.
8. A periodical flying of birds in flocks; as the spring flight or autumnal flight of ducks or pigeons.
9. In England, the birds produced in the same season.
10. The space passed by flying.
11. A mounting; a soaring; lofty elevation and excursion; as a flight of imagination or fancy; a flight of ambition.
12. Excursion; wandering; extravagant sally; as a flight of folly.
13. The power of flying.
14. In certain lead works, a substance that flies off in smoke.
FLIGHT of stairs, the series of stairs from the floor, or from one platform to another.