A group of vessels or vehicles.
Any group of associated items.
* 2004 , Jim Hoskins, Building an on Demand Computing Environment with IBM
(nautical) A number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also, the collective naval force of a country, etc.
(nautical, British Royal Navy) Any command of vessels exceeding a squadron in size, or a rear-admiral's command, composed of five sail-of-the-line, with any number of smaller vessels.
- This is especially true in distributed printing environments, where a fleet of printers is shared by users on a network.
(obsolete) A flood; a creek or inlet, a bay or estuary, a river subject to the tide. cognate to Low German fleet
(nautical) A location, as on a navigable river, where barges are secured.
- Together wove we nets to entrap the fish / In floods and sedgy fleets .
* fleet in being
* Fleet Street
* merchant fleet
(obsolete) To float.
To pass over rapidly; to skim the surface of
- [Antony] "Our sever'd navy too,
Have knit again, and fleet, threat'ning most sea-like."'' -- Shakespeare, ''Antony and Cleopatra
- a ship that fleets the gulf
To hasten over; to cause to pass away lightly, or in mirth and joy
- Many young gentlemen flock to him, and fleet the time carelessly.
(nautical) To move up a rope, so as to haul to more advantage; especially to draw apart the blocks of a tackle.
- And so through this dark world they fleet / Divided, till in death they meet;'' -- Percy Shelley, ''Rosalind and Helen .
(nautical, obsolete) To shift the position of dead-eyes when the shrouds are become too long.
To cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or windlass, as a rope or chain.
To take the cream from; to skim.
(literary) Swift in motion; moving with velocity; light and quick in going from place to place; nimble; fast.
- In mail their horses clad, yet fleet and strong.
(uncommon) Light; superficially thin; not penetrating deep, as soil.
Something which lasts for a short period of time.
* (short-lived) ephemeron
Lasting for a short period of time.
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* Sir J. Stephen
- Esteem, lasting esteem, the esteem of good men, like himself, will be his reward, when the gale of ephemeral popularity shall have gradually subsided.
- sentences not of ephemeral , but of eternal, efficacy
(biology) Existing for only one day, as with some flowers, insects, and diseases.
(geology, of a body of water) Usually dry, but filling with water for brief periods during and after precipitation.
* 1986 , W.H. Raymond, "Clinoptilolite Deposit in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, U.S.A.", in Y?ichi Murakami et al. (editors), New Developments in Zeolite Science and Technology (conference proceedings), Elsevier, ISBN 978-0-444-98981-9,
- It was during an access of this kind that I suddenly left my home, and bending my steps towards the near Alpine valleys, sought in the magnificence, the eternity of such scenes, to forget myself and my ephemeral , because human, sorrows.
- The graben constitutes a depositional basin and a topographic low, underlain by Cretaceous shales, in which volcanic debris accumulated in ephemeral lakes and streams in Oligocene and early Miocene time.
* (lasting for a short period of time) temporary, transitory, fleeting, evanescent, momentary, short-lived, short, volatile
* See also
* (lasting for a long period of time) permanent, eternal, everlasting, timeless.