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flight sb. (1 cf. ‘You must haue diuerse shaftes of one flight, fethered with diuerse winges, for diuerse windes,’ Ascham ‘Toxophilus’, 1545)
1. “of the self-same ,” having the same power of flight, applied to arrows of equal size and weight Mer.V. I. i. 142.
2. flock (of birds) Tit. V. iii. 68; transf. company (of angels) Ham. V. ii. 374.
3. long-distance shooting with special arrows called ‘flights’ or ‘flight-arrows’ Ado I. i. 40* “challenged Cupid at the flight.”
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