noun (used with a plural verb)
- 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)
Origin of wing
Related Words for wingsgroup, faction, arm, branch, circle, side, unit, pennon, appendage, feather, aileron, airfoil, pinion, division, set, projection, annex, addition, protuberance, expansion
Examples from the Web for wings
Contemporary Examples of wings
Specifically, the pilots got themselves into a high altitude stall, where the wings lose the capacity to provide lift.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?
January 4, 2015
At the same time, the heaviest parts—the main fuselage, the engines and wings—sink to the bottom.Did Bad Weather Bring Down AirAsia 8501?
December 29, 2014
People scream, the orchestra stops playing, and the stage manager whisks the diva into the wings.
The audience--tout Hollywood--stands to cheer his slow and painful trek from the wings to the table.
It would knock the eyes out of the Sun and Evening News, and we rejoiced and flapped our wings accordingly.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
Historical Examples of wings
And the third time I said, 'Behold the winged separates from that which hath no wings.'
The voice again said, 'Behold the winged separates from that which hath no wings!'
Tarleton advanced, with his infantry in the centre, and his cavalry on the wings.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
I was thinking of my dream, and says I: 'Did she have her wings on?'Ester Ried Yet Speaking
The ornithopter has hinged planes which work like the wings of a bird.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
- 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