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fleet 1

1. A number of warships operating together under one command.
2. A number of vessels having a shared origin, purpose, or area of operation: the Japanese merchant fleet; the North Pacific fishing fleet.
3. A group of vehicles, such as taxicabs or airliners, owned or operated as a unit.

[Middle English flete, from Old English flēot, from flēotan, to float; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.]

fleet 2

adj. fleet·er, fleet·est
1. Moving swiftly and nimbly. See Synonyms at fast1.
2. Fleeting; evanescent.
v. fleet·ed, fleet·ing, fleets
1. To move or pass swiftly: The summer days fleeted by.
2. To fade; vanish: beauty that is fleeting away.
3. Obsolete To flow.
4. Obsolete To drift.
1. To cause (time) to pass quickly.
2. Nautical To alter the position of (tackle or rope, for example).

[Probably from Old Norse fljōtr. V., from Middle English fleten, to drift, float, from Old English flēotan; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.]

fleet′ly adv.
fleet′ness n.
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Adv.1.fleetly - in a swift manner; "she moved swiftly"
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There was something so thoroughly savage in the manner of these expressions, and the looks and gestures by which they were accompanied, that her great fear of him gave her new strength, and enabled her by a sudden effort to extricate herself and run fleetly from him.
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The movie, pieced together in record time, is a sharp, fun, disquieting, and fleetly edited chronicle of the entire campaign year, inside and outside the media bubble, with the focus held obsessively on Donald Trump's rise.
From Figures 1 and 4 and Figures 2 and 5, it is seen that all the true values are approached by the estimated ones fleetly on the system states and the combination which is estimated by the ESO.