A fleet is usually a large group of ships, but it can be any group of vessels like planes or cars that operate as a unit. A naval fleet is the largest formation of warships. A naval fleet at sea is like an army on land.
- Pronunciation: /fliːt/
- English Description: a group of ships, or all the ships in a navy
- Chinese Translation: 舰队(Jian4 Dui4)
- Spanish Translation: flota
- STORY: One meaning of fleet comes from the Old English fleot, meaning “ship,” “raft,” or “floating vessel.” Although a fleet is usually a group of ships or airplanes operating under the same ownership, any group of vessels sailing together can be called a fleet, even you and your friends in a fleet of kayaks. Another meaning of fleet originates in the Old English flēotan, which means “moving swiftly.” When it’s used in that way, it’s usually in the -ing form, fleeting.
The military's two most important drone fleets operate out of the Air Force and the Army.Washington Post May 15, 2015
The U.S. military also says the militants' takeover of a key oil refinery and capture of a government compound in Ramadi are only fleeting gains.
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