1.One of the two anterior limbs of a bird, pterodactyl, or bat. They correspond to the arms of man, and are usually modified for flight, but in the case of a few species of birds, as the ostrich, auk, etc., the wings are used only as an assistance in running or swimming.
2.(Zool.) Any similar member or instrument used for the purpose of flying.
3.Passage by flying; flight; as, to take wing.
4.Motive or instrument of flight; means of flight or of rapid motion.
Fiery expedition be my wing.
- Shak.
5.Anything which agitates the air as a wing does, or which is put in winglike motion by the action of the air, as a fan or vane for winnowing grain, the vane or sail of a windmill, etc.
6.An ornament worn on the shoulder; a small epaulet or shoulder knot.
7.(Zool.) Any appendage resembling the wing of a bird or insect in shape or appearance.
8.(Arch.) One of two corresponding appendages attached; a sidepiece.
9.(Aeronautics) Any surface used primarily for supporting a flying machine in flight, especially the flat or slightly curved planes on a heavier-than-air aircraft which provide most of the lift. In fixed-wing aircraft there are usually two main wings fixed on opposite sides of the fuselage. Smaller wings are typically placed near the tail primarily for stabilization, but may be absent in certain kinds of aircraft. Helicopters usually have no fixed wings, the lift being supplied by the rotating blade.
10.One of two factions within an organization, as a political party, which are opposed to each other; as, right wing or left wing.
11.An administrative division of the air force or of a naval air group, consisting of a certain number of airplanes and the personnel associated with them.
On the wing
a - Supported by, or flying with, the wings another.
On the wings of the wind
with the utmost velocity.
Under the wing of
under the care or protection of.
Wing and wing
(Naut.) with sails hauled out on either side; - said of a schooner, or her sails, when going before the wind with the foresail on one side and the mainsail on the other; also said of a square-rigged vessel which has her studding sails set. Cf. Goosewinged.
Wing case
(Zool.) one of the anterior wings of beetles, and of some other insects, when thickened and used to protect the hind wings; an elytron; - called also wing cover.
Wing covert
(Zool.) one of the small feathers covering the bases of the wing quills. See Covert, n., 2.
Wing gudgeon
(Mach.) an iron gudgeon for the end of a wooden axle, having thin, broad projections to prevent it from turning in the wood. See Illust. of Gudgeon.
Wing shell
(Zool.) wing case of an insect.
Wing stroke
the stroke or sweep of a wing.
Wing transom
(Naut.) the uppermost transom of the stern; - called also main transom.
- J. Knowles.
v. t.1.To furnish with wings; to enable to fly, or to move with celerity.
[imp. & p. p. Winged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Winging.]
Living, to wing with mirth the weary hours.
- Longfellow.
2.To supply with wings or sidepieces.
3.To transport by flight; to cause to fly.
4.To move through in flight; to fly through.
5.To cut off the wings of or to wound in the wing; to disable a wing of; as, to wing a bird; also, [fig.] to wound the arm of a person.
To wing a flight
to exert the power of flying; to fly.
Noun1.wing - a movable organ for flying (one of a pair)
2.wing - one of the horizontal airfoils on either side of the fuselage of an airplane
3.Wingwing - a stage area out of sight of the audience
Synonyms: backstage, offstage
4.wing - a unit of military aircraft
5.wing - the side of military or naval formation; "they attacked the enemy's right flank"
Synonyms: flank
6.wing - a hockey player stationed in a forward positin on either side
7.wing - the wing of a fowl; "he preferred the drumsticks to the wings"
8.wing - a barrier that surrounds the wheels of a vehicle to block splashing water or mud; "in England they call a fender a wing"
Synonyms: fender
9.wing - an addition that extends a main building
Synonyms: annex, annexe, extension
Verb1.wing - travel through the air; be airborne; "Man cannot fly"
Synonyms: fly
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wine-maker's yeast
wineglass heel
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Wing and wing
wing case
wing chair
wing commander
wing cover
Wing covert
wing elm
wing flat
Wing gudgeon
Wing it
wing loading
wing nut
wing screw
Wing shell
wing shooting
Wing stroke
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