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
  1. noun
    an instance of traveling by air
    flying was still an exciting adventure for him”
    synonyms: flight
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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
  2. adjective
    moving swiftly
    “played the difficult passage with flying fingers”
    synonyms: fast-flying
    in motion
  3. adjective
    hurried and brief
    “paid a flying visit”
    “took a flying glance at the book”
    synonyms: fast, quick
    moving rapidly or performed quickly or in great haste
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