I. verb Etymology: Middle English fleten, from Old English flēotan; akin to Old High German fliozzan to float, Old English flōwan to flow Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. obsolete drift 2. a. archaic flow b. to fade away ; vanish 3. [fleet (III)] to fly swiftly transitive verb to cause (time) to pass usually quickly or imperceptibly II. noun Etymology: Middle English flete, from Old English flēot ship, from flēotan Date: 13th century 1. a number of warships under a single command; specifically an organization of ships and aircraft under the command of a flag officer 2. group 2a, b; especially a group (as of ships, planes, or trucks) operated under unified control III. adjective Etymology: probably from 1fleet Date: circa 1529 1. swift in motion ; nimble 2. evanescent, fleeting Synonyms: see fastfleetly adverbfleetness noun

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