wing

[ wing ]
/ wɪŋ /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to travel on or as if on wings; fly; soar: They are winging to the coast.

Idioms

Origin of wing

1125–75; Middle English wenge (plural noun) < Old Danish wingæ; compare Norwegian, Swedish vinge, Old Norse vǣngr

Related forms

out·wing, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for on the wing

wing

/ (wɪŋ) /

noun

verb (mainly tr)

Derived Forms

winglike, adjective

Word Origin for wing

C12: from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse vǣngir (plural), Norwegian veng
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Medicine definitions for on the wing

wing

[ wĭng ]

n.

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.
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Science definitions for on the wing

wing

[ wĭng ]

One of a pair of specialized parts used for flying, as in birds, bats, or insects.
A thin, papery projection on certain fruits that are dispersed by the wind, such as the fruits of ash, elm, and maple trees. See also samara.
A part extending from the side of an aircraft, such as an airplane, having a curved upper surface that causes the pressure of air rushing over it to decrease, thereby providing lift.
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Idioms and Phrases with on the wing (1 of 2)

on the wing


1

In flight, usually referring to a bird as opposed to a plane. For example, Louise is very good at identifying birds on the wing. [Late 1400s]

2

Active, in motion, as in Coaches are always on the wing, trying to recruit talented athletes. This usage may be obsolescent. [c. 1500]

Idioms and Phrases with on the wing (2 of 2)

wing


In addition to the idiom beginning with wing

  • wing it

also see:

  • clip someone's wings
  • in the wings
  • left wing
  • on the wing
  • take flight (wing)
  • under someone's wing
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