- a complete cycle of moving the wing by a bird when flying
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Examples from the Web for wing beat
There is no need, here, to muffle the sound of the wing-beat.
But as the wing-beat increased in speed the lower loop gradually faded out.
There must be somewhat on which its wing-beat shall fall, stepping stones for its hurrying feet.Among the Forces
Henry White Warren
But the first wing-beat of true love sends it far beyond such struggles.The Hated Son
Honore de Balzac
The first wing-beat hurled Professor Ravenden headlong with a broken collar-bone.The Flying Death
Samuel Hopkins Adams