Found 2 items, similar to flying colors.
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Definition: flying colors
n : complete success; “they passed inspection with flying
[syn: flying colours
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Definition: Flying colors
, a. [From Fly
, v. i.]
Moving in the air with, or as with, wings; moving lightly or
rapidly; intended for rapid movement.
(Mil.) a body of cavalry and infantry, kept in
motion, to cover its own garrisons and to keep the enemy
in continual alarm. --Farrow.
(Mil.), artillery trained to rapid
evolutions, -- the men being either mounted or trained to
spring upon the guns and caissons when they change
, Flying camp
. See under Bridge
(Arch.), a contrivance for taking up the
thrust of a roof or vault which can not be supported by
ordinary buttresses. It consists of a straight bar of
masonry, usually sloping, carried on an arch, and a solid
pier or buttress sufficient to receive the thrust. The
word is generally applied only to the straight bar with
, flags unfurled and waving in the air; hence:
To come off with flying colors
, to be victorious; to
succeed thoroughly in an undertaking.
(Zo["o]l.), a young female kangaroo.
(a) (Zo["o]l.) See Dragon
(b) A meteor. See under Dragon
(a) A fabled Dutch mariner condemned for his crimes to sail
the seas till the day of judgment.
(b) A spectral ship.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Flying fish
, in the
(Zo["o]l.), see Flying fox
in the vocabulary.
(Zo["o]l.), either of two East Indian tree
frogs of the genus Rhacophorus
and Rhacophorus pardalis
), having very
large and broadly webbed feet, which serve as parachutes,
and enable it to make very long leaps.
(Zo["o]l.), a species of gurnard of the
, with very large
pectoral fins, said to be able to fly like the flying
fish, but not for so great a distance.
Note: Three species are known; that of the Atlantic is
(Naut.), a sail extended outside of the standing
jib, on the flying-jib boom.
(Naut.), an extension of the jib boom.
(Naut.), light sails carried only in fine
. (Zo["o]l.) See Colugo
(Civil Engin.), a reconnoissance level over
the course of a projected road, canal, etc.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Dragon
, n. 6.
, any apparatus for navigating through the
air, especially a heavier-than-air machine. -- Flying mouse
(Zo["o]l.), the opossum mouse (Acrobates pygm[ae]us
), a marsupial of Australia. Called also
Note: It has lateral folds of skin, like the flying
squirrels, and a featherlike tail. -- Flying party
(Mil.), a body of soldiers detailed to hover about an
enemy. -- Flying phalanger
(Zo["o]l.), one of several
species of small marsuupials of the genera Petaurus
, of Australia and New Guinea, having lateral
folds like those of the flying squirrels. The sugar
squirrel (Belideus sciureus
), and the ariel (Belideus ariel
), are the best known; -- called also squirrel petaurus
and flying squirrel
. See Sugar squirrel
, the fly of a clock. -- Flying sap
the rapid construction of trenches (when the enemy's fire
of case shot precludes the method of simple trenching), by
means of gabions placed in juxtaposition and filled with
earth. -- Flying shot
, a shot fired at a moving object,
as a bird on the wing. -- Flying spider
. (Zo["o]l.) See
. -- Flying squid
oceanic squid (Ommastrephes Bartramii
), abundant in the Gulf Stream,
which is able to leap out of the water with such force
that it often falls on the deck of a vessel. -- Flying squirrel
(Zo["o]l.) See Flying squirrel
, in the
Vocabulary. -- Flying start
, a start in a sailing race
in which the signal is given while the vessels are under
way. -- Flying torch
(Mil.), a torch attached to a long
staff and used for signaling at night.