1 adj A flying animal has wings and is able to fly.
...species of flying insects.
2 If someone or something gets off to a flying start, or makes a flying start, they start very well, for example in a race or a new job.
get off to a flying start phrase V inflects Advertising revenue in the new financial year has got off to a flying start...
flying doctor ( flying doctors plural ) A flying doctor is a doctor, especially in Australia, who travels by aircraft to visit patients who live in distant or isolated areas. n-count
flying fish ( flying fish plural) ( flying fishes plural ) Flying fish are a type of fish that live in warm seas. They have large fins that enable them to move forward in the air when they jump out of the water. n-var
flying saucer ( flying saucers plural ) A flying saucer is a round, flat object which some people say they have seen in the sky and which they believe to be a spacecraft from another planet.
The Flying Squad is a group of police officers who are always ready to travel quickly to the scene of a serious crime.
(BRIT) n-proper-coll the N
flying visit ( flying visits plural ) A flying visit is a visit that only lasts a very short time. n-count
A high-flying person is successful or is likely to be successful in their career. adj usu ADJ n
...her high-flying newspaper-editor husband.
Low-flying aircraft or birds are flying very close to the ground, or lower than normal. adj ADJ n