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 wing it

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 wing it

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 wing it

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 wing it (1 of 2)

wing it


Improvise, as in The interviewer had not read the author's book; he was just winging it. This expression comes from the theater, where it alludes to an actor studying his part in the wings (the areas to either side of the stage) because he has been suddenly called on to replace another. First recorded in 1885, it eventually was extended to other kinds of improvisation based on unpreparedness.

Idioms and Phrases with wing it (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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