Definitions of wing

  1. an addition that extends a main building
  2. a stage area out of sight of the audience
  3. a barrier that surrounds the wheels of a vehicle to block splashing water or mud; " in England they call a fender a wing"
  4. the side of military or naval formation; " they attacked the enemy's right flank"
  5. travel through the air; be airborne; " Man cannot fly"
  6. a movable organ for flying ( one of a pair)
  7. one of the horizontal airfoils on either side of the fuselage of an airplane
  8. the wing of a fowl; " he preferred the drumsticks to the wings"
  9. a unit of military aircraft
  10. a hockey player stationed in a forward positin on either side
  11. Any surface used primarily for supporting a flying machine in flight, whether by edge- on motion, or flapping, or rotation; specif., either of a pair of supporting planes of a flying machine.
  12. 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.
  13. Any similar member or instrument used for the purpose of flying.
  14. One of the two pairs of upper thoracic appendages of most hexapod insects. They are broad, fanlike organs formed of a double membrane and strengthened by chitinous veins or nervures.
  15. One of the large pectoral fins of the flying fishes.
  16. Passage by flying; flight; as, to take wing.
  17. Motive or instrument of flight; means of flight or of rapid motion.
  18. 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.
  19. Any appendage resembling the wing of a bird or insect in shape or appearance.
  20. One of the broad, thin, anterior lobes of the foot of a pteropod, used as an organ in swimming.
  21. Any membranaceous expansion, as that along the sides of certain stems, or of a fruit of the kind called samara.
  22. Either of the two side petals of a papilionaceous flower.
  23. One of two corresponding appendages attached; a sidepiece.
  24. A side building, less than the main edifice; as, one of the wings of a palace.
  25. The longer side of crownworks, etc., connecting them with the main work.
  26. A side shoot of a tree or plant; a branch growing up by the side of another.
  27. The right or left division of an army, regiment, etc.
  28. That part of the hold or orlop of a vessel which is nearest the sides. In a fleet, one of the extremities when the ships are drawn up in line, or when forming the two sides of a triangle.
  29. One of the sides of the stags in a theater.
  30. To furnish with wings; to enable to fly, or to move with celerity.
  31. To supply with wings or sidepieces.
  32. To transport by flight; to cause to fly.
  33. To move through in flight; to fly through.
  34. To cut off the wings of; to wound in the wing; to disable a wing of; as, to wing a bird.
  35. One of the two upper limbs of a bird, by which it flies; one of the thin appendages of membrane by which an insect flies; any part projecting from the main body of something; as, the wing of a house, or the right wing of an army; one of the main supporting surfaces of an airplane; passage by means of flying; as, he gave the bird wing.
  36. To furnish with or as with, means of flying or moving swiftly; to carry by flying; to accomplish by flying; wound in the wing.
  37. To fly.
  38. The organ of a bird, or other animal or insect, by which it flies: flight: any side- piece: side of an army, ship, building, etc.: ( fig.) protection.
  39. To furnish or transport with wings: to supply with side- pieces: to wound in the wing.
  40. Limb by which an animal flies; flight; side- portion of a building, army, & c.
  41. To furnish with wings; transport by wings; traverse in flight; wound in the wing.
  42. To accomplish by the aid of wings.
  43. To impart rapid motion to.
  44. To furnish with wings.
  45. To shoot in the wing; disable.
  46. To fly with or as with wings.
  47. The fore limb of a bird, adapted for flight, or something resembling or acting like it.
  48. Flight.
  49. An extension of a building at the side; the right or left division of an army.
  50. Those parts of the hold and orlop deck which are nearest the sides.
  51. The limb of a bird by which it flies, and under which it protects its young; care and protection; the limb of an insect by which it flies; flight; passage by the wing; means of flying; acceleration; motive or incitement of flight; the flank or extreme part of an army; any side- piece; a leaf- like appendage; the two lateral petals of a papilionaceous flower, which stand opposite to each other; a side- shoot; a side- building, less than the main edifice; the longer sides of horn- works, crown- works, & c.; the ships on the extremities, when ranged in a line, or when forming the two sides of a triangle.
  52. To furnish with wings; to enable to fly or to move with celerity; to supply with side bodies; to transport by flight.
  53. To fly. To wing a flight, to exert the power of flying. On the wing, flying. On the wings of the wind, with the utmost velocity. Wing and wing, said of a fore and aft vessel, with the foresail handled to one side and the mainsail to the other.
  54. An ornament worn on the shoulder; a small epaulet or shoulder knot.
  55. That limb of a bird by which it flies, and under which it protects its young; care or protection, particularly in the plu.; passage by the wing; means of flying; anything compared to a wing in form or position; a side erection attached to the main edifice; in bot., a membraneous border by which many seeds are supported in the air and transported from place to place; the extreme right or left division of an army; the ships on each extremity of a fleet arranged in line of battle.
  56. To furnish with wings; to enable to fly or move with speed; to supply with side parts; to transport by flight; among sportsmen, to wound in the wing, as a bird.
  57. One of two lateral petals in a papilionaceous flower; the lateral expansion on many seeds; any broad membranous expansion; the fore- limb of Birds; the flight organ of Insects.

Usage examples for wing

  1. It follows that at each revolution of C an arm or wing of the star will be carried from the point G to point F, which, in this case, is a sixth of a revolution. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  2. We did not stop to eat, but caught our food on the wing – Stories of Birds by Lenore Elizabeth Mulets
  3. Thought sure he'd wing me. – Somewhere in Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson
  4. He was gone again like a bird on the wing – The Bars of Iron by Ethel May Dell
  5. Kate had promised to stay at Yarmouth for a month, but she had already been there six weeks, and was still under her aunt's wing – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  6. The sun was in the west, and the windows were all shining in its light, when Fleet Wing and Sweet Voice reached the town. – Mother Stories by Maud Lindsay
  7. He persisted, however, and broke the wing of the next. – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  8. A door had evidently been burst open in the southern wing of the house. – Paddy Finn by W. H. G. Kingston
  9. A new wing of the house- a new house it was to be. – Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
  10. As they wound their way through the pleasant valley, every so often the little bluebird would sing her song, loud and sweet, and then would pause, with folded wing to listen, as if expecting an answer. – The Magic Soap Bubble by David Cory
  11. " Go back to the palace now, Monsieur le Comte, Madame will allow you to take her chair, and then by using our own private entrance on the South side, you will avoid being seen from the West Wing – Petticoat Rule by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  12. " That is the important point," he said, and the wing came off unexpectedly. – By Berwen Banks by Allen Raine
  13. Let him take himself off into the village or into the wing of the house, or I shall leave here at once. – Uncle Vanya by Anton Checkov
  14. Whether we shall be laughed at, for throwing by a building, the last wing of which cost a thousand pounds, after using it only three years? – An History of Birmingham (1783) by William Hutton
  15. You should have come down under the shelter of my wing then it would have been all right. – A Sweet Girl Graduate by Mrs. L.T. Meade
  16. Standing in the dark hall which connected the left wing with the house, she could see through into the living room where Jean sat with her lover. – The Tin Soldier by Temple Bailey
  17. I have made ample provision here for another wing if it should be required. – The Intriguers by William Le Queux
  18. You're going to take me under your wing and let me walk to the gate with Betty and Lloyd, aren't you! – The Little Colonel at Boarding-School by Annie Fellows Johnston
  19. First it goes this way, then it goes that, Just like a bird on the wing – The Kitten's Garden of Verses by Oliver Herford
  20. A yellow spot before the eye and on bend of the wing the bird's characteristic marks. – Bird-Neighbors by Blanchan, Neltje