From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishflightflight /flaɪt/ ●●● S3 W2 noun 🔊 🔊 1 TTATTStravel [countable] a journey in a plane or space vehicle, or the plane or vehicle that is making the journey → fly 🔊 He immediately booked a flight to Toulouse. 🔊 There are only three flights a day to Logan Airport from Heathrow.► see thesaurus at journey2 HBBTTAflying [uncountable] when something flies through the airin flight 🔊 pelicans in flight 🔊 In 1968, the first supersonic airliner took flight (=began flying).3 movement through air [uncountable] an object’s or bird’s movement through the air 🔊 During its flight, the weapon twists and turns.4 TBBstairs [countable] a set of stairs between one floor and the next 🔊 Bert lives two flights down from here.a flight of stairs/steps 🔊 She fell down a whole flight of stairs.5 escape [uncountable] when you leave a place in order to try and escape from a person or a dangerous situationflight from 🔊 Donald Woods' hasty flight from South Africa early in 1978take flight (also take to flight British English) 🔊 When the alarm sounded, the whole gang took flight.put somebody to flight (=make someone run away especially by fighting or threatening them)6 → flight of fancy/imagination/fantasy7 HBBGROUP OF THINGSbirds [countable] a group of birds all flying together syn flockflight of 🔊 a flight of swallows → in-flight, top-flightCOLLOCATIONSverbsbook a flight (=reserve a seat on a particular plane)I booked the flight over the Internet.get a flight (=book it)I’ll be there tomorrow morning if I can get a flight.catch a flight (=be in time to get on a plane)They caught a flight that night to Frankfurt.board a flight (=get on a flight)We arrived at the departure lounge to board the flight to Madrid.miss a flight (=arrive too late for a flight)Jack overslept and missed his flight.charter a flight (=pay a company for the use of their aircraft)The club have chartered a special flight for fans. operate flights (=make flights available for people to use)The airline operates three flights a day between London and New York.get on/off a flightShe’d just got off a flight from Buenos Aires.travel on a flightPassengers travelling on flight BMI 373 to Zurich should proceed to gate 17.a flight is cancelled (=a flight that was due to go somewhere does not go)All flights have been cancelled due to fog.a flight is delayed (=it is late leaving)Her flight was delayed and she arrived over an hour late.a flight is diverted (=it is made to change direction and land at a different airport)Our flight was diverted to Manchester because of poor weather.a flight is bound for London/New York etc (=it is going there)Johnson boarded a flight bound for Caracas.adjectivesgood/pleasant/comfortableHave a good flight!smooth (=with no problems or sudden movements)The flight had been smooth all the way. bumpy (=uncomfortable because the plane moved up and down a lot)The flight was very bumpy, and we really wondered whether we would make it.long/short I was very tired after the long flight.cheap flightsEnvironmental groups are calling for an end to cheap flights.a direct/non-stop flight (=a flight going straight from one place to another without stopping)the first direct flight to Tokyoan international flight (=a flight between one country and another)The number of international flights increased by over 5% last year.a domestic/internal flight (=a flight within a country)Is there a domestic flight between Havana and Varadero?a long-haul flight (=a flight over a very long distance)You should wear comfortable clothes on a long-haul flight.a scheduled flight (=a plane service that flies at the same time every day or every week)There are scheduled flights between the islands.a charter flight (=a plane service that is arranged for a particular group or purpose)The company is operating charter flights to Crete.a connecting flight (=a flight that arrives before another one leaves)We had to wait for three hours in New York before catching a connecting flight to Chicago.an intercontinental flight (=a flight that goes from one continent to another, for example from Europe to Asia)Passengers on intercontinental flights can reserve seats with extra legroom.a routine flight (=a normal flight)They were on a routine flight when their helicopter developed engine trouble an airline flightdomestic airline flightsa test flight (=a flight to test a new plane)The aircraft made a successful test flight on June 3rd.a maiden flight (=the first flight of an aircraft)The plane’s maiden flight is scheduled for November.flight + NOUNthe flight time (=how long it takes to fly somewhere)Our estimated flight time is three hours and fifteen minutes.the flight path (=the route taken by an aircraft)They lived directly underneath a busy flight path.the flight numberWrite the flight number on all your luggage labels.a flight plan (=the planned route of an aircraft)For some reason the pilot diverged from the flight plan.
Examples from the Corpusflight• All flights to Tokyo were delayed because of bad weather.• Incidents between military and civilian flights were also down, from 23 in 1991 to six last year.• But what if a large passenger aircraft has to be fuelled ready for flight?• It's a 7-hour flight to New York.• Each room contains a sink, but the bathroom is one flight up.• It's only an hour's flight to Detroit from here.• The flight from London was delayed, and it was about three in the morning when I finally got to Venice.• The flight up the valley was lower, faster, and much hotter than anything I had yet seen.• United Flight 202 from Denver is now arriving.took flight• As he said the word, the Angel took flight towards the Empyrean.• Thousands of birds took flight at our approach.• Creggan took flight into the air but they made straight for him.• After the move, the Eagles took flight.• But no sooner was Mr Major off his battlebus than a couple of eggs took flight.• Fear took flight, and everything was possible; the Arab world opened up like a flower giddy with its own perfume.• His back spread, his hands came together; the oars took flight.• Ducks, disgruntled among barbed reeds, took flight.• Residents took flight from Dohuk to escape the fighting.• As we watched, some of them took flight and went into their circling display, calling all the time.a flight of stairs/steps• They climbed a flight of stairs and were ushered toward a pair of front-row seats.• So I said I fell down a flight of stairs.• The players file down a flight of stairs to their assigned room.• They took this descent into Hades as casually as she would go down a flight of stairs.• At the back of the hall a flight of stairs led down to the servants' kitchen.• No, but I am aware of them if I pant a lot climbing up in a flight of stairs.• A fence at the bottom of a flight of steps works as an effective safety measure for infirm walkers.• Bedford followed Halsey up a flight of stairs, where Halsey knocked on a door.put somebody to flight• This has been a fairly gritty chapter, all about beating up baddies, causing them pain and putting them to flight.• Within a few weeks they had put Pedro to flight and Henry was crowned king.