To pass over rapidly; to skim the surface of (verb)
To hasten over; to cause to pass away lightly, or in mirth and joy (verb)
To move up a rope, so as to haul to more advantage; especially to draw apart the blocks of a tackle. (verb)
To shift the position of dead-eyes when the shrouds are become too long. (verb)
To cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or windlass, as a rope or chain. (verb)
To take the cream from; to skim. (verb)
Swift in motion; moving with velocity; light and quick in going from place to place; nimble; fast. (adjective)
Light; superficially thin; not penetrating deep, as soil. (adjective)
A group of vessels or vehicles. (noun)
A number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also, the collective naval force of a country, etc. (noun)
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. (noun)
A flood; a creek or inlet, a bay or estuary, a river subject to the tide. (noun)
A location, as on a navigable river, where barges are secured. (noun)
Examples of word fleet
If well executed _it would cause the evacuation of all these formidable fortifications_ upon which the rebels ground their hopes for success; and in the event of our fleet attacking Mobile, the presence of our troops in the northern part of Alabama _would be material aid to the fleet_.
The great herring fleet outside the harbor was as motionless as "a painted _fleet_ upon a painted ocean" -- the men were sleeping or smoking upon the piers -- not a foot fell upon the flagged streets, and the only murmur of sound was round the public fountains, where a few women were perched on the bowl's edge, knitting and gossiping.
'To the castles about Deal, where _our_ fleet' (_our fleet_, the saucy son of a tailor!) 'lay and anchored; great was the shoot of guns from the castles, and ships, and our answers.'
In 1726 we find him captam of Ae Kdlau, of ieventjr guns, one of the fleet fent m thlit year, vnder iir Charles Wager, to the Bahic, atad appointed to command, with the rank of conunodofe, the third divifion of the fleet*
"To get at them was impossible before they anchored under such batteries as would have crippled our fleet; and, had such an event happened, _in the present state of the enemy's fleet_, Tuscany, Naples, Rome, Sicily, &c., would have fallen as fast as their ships could have sailed along the coast.