Definition of fleet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fliːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fliːt//
    Types of boats and ships
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  1. 1[countable] a group of military ships commanded by the same person a fleet of destroyers Nelson destroyed the Franco-Spanish fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar. Wordfinderadmiral, aircraft carrier, base, captain, command, fleet, navy, submarine, torpedo, warship See related entries: Types of boats and ships
  2. 2[countable] a group of ships fishing together a fishing/whaling fleet See related entries: Types of boats and ships
  3. 3the fleet [singular] all the military ships of a particular country a reduction in the size of the British fleet
  4. 4[countable] fleet (of something) a group of planes, buses, taxis, etc. travelling together or owned by the same organization the company’s new fleet of vans
  5. Word Originnoun Old English flēot ‘ship, shipping’, from flēotan ‘float, swim’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vlieten and German fliessen, also to flit and float. Extra examplesThe entire fleet was sunk. The fleet was is very expensive to maintain. The fleet was mobilized and the country prepared for war. The ship sailed to join the fleet at Barbados. There were over 500 ships in the enemy fleet. To maintain a submarine fleet is a major commitment. a fleet of taxis a large fleet of gunboats the company car fleet A fleet of army trucks had surrounded the barn. The airline is doubling the size of its fleet. The entire US space shuttle fleet was grounded after the accident. The injured were taken to hospital in a fleet of ambulances. Their entire fleet of aircraft were destroyed. There were plans to modernize the tram and bus fleet.
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