n. & a.
- To sail; to float.
- To fly swiftly; to pass over quickly; to hasten; to
flit as a light substance.
- To slip on the whelps or the barrel of a capstan or
windlass; -- said of a cable or hawser.
- To pass over rapidly; to skin the surface of; as, a ship
that fleets the gulf.
- To hasten over; to cause to pass away lighty, or in mirth
- To draw apart the blocks of; -- said of a tackle.
- To cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or
windlass, as a rope or chain.
- Swift in motion; moving with velocity; light and quick in
going from place to place; nimble.
- Light; superficially thin; not penetrating deep, as soil.
- A number of vessels in company, especially war vessels;
also, the collective naval force of a country, etc.
- A flood; a creek or inlet; a bay or estuary; a river; --
obsolete, except as a place name, -- as Fleet Street in London.
- A former prison in London, which originally stood near a
stream, the Fleet (now filled up).
- To take the cream from; to skim.