The act of soaring through the air is flying. You can also use this word to describe anything that's soaring through the air, like a flying squirrel or flying insects.

Use flying for anything that flaps or flutters above the ground, from flying fish to flying turkeys. It's also good for describing things that are propelled or blown into the air: "As the baseball hit the window, I ducked to avoid the flying glass." "The wind picked up and I watched the flying leaves dance around my yard." Some things only appear to fly, like a flying buttress, an architectural projection that "flies" from the side of a building.

Definitions of flying

n an instance of traveling by air

flying was still an exciting adventure for him”
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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

adj moving swiftly

“played the difficult passage with flying fingers”
in motion

adj hurried and brief

“paid a flying visit”
“took a flying glance at the book”
fast, quick
moving rapidly or performed quickly or in great haste

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