FLEET , a word in all its significances, derived from the
See also:root of the verb " to fleet," from 0 . Eng. fleotan, to
See also:float or flow, which ultimately derives from an Indo-
See also:European root seen in Gr. irM€Lv, to
See also:sail, and
See also:Lat. pluere, to
See also:rain; cf . Dutch oliessen, and Ger. fliessen . In
See also:English usage it survives in the name of many places, such as Byfleet and
See also:Northfleet, and in the Fleet, a stream in
See also:London that formerly ran into the
See also:Thames between the bottom of Ludgate
See also:Hill and the
See also:present Fleet Street . From the idea of " float " comes the application of the word to
See also:ships, when in
See also:company, and particularly to a large number of warships under the supreme . command of a single officer, with the individual ships, or groups of ships, under individual and sub-
See also:ordinate command . The distinction between a fleet and a
See also:squadron is often one of name only . In the
See also:navy the various
See also:main divisions are or have been called fleets and squadrons indifferently . The word is also frequently used of a company of fishing vessels, and in fishing is also applied to a
See also:row of
See also:drift-nets fastened together . From the
See also:original meaning of the word " flowing " comes the adjectival use of the word, swift, or speedy; so also " fleeting," of something evanescent or fading away, with the idea of the fast-flowing lapse of
See also:time .
RICHARD FLECKNOE (c. 1600-1678?)
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