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 for fleet
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fleet \Fleet\, v. t.
     1. To pass over rapidly; to skin the surface of; as, a ship
        that fleets the gulf. --Spenser.
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     2. To hasten over; to cause to pass away lighty, or in mirth
        and joy.
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              Many young gentlemen flock to him, and fleet the
              time carelessly.                      --Shak.
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     3. (Naut.)
        (a) To draw apart the blocks of; -- said of a tackle.
            --Totten.
        (b) To cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or
            windlass, as a rope or chain.
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     4. (Naut.) To move or change in position; used only in
        special phrases; as, of fleet aft the crew.
  
              We got the long "stick" . . . down and "fleeted"
              aft, where it was secured.            --F. T.
                                                    Bullen.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  fleet \fleet\ (fl[=e]t), v. i. [imp. & p. p. fleeted; p. pr. &
     vb. n. fleeting.] [OE. fleten, fleoten, to swim, AS.
     fle['o]tan to swim, float; akin to D. vlieten to flow, OS.
     fliotan, OHG. fliozzan, G. fliessen, Icel. flj[=o]ta to
     float, flow, Sw. flyta, D. flyde, L. pluere to rain, Gr.
     plei^n to sail, swim, float, Skr. plu to swim, sail.
     [root]84. Cf. Fleet, n. & a., Float, Pluvial, Flow.]
     1. To sail; to float. [Obs.]
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              And in frail wood on Adrian Gulf doth fleet.
                                                    --Spenser.
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     2. To fly swiftly; to pass over quickly; to hasten; to flit
        as a light substance.
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              All the unaccomplished works of Nature's hand, . . .
              Dissolved on earth, fleet hither.     --Milton.
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     3. (Naut.) To slip on the whelps or the barrel of a capstan
        or windlass; -- said of a cable or hawser.
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     4. (Naut.) To move or change in position; -- said of persons;
        as, the crew fleeted aft.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fleet \Fleet\, a. [Compar. Fleeter; superl. Fleetest.] [Cf.
     Icel. flj[=o]tr quick. See Fleet, v. i.]
     1. Swift in motion; moving with velocity; light and quick in
        going from place to place; nimble.
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              In mail their horses clad, yet fleet and strong.
                                                    --Milton.
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     2. Light; superficially thin; not penetrating deep, as soil.
        [Prov. Eng.] --Mortimer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fleet \Fleet\, v. t. [AS. fl[=e]t cream, fr. fle['o]tan to
     float. See Fleet, v. i.]
     To take the cream from; to skim. [Prov. Eng.] --Johnson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fleet \Fleet\, n. [OE. flete, fleote, AS. fle['o]t ship, fr.
     fle['o]tan to float, swim. See Fleet, v. i. and cf.
     Float.]
     A number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also,
     the collective naval force of a country, etc.
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     Fleet captain, the senior aid of the admiral of a fleet,
        when a captain. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fleet \Fleet\, n. [AS. fle['o]t a place where vessels float,
     bay, river; akin to D. vliet rill, brook, G. fliess. See
     Fleet, v. i.]
     1. A flood; a creek or inlet; a bay or estuary; a river; --
        obsolete, except as a place name, -- as Fleet Street in
        London.
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              Together wove we nets to entrap the fish
              In floods and sedgy fleets.           --Matthewes.
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     2. A former prison in London, which originally stood near a
        stream, the Fleet (now filled up).
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     Fleet parson, a clergyman of low character, in, or in the
        vicinity of, the Fleet prison, who was ready to unite
        persons in marriage (called Fleet marriage) at any hour,
        without public notice, witnesses, or consent of parents.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fleet
      adj 1: moving very fast; "fleet of foot"; "the fleet scurrying
             of squirrels"; "a swift current"; "swift flight of an
             arrow"; "a swift runner" [syn: fleet, swift]
      n 1: group of aircraft operating together under the same
           ownership
      2: group of motor vehicles operating together under the same
         ownership
      3: a group of steamships operating together under the same
         ownership
      4: a group of warships organized as a tactical unit
      v 1: move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart; "The
           hummingbird flitted among the branches" [syn: flit,
           flutter, fleet, dart]
      2: disappear gradually; "The pain eventually passed off" [syn:
         evanesce, fade, blow over, pass off, fleet, pass]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  192 Moby Thesaurus words for "fleet":
     Naval Construction Battalion, RN, Royal Navy, Seabees, USN,
     United States Navy, age group, agile, alert, animated, argosy,
     armada, ball the jack, band, barrel, battalion, beguile, bevy,
     body, boom, bottoms, bowl along, breakneck, breeze, breeze along,
     brief, brigade, brisk, brush, bunch, cabal, cast, clip, clique,
     coast guard, cohort, cometary, company, complement, contingent,
     convoy, corps, coterie, covey, crew, crowd, cut along, dally,
     dashing, detachment, detail, disappear, division, double-quick,
     eagle-winged, escadrille, evanesce, evaporate, expeditious,
     express, faction, fade, fast, featly, flashing, flickering, flit,
     flotilla, fly, fly low, flying, foot, fritter, galloping, gang,
     go fast, graceful, group, grouping, groupment, hair-trigger, hasty,
     headlong, highball, hustling, idle, in-group, junta, light,
     light of heel, light-footed, line, lively, make good, make knots,
     marine, melt, melt like snow, merchant fleet, merchant marine,
     merchant navy, mercurial, meteoric, mob, mosquito fleet, movement,
     naval forces, naval militia, naval reserve, navy, neat-fingered,
     neat-handed, nimble, nimble-footed, nip, nit, out-group, outfit,
     outstrip the wind, pack, party, pass, pass away, peart, peer group,
     phalanx, platoon, posse, potter, pour it on, precipitate, prompt,
     quick, quick as lightning, quick as thought, rapid, reckless,
     regiment, rip, running, sail, salon, scorch, set, shipping, ships,
     short, short and sweet, short-term, short-termed, sink, sizzle,
     skim, snappy, spanking, speed, speedy, spirited, sprightly, spry,
     squad, squadron, squander, stable, storm along, string,
     sure-footed, sweep, swift, task force, task group, tatter, team,
     tear, tear along, thunder along, tonnage, tribe, troop, troupe,
     vanish, vivacious, waste, whaling fleet, whisk, whiz, wile, wing,
     winged, zing, zip, zoom
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  FLEET, punishment, Eng. law, Saxon fleot. A place of running water, where 
  the tide or float comes up. A prison in London, so called from a river or 
  ditch which was formerly there, on the side of which it stood. 
  
  

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