When a bird soars through the sky powered by its wings, that's flight, the process of traveling through the air.

Humans can experience flight by getting on an airplane or trying out hang gliding. You can also describe each individual instance of flying as a flight: "I took a long flight to Sri Lanka this summer." Anything that's soaring through the air is in flight, especially if it has wings or is engineered to stay up there. As a noun, a flight is also one group or set of steps: "We had to carry her books up three flights of stairs."

Primary Meanings of flight

an instance of traveling by air
shoot a bird in flight
the act of escaping physically
a stairway (set of steps) between one floor or landing and the next
decorate with feathers
Full Definitions of flight

n an instance of traveling by air

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acrobatics, aerobatics, stunt flying, stunting
the performance of stunts while in flight in an aircraft
blind flying, blind landing
using only instruments for flying an aircraft because you cannot see through clouds or mists etc.
flying in a balloon
fly-by, flyover, flypast
a flight at a low altitude (usually of military aircraft) over spectators on the ground
glide, gliding, sailing, sailplaning, soaring
the activity of flying a glider
maiden flight
the first flight of its kind
a flight by an aircraft over a particular area (especially over an area in foreign territory)
a flight or run by an aircraft over a target
a flight in which the aircraft pilot is unaccompanied
(military) an operational flight by a single aircraft (as in a military operation)
low level flight, terrain flight
flight at very low altitudes
hang gliding
gliding in a hang glider
paragliding, parasailing
gliding in a parasail
spin, tailspin
rapid descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral
Type of:
air, air travel, aviation
travel via aircraft

n the path followed by an object moving through space

ballistic trajectory, ballistics
the trajectory of an object in free flight
(spaceflight) a trajectory that passes close to a planetary body in order to gain energy from its gravitational field
Type of:
mechanical phenomenon
a physical phenomenon associated with the equilibrium or motion of objects

n a scheduled trip by plane between designated airports

“I took the noon flight to Chicago”
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connecting flight
a flight with an intermediate stop and a change of aircraft (possibly a change of airlines)
direct flight
a flight with one or more intermediate stops but no change of aircraft
domestic flight
a flight that begins and ends in the same country
international flight
a flight that takes off in one country and lands in another
nonstop, nonstop flight
a flight made without intermediate stops between source and destination
redeye, redeye flight
a night flight from which the passengers emerge with eyes red from lack of sleep
Type of:
a journey for some purpose (usually including the return)

n a flock of flying birds

Type of:
a group of birds

n a formation of aircraft in flight

Type of:
an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit

n an air force unit smaller than a squadron

Type of:
air unit
a military unit that is part of the airforce

v shoot a bird in flight

Type of:
pip, shoot
kill by firing a missile

v fly in a flock

flighting wild geese”
Type of:
fly, wing
travel through the air; be airborne

n the act of escaping physically

“his flight was an indication of his guilt”
the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 which marked the beginning of the Muslim era; the Muslim calendar begins in that year
Underground Railroad
secret aid to escaping slaves that was provided by abolitionists in the years before the American Civil War
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the act of physically escaping from something (an opponent or a pursuer or an unpleasant situation) by some adroit maneuver
break, breakout, gaolbreak, jailbreak, prison-breaking, prisonbreak
an escape from jail
getaway, lam
a rapid escape (as by criminals)
exodus, hegira, hejira
a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment
a hasty flight
eluding, elusion, slip
the act of avoiding capture (especially by cunning)
evasive action, maneuver, manoeuvre
an action aimed at evading an opponent
a quick evasive movement
Type of:
running away
the act of leaving (without permission) the place you are expected to be

n passing above and beyond ordinary bounds

“a flight of fancy”
flights of rhetoric”
flights of imagination”
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creative thinking, creativeness, creativity
the ability to create

n a stairway (set of steps) between one floor or landing and the next

flight of stairs, flight of steps
Type of:
staircase, stairway
a way of access (upward and downward) consisting of a set of steps

v decorate with feathers

Type of:
adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

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