- one of a pair of airfoils attached transversely to the fuselage of an aircraft and providing lift.
- both airfoils, taken collectively.
- the platform or space on the right or left of the stage proper.
- wing flat.
- any leaflike expansion, as of a samara.
- one of the two side petals of a papilionaceous flower.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- wing and wing,
- wing bar,
- wing beat,
- wing bit,
- wing bolt
- in flight, or flying: a bird on the wing.
- in motion; traveling; active: Scouts are on the wing in search of a new talent.
- to begin to fly; take to the air.
- to leave in haste; depart: Our resolutions to economize swiftly took wing.
Origin of wing
Examples from the Web for wing
RELATED: Wing Span: The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (PHOTOS) Not everyone agreed with her assessment.I Got Kicked Out Of The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show|Nico Hines|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Is Clinton too close to the Wall Street-Goldman Sachs wing of the Democratic Party?
Bush, meanwhile, hails from the more moderate “establishment” wing of the GOP.
But perhaps a better name for this crowd would be “the Dan Malloy wing of the Democratic Party.”Dan Malloy Is Progressives’ Dream Governor. So Why Isn’t He Winning?|David Freedlander|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Murphy took him under his wing, and one day he gave Rock To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With.
In shooting on the wing he thought that his young friend was superior to any one on the grounds.The Cave by the Beech Fork|Henry S. Spalding
They are plovers that subsist largely upon flying insects which they catch when on the wing.Glimpses of Indian Birds|Douglas Dewar
The wings of the Blriot had the Wright brothers' wing warping arrangement.The Romance of Aircraft|Lawrence Yard Smith
One wing of the building is inhabited by the male, and the other by the female patients.Travels Through North America, v. 1-2|Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach
The people of that country are constantly seeing men on the wing, who come and enter this monastery.Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms|Fa-Hsien
- a half of the main supporting surface on an aircraft, confined to one side of it
- the full span of the main supporting surface on both sides of an aircraft
- an aircraft designed as one complete wing
- a position in flight formation, just to the rear and to one side of an aircraft
- an organ or apparatus resembling a wing
- anatomyany bodily structure resembling a wingthe wings of a sphenoid bone Technical name: ala
- either of the lateral petals of a sweetpea or related flower
- any of various outgrowths of a plant part, esp the process on a wind-dispersed fruit or seed
- either of the two sides of the pitch near the touchline
- a player stationed in such a position; winger
- about to leave
- to lift off or fly away
- to depart in haste
- to become joyful
- to restrict someone's freedom
- to thwart someone's ambition
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for 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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with wing
- wing it
- clip someone's wings
- in the wings
- left wing
- on the wing
- take flight (wing)
- under someone's wing