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Definition of Fleet


  1. To sail; to float.
  2. To fly swiftly; to pass over quickly; to hasten; to flit as a light substance.
  3. To slip on the whelps or the barrel of a capstan or windlass; -- said of a cable or hawser.
  4. To pass over rapidly; to skin the surface of; as, a ship that fleets the gulf.
  5. To hasten over; to cause to pass away lighty, or in mirth and joy.
  6. To draw apart the blocks of; -- said of a tackle.
  7. To cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or windlass, as a rope or chain.
  8. Swift in motion; moving with velocity; light and quick in going from place to place; nimble.
  9. Light; superficially thin; not penetrating deep, as soil.
  10. A number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also, the collective naval force of a country, etc.
  11. A flood; a creek or inlet; a bay or estuary; a river; -- obsolete, except as a place name, -- as Fleet Street in London.
  12. A former prison in London, which originally stood near a stream, the Fleet (now filled up).
  13. To take the cream from; to skim.
  14. To move or change in position; -- said of persons; as, the crew fleeted aft.
  15. To move or change in position; used only in special phrases; as, of fleet aft the crew.

Fleet Quotations

When reflecting upon it today, that the Pearl Harbor attack should have succeeded in achieving surprise seems a blessing from Heaven. It was clear that a great American fleet had been concentrated in Pearl Harbor, and we supposed that the state of alert would be very high.
Hideki Tojo

The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 completely crippled our Pacific Fleet.
Jerry Costello

For me, I think the bigger something is, the more difficult it is to make it nimble and fleet afoot.
Cate Blanchett

Buonaparte has often made his boast that our fleet would be worn out by keeping the sea and that his was kept in order and increasing by staying in port; but know he finds, I fancy, if Emperors hear the truth, that his fleet suffers more in a night than ours in one year.
Horatio Nelson

In prehistoric times, Homo sapiens was deeply endangered. Early humans were less fleet of foot, with fewer natural weapons and less well-honed senses than all the predators that threatened them. Moreover, they were hampered in their movements by the need to protect their uniquely immature young - juicy meals for any hungry beast.
Robert Winston
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Fleet Translations

fleet in Dutch is vloot
fleet in Finnish is laivasto
fleet in French is flotte
fleet in German is Flotte
fleet in Italian is naviglio
fleet in Latin is pennipes, celox
fleet in Portuguese is frota
fleet in Spanish is flota
fleet in Swedish is flotta
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