- flight [ flaıt ] noun ***▸ 1 moving through air▸ 2 trip through air/space▸ 3 (bird) movement in air▸ 4 an attempt to escape▸ 5 set of stairs▸ + PHRASES1. ) uncount the act or process of moving through the air, or the ability to move through the air:What was the direction of flight when the plane crashed?the evolutionary advantages of developing flightin flight: Swallows have a very distinctive shape in flight.2. ) count a trip through air or space in a vehicle such as an airplane:My flight has been delayed.flight to/from: The flight from New York to London took about 5 hours.on a flight: I need to be on the next flight out of here.a ) only before noun belonging to or connected with a flight:the airline's flight schedulea flight ban after midnight3. ) count a movement through the air by a bird or object:Pigeons make flights of over 10,000 miles.Several factors control the ball's flight.a ) LITERARY a group of birds flying together:We saw a flight of geese heading south.4. ) count or uncount the act of running away or trying to escape from someone or something:The refugees made a desperate flight to freedom.a ) take flight to run away or try to escape:Suddenly the herd of antelope took flight.b ) put someone to flight to make someone run away or try to escape:The advancing army put the rebels to flight.5. ) count a set of stairs going from one level to another:The restrooms are two flights up.flight of stairs/steps: A flight of stone steps leads down to the courtyard.flight of fancy/imaginationan idea that is unusual and exciting or fun, but silly or not practical
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.