1 [mass noun] the action or process of flying through the air:an eagle in flight the history of space flight [count noun] an act of flying; a journey made through the air or in space, especially a timetabled journey made by an airline:a return flight from Gatwick to Berlin the movement or trajectory of a projectile or ball through the air: the golfer’s swing is obviously critical to the ball’s flight [as modifier] relating to or denoting archery in which the main concern is shooting long distances:short, light flight arrows 2a flock or large body of birds or insects in the air, especially when migrating:flights of whooper swans a group of aircraft operating together, especially an RAF or USAF unit of about six aircraft:he dispatched the Hurricanes in three flights 3 [mass noun] the action of fleeing:the enemy were now in flight [in singular]:a headlong flight from reality the selling of currency or shares by many investors:an anti-inflationary move aimed at stemming the flight of capital literary the swift passage of time:the never-ending flight of future days 4a series of steps between floors or levels:I climbed the three flights of stairs which led to his office a series of hurdles across a racetrack. a sequence of locks by which a canal ascends an incline.
5an extravagant or far-fetched idea or thought process:his research assistant was prone to flights of fancy 1British (in soccer, cricket, etc.) deliver (a ball) with well-judged trajectory and pace:he flighted a free kick into the box 2provide (an arrow or dart) with feathers or vanes:shafts of wood flighted with a handful of feathers
3shoot (wildfowl) in flight: (as noun flighting)duck and geese flighting
1take off and fly: the ducks took flight 2
(also take to flight
) flee:many Huguenots took flight from France