I. adjective Date: before 12th century 1. a. moving or capable of moving in the air b. moving or made by moving rapidly <
flying feet
a flying leap
c. very brief 2. intended for ready movement or action <
a flying squad car
3. having stylized wings — used especially of livestock brand marks 4. of or relating to the operation of aircraft <
a flying club
5. traversed or to be traversed (as in speed-record trials) after a running start <
a flying kilometer
II. noun Date: 1548 1. travel by air 2. the operation of an aircraft or spacecraft

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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