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 for Fly
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.
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              The dark waves murmured as the ships flew on.
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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
     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
     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 :

  Fly \Fly\, v. t.
     1. To cause to fly or to float in the air, as a bird, a kite,
        a flag, etc.
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              The brave black flag I fly.           --W. S.
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     2. To fly or flee from; to shun; to avoid.
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              Sleep flies the wretch.               --Dryden.
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              To fly the favors of so good a king.  --Shak.
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     3. To hunt with a hawk. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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     4. To manage (an aircraft) in flight; as, to fly an
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     To fly a kite (Com.), to raise money on commercial notes.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fly \Fly\, n.; pl. Flies (fl[imac]z). [OE. flie, flege, AS.
     fl[=y]ge, fle['o]ge, fr. fle['o]gan to fly; akin to D. vlieg,
     OHG. flioga, G. fliege, Icel. & Sw. fluga, Dan. flue. [root]
     84. See Fly, v. i.]
     1. (Zool.)
        (a) Any winged insect; esp., one with transparent wings;
            as, the Spanish fly; firefly; gall fly; dragon fly.
        (b) Any dipterous insect; as, the house fly; flesh fly;
            black fly. See Diptera, and Illust. in Append.
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     2. A hook dressed in imitation of a fly, -- used for fishing.
        "The fur-wrought fly." --Gay.
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     3. A familiar spirit; a witch's attendant. [Obs.]
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              A trifling fly, none of your great familiars. --B.
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     4. A parasite. [Obs.] --Massinger.
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     5. A kind of light carriage for rapid transit, plying for
        hire and usually drawn by one horse. [Eng.]
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     6. The length of an extended flag from its staff; sometimes,
        the length from the "union" to the extreme end.
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     7. The part of a vane pointing the direction from which the
        wind blows.
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     8. (Naut.) That part of a compass on which the points are
        marked; the compass card. --Totten.
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     9. (Mech.)
        (a) Two or more vanes set on a revolving axis, to act as a
            fanner, or to equalize or impede the motion of
            machinery by the resistance of the air, as in the
            striking part of a clock.
        (b) A heavy wheel, or cross arms with weights at the ends
            on a revolving axis, to regulate or equalize the
            motion of machinery by means of its inertia, where the
            power communicated, or the resistance to be overcome,
            is variable, as in the steam engine or the coining
            press. See Fly wheel (below).
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     10. (Knitting Machine) The piece hinged to the needle, which
         holds the engaged loop in position while the needle is
         penetrating another loop; a latch. --Knight.
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     11. The pair of arms revolving around the bobbin, in a
         spinning wheel or spinning frame, to twist the yarn.
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     12. (Weaving) A shuttle driven through the shed by a blow or
         jerk. --Knight.
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         (a) Formerly, the person who took the printed sheets from
             the press.
         (b) A vibrating frame with fingers, attached to a power
             to a power printing press for doing the same work.
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     14. The outer canvas of a tent with double top, usually drawn
         over the ridgepole, but so extended as to touch the roof
         of the tent at no other place.
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     15. One of the upper screens of a stage in a theater.
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     16. The fore flap of a bootee; also, a lap on trousers,
         overcoats, etc., to conceal a row of buttons.
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     17. (Baseball) A batted ball that flies to a considerable
         distance, usually high in the air; also, the flight of a
         ball so struck; as, it was caught on the fly. Also called
         fly ball. "a fly deep into right field"
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     18. (Cotton Manuf.) Waste cotton.
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     Black fly, Cheese fly, Dragon fly, etc. See under
        Black, Cheese, etc. -- Fly agaric (Bot.), a mushroom
        ({Agaricus muscarius), having a narcotic juice which, in
        sufficient quantities, is poisonous. -- Fly block
        (Naut.), a pulley whose position shifts to suit the
        working of the tackle with which it is connected; -- used
        in the hoisting tackle of yards. -- Fly board (Printing
        Press), the board on which printed sheets are deposited by
        the fly. -- Fly book, a case in the form of a book for
        anglers' flies. --Kingsley.{Fly cap, a cap with wings,
        formerly worn by women. -- Fly drill, a drill having a
        reciprocating motion controlled by a fly wheel, the
        driving power being applied by the hand through a cord
        winding in reverse directions upon the spindle as it
        rotates backward and forward. --Knight.{Fly fishing, the
        act or art of angling with a bait of natural or artificial
        flies; fishing using a fly[2] as bait. --Walton. -- --
     Fly fisherman, one who fishes using natural or artificial
        flies[2] as bait, especially one who fishes exclusively in
        that manner. -- Fly flap, an implement for killing
        flies. -- Fly governor, a governor for regulating the
        speed of an engine, etc., by the resistance of vanes
        revolving in the air. -- Fly honeysuckle (Bot.), a plant
        of the honeysuckle genus ({Lonicera), having a bushy stem
        and the flowers in pairs, as L. ciliata and L.
        Xylosteum. -- Fly hook, a fishhook supplied with an
        artificial fly. -- Fly leaf, an unprinted leaf at the
        beginning or end of a book, circular, programme, etc. --
     Fly maggot, a maggot bred from the egg of a fly. --Ray.
     Fly net, a screen to exclude insects.
     Fly nut (Mach.), a nut with wings; a thumb nut; a finger
     Fly+orchis+(Bot.),+a+plant+({Ophrys+muscifera">Fly orchis (Bot.), a plant ({Ophrys muscifera), whose
        flowers resemble flies.
     Fly paper, poisoned or sticky paper for killing flies that
        feed upon or are entangled by it.
     Fly powder, an arsenical powder used to poison flies.
     Fly press, a screw press for punching, embossing, etc.,
        operated by hand and having a heavy fly.
     Fly rail, a bracket which turns out to support the hinged
        leaf of a table.
     Fly rod, a light fishing rod used in angling with a fly.
     Fly sheet, a small loose advertising sheet; a handbill.
     Fly snapper (Zool.), an American bird ({Phainopepla
        nitens), allied to the chatterers and shrikes. The male
        is glossy blue-black; the female brownish gray.
     Fly wheel (Mach.), a heavy wheel attached to machinery to
        equalize the movement (opposing any sudden acceleration by
        its inertia and any retardation by its momentum), and to
        accumulate or give out energy for a variable or
        intermitting resistance. See Fly, n., 9.
     On the fly (Baseball), still in the air; -- said of a
        batted ball caught before touching the ground..
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fly \Fly\, a.
     Knowing; wide awake; fully understanding another's meaning.
     [Slang] --Dickens.
     [1913 Webster] Fly amanita

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: (British informal) not to be deceived or hoodwinked
      n 1: two-winged insects characterized by active flight
      2: flap consisting of a piece of canvas that can be drawn back
         to provide entrance to a tent [syn: tent-fly, rainfly,
         fly sheet, fly, tent flap]
      3: an opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or by
         buttons concealed under a fold of cloth [syn: fly, fly
      4: (baseball) a hit that flies up in the air [syn: fly, fly
      5: fisherman's lure consisting of a fishhook decorated to look
         like an insect
      v 1: travel through the air; be airborne; "Man cannot fly" [syn:
           fly, wing]
      2: move quickly or suddenly; "He flew about the place"
      3: operate an airplane; "The pilot flew to Cuba" [syn: fly,
         aviate, pilot]
      4: transport by aeroplane; "We fly flowers from the Caribbean to
         North America"
      5: cause to fly or float; "fly a kite"
      6: be dispersed or disseminated; "Rumors and accusations are
      7: change quickly from one emotional state to another; "fly into
         a rage"
      8: pass away rapidly; "Time flies like an arrow"; "Time fleeing
         beneath him" [syn: fly, fell, vanish]
      9: travel in an airplane; "she is flying to Cincinnati tonight";
         "Are we driving or flying?"
      10: display in the air or cause to float; "fly a kite"; "All
          nations fly their flags in front of the U.N."
      11: run away quickly; "He threw down his gun and fled" [syn:
          flee, fly, take flight]
      12: travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft;
          "Lindbergh was the first to fly the Atlantic"
      13: hit a fly
      14: decrease rapidly and disappear; "the money vanished in las
          Vegas"; "all my stock assets have vaporized" [syn: vanish,
          fly, vaporize]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  301 Moby Thesaurus words for "fly":
     abscond, absquatulate, advance, aeroplane, airlift, airplane,
     applique, arachnid, arise, arthropod, ascend, aspire, bait,
     ball the jack, balloon, barnstorm, barrel, be airborne,
     be annihilated, be consumed, be destroyed, be gone, be no more,
     be wiped out, bear, beat a retreat, become airborne, beetle,
     birdlime, bola, bolt, boom, bowl along, brandish, break, breeze,
     breeze along, brush, bug, bunk, carry, caterpillar, cease,
     cease to be, cease to exist, centipede, chilopod, claw skyward,
     clear out, clip, coast, cobweb, conduct, continue, control, convey,
     copilot, cruise, cut along, cut and run, cut out, daddy longlegs,
     dance, dart, dash, decamp, dematerialize, depart, desert, die,
     die away, die out, diplopod, disappear, dispel, disperse,
     dissipate, dissolve, do a fade-out, dragnet, drift, drive, dwindle,
     elapse, elope, endure, erode, evanesce, evaporate, exit, expire,
     fade, fade away, fade out, ferry, fishhook, flap, flaunt, flee,
     fleet, flicker, flit, flitter, float, flourish, flow, flow on,
     flutter, fly aloft, fly low, foot, freight, fugitate,
     gain altitude, gill net, glide, glissade, go, go AWOL, go away,
     go by, go fast, go on, ground bait, hang, harvestman, hasten,
     hexapod, hide, highball, hightail, hook, hop, hover, hurry,
     hydroplane, ice-skate, imbrication, insect, jet, jig, jump,
     jump bail, kite, lap, lapse, lariat, larva, lasso, last,
     leave no trace, leave the ground, leave the scene, levant, lift,
     lime, lug, lure, maggot, make knots, make off, make tracks,
     manhandle, manipulate, melt, melt away, melt like snow, meshes,
     millepede, millipede, mite, mount, navigate, net, nip, noose,
     nymph, outstrip the wind, overlap, overlapping, overlay, overlayer,
     pack, pass, pass away, pass by, pass out, peel off, perish,
     peter out, pilot, plane, plug, poise, pound net, pour it on,
     press on, proceed, purse seine, retire from sight, retreat, rip,
     rise, roll on, roller-skate, run, run along, run away,
     run away from, run away with, run for it, run its course, run off,
     run on, run out, rush, sail, sailplane, scamper, scape, scoot,
     scorch, scorpion, screw, scud, seaplane, seine, shake, shoot,
     show the heels, sideslip, sink, sink away, sizzle, skate,
     skateboard, skedaddle, ski, skid, skim, skip, skip out, sled,
     sleigh, slide, slip, slip the cable, slither, snare, sniggle, soar,
     solo, speed, spider, spinner, spire, springe, squid, storm along,
     suffer an eclipse, sweep, swing, take, take French leave,
     take flight, take off, take the air, take to flight, take wing,
     tarantula, tear, tear along, thunder along, tick, toboggan, toils,
     tote, transport, trawl, turn tail, undulate, vanish,
     vanish from sight, volplane, waft, wag, waste, waste away, wave,
     wear away, whish, whisk, whiz, wield, wigwag, wing, withdraw,
     wobbler, zing, zip, zoom

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     Heb. zebub, (Eccl. 10:1; Isa. 7:18). This fly was so grievous a
     pest that the Phoenicians invoked against it the aid of their
     god Baal-zebub (q.v.). The prophet Isaiah (7:18) alludes to some
     poisonous fly which was believed to be found on the confines of
     Egypt, and which would be called by the Lord. Poisonous flies
     exist in many parts of Africa, for instance, the different kinds
     of tsetse.
       Heb. 'arob, the name given to the insects sent as a plague on
     the land of Egypt (Ex. 8:21-31; Ps. 78:45; 105:31). The LXX.
     render this by a word which means the "dog-fly," the cynomuia.
     The Jewish commentators regarded the Hebrew word here as
     connected with the word _'arab_, which means "mingled;" and they
     accordingly supposed the plague to consist of a mixed multitude
     of animals, beasts, reptiles, and insects. But there is no doubt
     that "the _'arab_" denotes a single definite species. Some
     interpreters regard it as the Blatta orientalis, the cockroach,
     a species of beetle. These insects "inflict very painful bites
     with their jaws; gnaw and destroy clothes, household furniture,
     leather, and articles of every kind, and either consume or
     render unavailable all eatables."

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