Noun > Flight

Noun – Flight

1 (noncount)

a : the act of flying : the act of moving through the air by the use of wings

the flight of a bee

bird in flight (=a bird that is flying)

b : the act of moving through the air or through outer space

the flight of a bullet/baseball

the flight of a rocket to the moon

2 (count, noncount) : the act of running away in order to escape from danger

the flight of refugees

3 (count)

a : a journey on an airplane

an overnight flight

a transatlantic flight

a direct/nonstop flight

b : the airplane that is making a journey

Our flight leaves at noon.

They boarded Flight 101.

4 (count) : a group of similar birds, airplanes, etc., that are flying through the air together

a flight of geese

5 (count) : a series of stairs going from one level or floor to another

Her apartment is five flights up.

He fell down a flight of stairs.

flight of fancy also flight of imagination/fantasy

an idea, story, etc., that shows great imagination but is very unlikely to be true or practical

The book is filled with flights of fancy about the future of the computer industry.

put (someone) to flight formal + old-fashioned

to cause (someone) to leave or run away

The rebels were put to flight by the advancing army.

take flight

1 : to leave or run away from danger

Fearing arrest, they took flight and hid in the mountains.

2 US : to begin flying

The bird took flight (=took wing) when we tried to approach it.

3 US : to begin a period of rapid activity, development, or growth

The idea really took flight (=took off) and soon it seemed everyone was copying it.