1. Nautical (of a sail) not hauled in tight against the wind
2. the act of piloting, navigating, or travelling in an aircraft
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What does it mean when you dream about flying?
Flying is a universal dream motif. Flying can reflect a sense that one is “flying high” or that one has “risen above” something. Flying also represents freedom and joy. Sigmund Freud associated flying with sexual desire, Alfred Adler with the will to dominate others, and Carl Jung with the desire to break free of restrictions.
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i. The movement of an aircraft or a person in an aircraft through air. The act of such a movement.
ii. The art or skill of piloting an aircraft.
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flew with wings of wax and feathers. [Gk. Myth.: Bulfinch]
possesses magic cloak which permits flight. [Children’s Lit.: The Little Lame Prince]
little elephant’s huge ears take him up and away. [Am. Cinema: Dumbo in Disney Films, 49–53]
rode upon magic carpet that could fly. [Arab. Lit.: Arabian Nights, ”Ahmed and Paribanou”]
Daedalus’s son whose wings disintegrated in flight when approaching the sun. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 126]
winged horse. [Class. Myth.: Zimmerman, 195]
Seagull, Johnathan Livingston
ill-fated driver of the chariot of sun. [Gk. Myth.: Metamorphoses]
seagull spends its time elaborating flying techniques. [Am. Lit.: Richard Bach Jonathan Livingston Seagull]
a roc flies him to the Valley of Diamonds, and an eagle flies him to its nest. [Arab. Lit.: Arabian Nights]
bearer of the golden fleece, sent by Zeus to save the life of Phryxus, who crossed the sea on its back. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 405]
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Dreams of flying are common and most people can recall having flown in a dream or two. There are many ideas as to what this means. Some people believe that flying in our dreams can be an actual out of body experience through which we travel to different places on this physical plane as well as into the inner planes (mostly the astral). Edgar Cayce thought that astral travel or “soul travel” might be a precursor to becoming lucid in a dream. Carl Jung’s idea was that in a flying dream we are expressing our desire to break free of restrictions and limitations. We have a desire to be free and above all difficulties! Alfred Adler thought that this dream was a type of a superiority dream in which we reveal the desire to dominate and be above others. Focusing on the libido, Freud thought that flying was another way to express sexual desires. The details of your dream will give you clues as to what it symbolizes, if your dream was a spiritual experience or ego based. Enjoy it, flying is fun!
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.