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1. To move through air by the aid of wings, as fowls.
2. To pass or move in air, by the force of wind or other impulse as, clouds and vapors fly before the wind. A ball flies from a cannon, an arrow from a bow.
3. To rise in air, as light substances, by means of a current of air or by having less specific gravity than air, as smoke.

Man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward. Job 5 .

4. To move or pass with velocity or celerity, either on land or water. He flew to the relief of his distressed friend. The ship flies upon the main.
5. To move rapidly, in any manner as, a top flies about.
6. To pass away to depart with the idea of haste, swiftness or escape. The bird has flown.
7. To pass rapidly, as time. Swift fly the fleeting hours.
8. To part suddenly or with violence to burst, as a bottle.
9. To spring by an elastic force.
10. To pass swiftly, as rumor or report.
11. To flee to run away to attempt to escape to escape.

I'll fly from shepherds, flocks, and flowery plains.

12. To flutter to vibrate or play as a flag in the wind.

To fly at, to spring towards to rush on to fall on suddenly. A hen flies at a dog or cat a dog flies at a man.

1. To fly in the face, to insult.
2. To assail to resist to set at defiance to oppose with violence to act in direct opposition.
1. To fly off, to separate or depart suddenly.
2. To revolt.

To fly open, to open suddenly or with violence as, the doors flew open.

1. To fly out, to rush out also, to burst into a passion.
2. To break out into license.
3. To start or issue with violence from any direction.
1. To let fly, to discharge to throw or drive with violence as, to let fly a shower of darts.
2. In seamanship, to let go suddenly. Let fly the sheets.

FLY, This is used for flee, and from is understood after fly, so that it can hardly be called a transitive verb.

1. To shun to avoid to decline as, to fly the sight of one we hate. That is, primarily, to flee from

Sleep flies the wretch.

2. To quit by flight.
3. To attack by a bird of prey. Not used.
4. To cause to float in the air.

FLY, n.

1. In zoology, a winged insect of various species, whose distinguishing characteristic is that the wings are transparent. By this flies are distinguished from beetles, butterflies, grasshoppers, &c. Of flies, some have two wings and others four.

In common language, fly is the house fly, of the genus Musca.

2. In mechanics, a cross with leaden weights at the ends, or a heavy wheel at right angles with the axis of a windlass, jack or the like. The use of this is, to regulate and equalize the motion in all parts of the revolution of the machine.
3. That part of a vane which points and shows which way the wind blows.
4. The extent of an ensign, flag or pendant from the staff to the end that flutters loose in the wind.

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Dictionary of Words from the King James Bible. Public Domain. Copy freely.
Material presented was supplied by Brandon Staggs and was derived from the KJV Dictionary found on his website located at
The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

Bibliography Information
Entry for 'Fly'. King James Dictionary.

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