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.

Primary Meanings of fleet

1.
n
group of aircraft operating together under the same ownership
2.
adjv
moving very fast
move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
3.
v
disappear gradually
Full Definitions of fleet
1

n group of aircraft operating together under the same ownership

Type of:
accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
several things grouped together or considered as a whole

n group of motor vehicles operating together under the same ownership

Types:
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

n a group of steamships operating together under the same ownership

Types:
argosy
one or more large merchant ships
Type of:
steamship company, steamship line
a line responsible for the operation of a fleet of steamships

n a group of warships organized as a tactical unit

Examples:
Invincible Armada
the great fleet sent from Spain against England by Philip II in 1588
Types:
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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
2

adj moving very fast

fleet of foot”
“the fleet scurrying of squirrels”
Synonyms:
swift
fast
acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly

v move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart

Synonyms:
dart, flit, flutter
Types:
butterfly
flutter like a butterfly
Type of:
hurry, speed, travel rapidly, zip
move very fast
3

v disappear gradually

Synonyms:
blow over, evanesce, fade, pass, pass off
Type of:
disappear, go away, vanish
get lost, as without warning or explanation

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