Occasionally an owl will take wing from a branch and swoop away with a flash of white.
Many-coloured insects creep up the sorrel stems and take wing from the summit.
Are they afraid to see me, that they all take wing as soon as I appear?
Just as I reached the rocks, I saw a covey apparently about to take wing.
At the sound of that laugh Esther's fears seemed to take wing.
Birds about to take wing are rising; when in flight, they are volant; when at rest, they are close.
The summer is fledged; he will take wing before we realise it.
He suddenly threw down the twigs, and thereupon made the Dove take wing.
This sky above us seems so high up, I feel as if I could take wing and fly!
Even the planes seemed to be huddled together, poised like vibrant butterflies, eager to take wing.
late 12c., wenge, from Old Norse vængr "wing of a bird, aisle, etc." (cf. Danish and Swedish vinge "wing"), of unknown origin, perhaps from a Proto-Germanic *we-ingjaz and ultimately from PIE root *we- "blow" (cf. Old English wawan "to blow;" see wind (n.)). Replaced Old English feðra (plural) "wings" (see feather). The meaning "either of two divisions of a political party, army, etc." is first recorded c.1400; theatrical sense is from 1790.
Verbal phrase wing it (1885) is from theatrical slang sense of an actor learning his lines in the wings before going onstage, or else not learning them at all and being fed by a prompter in the wings. The verb to wing "shoot a bird in the wing" is from 1802. The slang sense of to earn (one's) wings is 1940s, from the wing-shaped badges awarded to air cadets on graduation. To be under (someone's) wing "protected by (someone)" is recorded from early 13c. Phrase on a wing and a prayer is title of a 1943 song about landing a damaged aircraft.
Any of various paired movable organs of flight, such as the modified forelimb of a bird or bat or one of the membranous organs extending from the thorax of an insect.
Something that resembles a wing in appearance, function, or position relative to a main body.