Fleece wool, wool shorn from the sheep.Golden fleece. See under Golden.

(Fleece), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fleeced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Fleecing.]

1. To deprive of a fleece, or natural covering of wool.

2. To strip of money or other property unjustly, especially by trickery or fraud; to bring to straits by oppressions and exactions.

Whilst pope and prince shared the wool betwixt them, the people were finely fleeced.

3. To spread over as with wool. [R.] Thomson.

(Fleeced) a.

1. Furnished with a fleece; as, a sheep is well fleeced. Spenser.

2. Stripped of a fleece; plundered; robbed.

(Fleece"less) a. Without a fleece.

(Flee"cer) n. One who fleeces or strips unjustly, especially by trickery or fraund. Prynne.

(Flee"cy) a. Covered with, made of, or resembling, a fleece. "Fleecy flocks." Prior.

(Fleen) n. pl. Obs. pl. of Flea. Chaucer.

(Fle"er) n. One who flees. Ld. Berners.

Fledgeling to Fleshy

(Fledge"ling) n. A young bird just fledged.

(Flee) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fled (fled); p. pr. & vb. n. Fleeing.] [OE. fleon, fleen, AS. fleón (imperf. fleáh); akin to D. vlieden, OHG. & OS. fliohan, G. fliehen, Icel. flyja Dan. flye, Sw. fly Goth. þliuhan. &radic84. Cf. Flight.] To run away, as from danger or evil; to avoid in an alarmed or cowardly manner; to hasten off; — usually with from. This is sometimes omitted, making the verb transitive.

[He] cowardly fled, not having struck one stroke.

Flee fornication.
1 Cor. vi. 18.

So fled his enemies my warlike father.

When great speed is to be indicated, we commonly use fly, not flee; as, fly hence to France with the utmost speed. "Whither shall I fly to 'scape their hands?" Shak. See Fly, v. i., 5.

(Fleece) n. [OE. flees, AS. fleós; akin to D. flies, vlies .]

1. The entire coat of wool that covers a sheep or other similar animal; also, the quantity shorn from a sheep, or animal, at one time.

Who shore me
Like a tame wether, all my precious fleece.

2. Any soft woolly covering resembling a fleece.

3. (Manuf.) The fine web of cotton or wool removed by the doffing knife from the cylinder of a carding machine.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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