Within a few minutes, a fleet of battleships was winging its way toward the invisible barrier.
Still, there seemed a possibility of her escaping should her pursuer not succeed in winging her.
And all unconsciously his mind went back to the winging of the crows overhead and the sound of their harsh voices.
“I think we may have a chance of winging her, if we fire steadily,” he said.
Look yonder, and choose whether you will return skimming the water like a wild-duck, or winging the air like a plover.
Finally, the stubby scout rocket was winging its way over New York.
One eye he had for the approaching fleet and one to the ledge of rocks toward which the Ligonier was winging.
The craft was put after the butterfly which was winging its way toward shore.
Notwithstanding, he is winging his way with unerring precision to the place where his little load is to be deposited.
We are two birds flown from the nest and winging our flight through the air.
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.