fleet

A fleet is usually a large group of ships, but it can be any group of vessels like planes or cars that operate as a unit. A naval fleet is the largest formation of warships. A naval fleet at sea is like an army on land.

One meaning of fleet comes from the Old English fleot, meaning “ship,” “raft,” or “floating vessel.” Although a fleet is usually a group of ships or airplanes operating under the same ownership, any group of vessels sailing together can be called a fleet, even you and your friends in a fleet of kayaks. Another meaning of fleet originates in the Old English flēotan, which means “moving swiftly.” When it’s used in that way, it’s usually in the -ing form, fleeting.

Definitions of fleet
  1. noun
    group of aircraft operating together under the same ownership
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    accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
    several things grouped together or considered as a whole
  2. noun
    group of motor vehicles operating together under the same ownership
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    motor pool
    a fleet of military vehicles controlled by a single agency and available for use as needed
    type of:
    accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
    several things grouped together or considered as a whole
  3. noun
    a group of steamships operating together under the same ownership
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    argosy
    one or more large merchant ships
    type of:
    steamship company, steamship line
    a line responsible for the operation of a fleet of steamships
  4. noun
    a group of warships organized as a tactical unit
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    examples:
    Invincible Armada
    the great fleet sent from Spain against England by Philip II in 1588
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    flotilla
    a fleet of small craft
    flotilla
    a United States Navy fleet consisting of two or more squadrons of small warships
    armada
    a large fleet
    battle fleet
    a fleet of warships prepared for battle
    wolf pack
    a group of submarines operating together in attacking enemy convoys
    type of:
    accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
    several things grouped together or considered as a whole
  5. adjective
    moving very fast
    fleet of foot”
    “the fleet scurrying of squirrels”
    synonyms: swift
    fast
    acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly
  6. verb
    move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
    synonyms: dart, flit, flutter
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    types:
    butterfly
    flutter like a butterfly
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    hurry, speed, travel rapidly, zip
    move very fast
  7. verb
    disappear gradually
    synonyms: blow over, evanesce, fade, pass, pass off
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    type of:
    disappear, go away, vanish
    get lost, as without warning or explanation
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