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noun flight pronunciation in British English /flaɪt/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a journey through air or space in a vehicle such as a plane

    My flight has been delayed.

    flight to/from:

    The flight from New York to Heathrow took about 8 hours.

    on a flight:

    I need to be on the next flight out of here.

    1. a.
      [only before noun] belonging to or connected with a flight

      the airline’s flight schedule

      a flight ban after midnight

  2. 2
    [countable] 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.

    1. a.
      literary a group of birds flying together

      We saw a flight of geese heading south.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] 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?

    in flight:

    Swallows have a very distinctive shape in flight.

  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] the act of running away or of trying to escape from someone or something

    The refugees made a desperate flight to freedom.

  5. 5
    [countable] a set of stairs going from one level to another

    The toilets are two flights up.

    flight of stairs/steps:

    A flight of stone steps leads down to the courtyard.



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