wingspan

[ wing-span ]
/ ˈwɪŋˌspæn /
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noun

the distance between the wing tips of an airplane.

Nearby words

  1. wingman,
  2. wingnut,
  3. wingover,
  4. wings,
  5. wings of the dove, the,
  6. wingspread,
  7. wingsuit,
  8. wingtip,
  9. wingy,
  10. winifred

Origin of wingspan

First recorded in 1915–20; wing + span1

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British Dictionary definitions for wingspan

wingspan

wingspread (ˈwɪŋˌsprɛd)

/ (ˈwɪŋˌspæn) /

noun

the distance between the wing tips of an aircraft, bird, etc
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Word Origin and History for wingspan

wingspan

n.

also wing-span, 1894, from wing (n.) + span (n.1).

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