flight

Definitions

General Science

Aviation

  • noun the distance covered by a body, e.g. an aircraft, as it flies through the atmosphere

Banking

  • noun a journey by an aircraft, leaving at a regular time
  • noun a rapid movement of money out of a country because of a lack of confidence in the country’s economic future
  • verb to arrange a scheduling pattern for something

Construction

  • A run of steps without intermediate landings.

Cricket

  • noun the ability to control and vary the trajectory of the ball, and the consequent potential for deceiving the batsman as to its length and pace, when considered as one of the skills of a slow bowler; especially, the ability to deliver the ball with a high, curving trajectory
    Citation ‘Two runs later Harris went down the wicket to Laker, who beat him with flight and turn, and was stumped’ (Peebles 1959)
    Citation ‘In the 1970s, the great Bedi lulled batsmen with imperceptible changes of flight and line’ (Vic Marks, Observer 5 March 2006)
  • verb to deliver the ball with a relatively high, curving trajectory with the intention of deceiving the batsman, especially in order to draw him forward out of his crease; give the ball air
    Citation ‘By what is called “flighting” the ball the bowler is out to delude him as to where it will pitch, in other words to make the ball look as if it will drop farther up than it in fact will’ (MCC 1952)
    Citation ‘Cyril Vincent … played in 25 Tests, excelling at Leeds in 1935, when he took eight top England wickets with immaculate flighted left-arm spin’ (Frith 1984)
    Compare push through

Military

  • noun a sub-unit of an air force squadron
  • noun a small tactical grouping of aircraft
  • noun an administrative air force grouping of approximately 30 men (equivalent to a platoon in the army)
  • noun an act of running away from danger

Real Estate

  • noun a group of stairs that go from one level of a building to another

Travel

  • noun a series of straight steps between floors in a building

Wine

  • a group of wines considered together in a tasting

Origin & History of “flight”

English has two distinct, etymologically unrelated words flight. One, ‘flying’, comes from a prehistoric west Germanic *flukhtiz, a derivative of the same base as produced fly (the sense ‘series of stairs’, which developed in the 18th century, was perhaps modelled on French volée d’escalier, literally ‘flight of stairs’). The other, ‘escape’, comes from a hypothetical Old English *flyht, never actually recorded, which goes back ultimately to the same Germanic base as produced flee.
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