3. Lofty elevation and excursion;a mounting; a soaing; as, a flight of imagination, ambition, folly. Could he have kept his spirit to that flight, He had been happy. (Byron) His highest flights were indeed far below those of Taylor. (Macaulay)
4. A number of beings or things passing through the air together; especially, a flock of birds flying in company; the birds that fly or migrate together; the birds produced in one season; as, a flight of arrows. Swift flights of angels ministrant. (Milton) Like a flight of fowl scattered winds and tempestuous gusts. (Shak)
(Science: zoology) flight feathers, the wing feathers of a bird, including the quills, coverts, and bastard wing. See bird. To put to flight, to turn to flight, to compel to run away; to force to flee; to rout.
Origin: as. Fliht, flyht, a flying, fr. Fleogan to fly; cf. Flyht a fleeing, fr. Fleon to flee, g. Flucht a fleeing, Sw. Flykt, g. Flug a flying, Sw. Flygt, D. Vlugt a fleeing or flying, dan. Flugt. See Flee, fly.