on the fly
phrasal 1. in motion ; busy 2. while still in the air ; without the ball bouncing <
the home run carried 450 feet on the fly
>
3. in a hurry and often without preparation ; hastily, spontaneously <
making decisions on the fly
>
4. simultaneously with another task <
software that handles formatting on the fly
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • On the fly — Fly Fly, n.; pl. {Flies} (fl[imac]z). [OE. flie, flege, AS. fl[=y]ge, fle[ o]ge, fr. fle[ o]gan to fly; akin to D. vlieg, OHG. flioga, G. fliege, Icel. & Sw. fluga, Dan. flue. [root] 84. See {Fly}, v. i.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) Any winged insect; esp …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • On-the-fly encryption — (OTFE), also known as Real time Encryption, is a method used by some encryption programs, for example, disk encryption software. On the fly refers to the fact that the files are accessible immediately after the key is provided, and the entire… …   Wikipedia

  • On-the-fly encryption — (OTFE) wird als Begriff für transparente Datenträgerverschlüsselung verwendet. Dabei wird eine verschlüsselte Datei oder Partition nach Eingabe des Schlüssels entschlüsselt und als normaler Ordner oder als Laufwerk für den Benutzer zu Verfügung… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • on the fly(1) — {adv. phr.} 1. While in the air; in flight. * /The bird caught a bug on the fly./ * /Joe was called out because the catcher caught the ball on the fly./ 2. {informal} Between other activities; while busy with many things. * /The president was so… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the fly(1) — {adv. phr.} 1. While in the air; in flight. * /The bird caught a bug on the fly./ * /Joe was called out because the catcher caught the ball on the fly./ 2. {informal} Between other activities; while busy with many things. * /The president was so… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the fly(2) — {adj. phr.}, {informal} Busy; going somewhere in a hurry; going about doing things. * /Getting the house ready for the visitors kept Mother on the fly all day./ * /The housekeeper of our school is always on the fly./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the fly(2) — {adj. phr.}, {informal} Busy; going somewhere in a hurry; going about doing things. * /Getting the house ready for the visitors kept Mother on the fly all day./ * /The housekeeper of our school is always on the fly./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • On-The-Fly Calibration — An On The Fly Calibration (OTFC) system calibrates data when a user s request for the data is processed so that users can obtain data that are calibrated with up to date calibration files, parameters, and software. History of OTFC The OTFC… …   Wikipedia

  • NHL on the Fly — is the flagship show on the NHL Network in Canada and the United States. It carries instant updates and extended highlights of every game in the NHL that night. The show also includes live look ins to games for a few minutes at a time. After all… …   Wikipedia

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