Definition for FLEET

FLEET, n.2 [Sax. flota, fliet; G. flotte; D. vloot; Sw. flotte D. flode; Fr. flotte. Fleet and float seem to be allied. But whether they are formed from the root of flow, or whether the last consonant is radical, is not obvious. See Float.]

A navy or squadron of ships; number of ships in company, whether ships of war, or of commerce. It more generally signifies ships of war.

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