flyaway to Focimeter
1. frivolous; of people. serious
2. Tending to move away from a center, rather than remain in a compact group; used of hair or clothing
or of small particles of matter. Light objects or particles readily taking a static electric charge may be
moved apart by acquisition of a charge, or by approach of a charged object. Such a property is called
(Fly"bane`) n. (Bot.) A kind of catchfly of the genus Silene; also, a poisonous mushroom (Agaricus
muscarius); fly agaric.
(Fly"-bit`ten) a. Marked by, or as if by, the bite of flies. Shak.
(Fly"blow`) v. t. To deposit eggs upon, as a flesh fly does on meat; to cause to be maggoty; hence,
to taint or contaminate, as if with flyblows. Bp. Srillingfleet.
(Fly"blow`), n. (Zoöl.) One of the eggs or young larvæ deposited by a flesh fly, or blowfly.
(Fly"blown`) a. Tainted or contaminated with flyblows; damaged; foul.
Wherever flyblown reputations were assembled.Thackeray.
(Fly"boat`) n. [Fly + boat: cf. D. vlieboot.]
1. (Naut.) A large Dutch coasting vessel.
Captain George Weymouth made a voyage of discovery to the northwest with two flyboats.Purchas.
2. A kind of passenger boat formerly used on canals.
(Fly"-case`) n. (Zoöl.) The covering of an insect, esp. the elytra of beetles.
(Fly"catch`er) n. (Zoöl.) One of numerous species of birds that feed upon insects, which
they take on the wing.
The true flycatchers of the Old World are Oscines, and belong to the family Muscicapidæ, as the spotted
flycatcher The American flycatchers, or tyrant flycatchers, are Clamatores, and belong to the family Tyrannidæ,
as the kingbird, pewee, crested flycatcher and the vermilion flycatcher or churinche Certain American
flycatching warblers of the family Sylvicolidæ are also called flycatchers, as the Canadian flycatcher (Sylvania
Canadensis), and the hooded flycatcher See Tyrant flycatcher.
(Fly"-catch`ing), a. (Zoöl.) Having the habit of catching insects on the wing.
(Fly"er) n. [See Flier.]
1. One that uses wings.
2. The fly of a flag: See Fly, n., 6.
3. Anything that is scattered abroad in great numbers as a theatrical programme, an advertising leaf,
4. (Arch.) One in a flight of steps which are parallel to each other as distinguished from a winder.
5. The pair of arms attached to the spindle of a spinning frame, over which the thread passes to the
bobbin; so called from their swift revolution. See Fly, n., 11.