Fleet, v. t.
1. To pass over rapidly; to skin the surface of; as, a ship that fleets the gulf.
2. To hasten over; to cause to pass away lighty, or in mirth and joy.
Many young gentlemen flock to him, and fleet the time carelessly. --Shak.
3. Naut. (a) To draw apart the blocks of; -- said of a tackle.
(b) To cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or windlass, as a rope or chain.
4. Naut. To move or change in position; used only in special phrases; as, of fleet aft the crew.
We got the long =\“stick” . . . down and “fleeted” aft, where it was secured.\= --F. T. Bullen.
fleet v. i. [imp. & p. p. fleeted; p. pr. & vb. n. fleeting.]
1. To sail; to float. [Obs.]
And in frail wood on Adrian Gulf doth fleet. --Spenser.
2. To fly swiftly; to pass over quickly; to hasten; to flit as a light substance.
All the unaccomplished works of Nature's hand, . . .
Dissolved on earth, fleet hither. --Milton.
3. Naut. To slip on the whelps or the barrel of a capstan or windlass; -- said of a cable or hawser.
4. Naut. To move or change in position; -- said of persons; as, the crew fleeted aft.
Fleet, a. [Compar. Fleeter superl. Fleetest.]
1. Swift in motion; moving with velocity; light and quick in going from place to place; nimble.
In mail their horses clad, yet fleet and strong. --Milton.
2. Light; superficially thin; not penetrating deep, as soil. [Prov. Eng.]
Fleet, n. A number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also, the collective naval force of a country, etc.
Fleet captain, the senior aid of the admiral of a fleet, when a captain.
1. A flood; a creek or inlet; a bay or estuary; a river; -- obsolete, except as a place name, -- as Fleet Street in London.
Together wove we nets to entrap the fish
In floods and sedgy fleets. --Matthewes.
2. A former prison in London, which originally stood near a stream, the Fleet (now filled up).
Fleet parson, a clergyman of low character, in, or in the vicinity of, the Fleet prison, who was ready to unite persons in marriage (called Fleet marriage) at any hour, without public notice, witnesses, or consent of parents.
Fleet v. t. To take the cream from; to skim. [Prov. Eng.]
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]
n 1: group of aircraft operating together under the same
2: group of motor vehicles operating together under the same
3: a group of steamships operating together under the same
4: a group of warships organized as a tactical unit
v 1: move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart [syn: flit, flutter,
2: disappear gradually; "The pain eventually passed off" [syn:
evanesce, fade, blow over, pass off, pass]