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

  Fly \Fly\ (fl[imac]), v. i. [imp. Flew (fl[=u]); p. p. Flown
     (fl[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. Flying.] [OE. fleen, fleen,
     fleyen, flegen, AS. fle['o]gan; akin to D. vliegen, OHG.
     fliogan, G. fliegen, Icel. flj[=u]ga, Sw. flyga, Dan. flyve,
     Goth. us-flaugjan to cause to fly away, blow about, and perh.
     to L. pluma feather, E. plume. [root]84. Cf. Fledge,
     Flight, Flock of animals.]
     1. To move in or pass through the air with wings, as a bird.
  
     2. To move through the air or before the wind; esp., to pass
        or be driven rapidly through the air by any impulse.
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     3. To float, wave, or rise in the air, as sparks or a flag.
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              Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
                                                    --Job v. 7.
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     4. To move or pass swiftly; to hasten away; to circulate
        rapidly; as, a ship flies on the deep; a top flies around;
        rumor flies.
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              Fly, envious Time, till thou run out thy race.
                                                    --Milton.
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              The dark waves murmured as the ships flew on.
                                                    --Bryant.
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     5. To run from danger; to attempt to escape; to flee; as, an
        enemy or a coward flies. See Note under Flee.
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              Fly, ere evil intercept thy flight.   --Milton.
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              Whither shall I fly to escape their hands ? --Shak.
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     6. To move suddenly, or with violence; to do an act suddenly
        or swiftly; -- usually with a qualifying word; as, a door
        flies open; a bomb flies apart.
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     To fly about (Naut.), to change frequently in a short time;
        -- said of the wind.
  
     To fly around, to move about in haste. [Colloq.]
  
     To fly at, to spring toward; to rush on; to attack
        suddenly.
  
     To fly in the face of, to insult; to assail; to set at
        defiance; to oppose with violence; to act in direct
        opposition to; to resist.
  
     To fly off, to separate, or become detached suddenly; to
        revolt.
  
     To fly on, to attack.
  
     To fly open, to open suddenly, or with violence.
  
     To fly out.
        (a) To rush out.
        (b) To burst into a passion; to break out into license.
  
     To let fly.
        (a) To throw or drive with violence; to discharge. "A man
            lets fly his arrow without taking any aim." --Addison.
        (b) (Naut.) To let go suddenly and entirely; as, to let
            fly the sheets.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Flying \Fly"ing\, a. [From Fly, v. i.]
     Moving in the air with, or as with, wings; moving lightly or
     rapidly; intended for rapid movement.
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     Flying army (Mil.) a body of cavalry and infantry, kept in
        motion, to cover its own garrisons and to keep the enemy
        in continual alarm. --Farrow. 
  
     Flying artillery (Mil.), artillery trained to rapid
        evolutions, -- the men being either mounted or trained to
        spring upon the guns and caissons when they change
        position.
  
     Flying bridge, Flying camp. See under Bridge, and
        Camp.
  
     Flying buttress (Arch.), a contrivance for taking up the
        thrust of a roof or vault which can not be supported by
        ordinary buttresses. It consists of a straight bar of
        masonry, usually sloping, carried on an arch, and a solid
        pier or buttress sufficient to receive the thrust. The
        word is generally applied only to the straight bar with
        supporting arch.
  
     Flying colors, flags unfurled and waving in the air; hence:
  
     To come off with flying colors, to be victorious; to
        succeed thoroughly in an undertaking.
  
     Flying doe (Zool.), a young female kangaroo.
  
     Flying dragon.
     (a) (Zool.) See Dragon, 6.
     (b) A meteor. See under Dragon.
  
     Flying Dutchman.
     (a) A fabled Dutch mariner condemned for his crimes to sail
         the seas till the day of judgment.
     (b) A spectral ship.
  
     Flying fish. (Zool.) See Flying fish, in the Vocabulary.
        
  
     Flying fox (Zool.), see Flying fox in the vocabulary.
  
     Flying frog (Zool.), either of two East Indian tree frogs
        Rhacophorus+({Rhacophorus+nigrapalmatus">of the genus Rhacophorus ({Rhacophorus nigrapalmatus
        and Rhacophorus pardalis), having very large and broadly
        webbed feet, which serve as parachutes, and enable it to
        make very long leaps.
  
     Flying gurnard (Zool.), a species of gurnard of the genus
        Cephalacanthus or Dactylopterus, with very large
        pectoral fins, said to be able to fly like the flying
        fish, but not for so great a distance.
  
     Note: Three species are known; that of the Atlantic is
           Cephalacanthus volitans.
  
     Flying jib (Naut.), a sail extended outside of the standing
        jib, on the flying-jib boom.
  
     Flying-jib boom (Naut.), an extension of the jib boom.
  
     Flying kites (Naut.), light sails carried only in fine
        weather.
  
     Flying lemur. (Zool.) See Colugo.
  
     Flying level (Civil Engin.), a reconnoissance level over
        the course of a projected road, canal, etc.
  
     Flying lizard. (Zool.) See Dragon, n. 6.
  
     Flying machine, any apparatus for navigating through the
        air, especially a heavier-than-air machine. -- Flying
     mouse (Zool.), the opossum mouse ({Acrobates pygm[ae]us}), a
        marsupial of Australia. Called also feathertail glider.
  
     Note: It has lateral folds of skin, like the flying
           squirrels, and a featherlike tail. -- Flying party
        (Mil.), a body of soldiers detailed to hover about an
        enemy. -- Flying phalanger (Zool.), one of several
        species of small marsuupials of the genera Petaurus and
        Belideus, of Australia and New Guinea, having lateral
        folds like those of the flying squirrels. The sugar
        squirrel ({Belideus sciureus), and the ariel ({Belideus
        ariel), are the best known; -- called also squirrel
        petaurus and flying squirrel. See Sugar squirrel. --
     Flying pinion, the fly of a clock. -- Flying sap (Mil.),
        the rapid construction of trenches (when the enemy's fire
        of case shot precludes the method of simple trenching), by
        means of gabions placed in juxtaposition and filled with
        earth. -- Flying shot, a shot fired at a moving object,
        as a bird on the wing. -- Flying spider. (Zool.) See
        Ballooning spider. -- Flying squid (Zool.), an oceanic
        squid ({Ommastrephes Bartramii syn. Sthenoteuthis
        Bartramii), abundant in the Gulf Stream, which is able to
        leap out of the water with such force that it often falls
        on the deck of a vessel. -- Flying squirrel (Zool.) See
        Flying squirrel, in the Vocabulary. -- Flying start, a
        start in a sailing race in which the signal is given while
        the vessels are under way. -- Flying torch (Mil.), a
        torch attached to a long staff and used for signaling at
        night.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  flying
      adj 1: moving swiftly; "fast-flying planes"; "played the
             difficult passage with flying fingers" [syn: fast-
             flying, flying]
      2: hurried and brief; "paid a flying visit"; "took a flying
         glance at the book"; "a quick inspection"; "a fast visit"
         [syn: flying, quick, fast]
      n 1: an instance of traveling by air; "flying was still an
           exciting adventure for him" [syn: flight, flying]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  148 Moby Thesaurus words for "flying":
     aeronautics, agile, air service, airborne, airline, ascending,
     astronautics, aviation, axial, back, back-flowing, backward,
     ballooning, blind flying, breakneck, brittle, capricious,
     changeable, cloud-seeding, commercial aviation, contact flying,
     corruptible, cruising, cursory, dashing, deciduous, descending,
     disappearing, dissolving, double-quick, down-trending, downward,
     drifting, dying, eagle-winged, ephemeral, evanescent, evaporating,
     expeditious, express, fading, fast, festinate, feverish, fickle,
     fleet, fleeting, flight, flitting, flowing, fluent, fluttering,
     fly-by-night, fragile, frail, fugacious, fugitive, furious,
     galloping, general aviation, gliding, going, gyrational, gyratory,
     hair-trigger, hasty, headlong, hovering, hurried, hustling,
     immediate, impermanent, impetuous, impulsive, inconstant, instant,
     insubstantial, jet-propelled, last-minute, light of heel,
     light-footed, lively, melting, mercurial, momentary, mortal,
     mounting, mutable, nimble, nimble-footed, nondurable, nonpermanent,
     on the spot, passing, perishable, pilotage, plunging, precipitate,
     progressive, prompt, quick, quick as lightning, quick as thought,
     rapid, reckless, reflowing, refluent, regressive, retrogressive,
     rising, rocket-propelled, rotary, rotational, rotatory, running,
     rushing, sailing, sailplaning, short-lived, sideward, sinking,
     slap-bang, slapdash, snap, snappy, soaring, spanking, speedy,
     streaming, superficial, swift, temporal, temporary, transient,
     transitive, transitory, undurable, unenduring, unstable,
     up-trending, upward, urgent, vanishing, volant, volatile, volitant,
     winged, winging
  
  

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