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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wingnoun

    a movable organ for flying (one of a pair)

  2. wingnoun

    one of the horizontal airfoils on either side of the fuselage of an airplane

  3. wing, offstage, backstagenoun

    a stage area out of sight of the audience

  4. wingnoun

    a unit of military aircraft

  5. flank, wingnoun

    the side of military or naval formation

    "they attacked the enemy's right flank"

  6. wingnoun

    a hockey player stationed in a forward position on either side

  7. wingnoun

    (in flight formation) a position to the side and just to the rear of another aircraft

  8. wingnoun

    a group within a political party or legislature or other organization that holds distinct views or has a particular function

    "they are the progressive wing of the Republican Party"

  9. wingnoun

    the wing of a fowl

    "he preferred the drumsticks to the wings"

  10. fender, wingnoun

    a barrier that surrounds the wheels of a vehicle to block splashing water or mud

    "in Britain they call a fender a wing"

  11. annex, annexe, extension, wingverb

    an addition that extends a main building

  12. fly, wingverb

    travel through the air; be airborne

    "Man cannot fly"


  1. Wingnoun

    (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.

  2. Wingnoun

    One of two factions within an organization, as a political party, which are opposed to each other; as, right wing or left wing.

  3. Wingnoun

    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.


  1. wingnoun

    An appendage of an animal's (bird, bat, insect) body that enables it to fly.

  2. wingnoun

    Human arm.

  3. wingnoun

    Part of an airplane that produces the lift for rising into the air.

  4. wingnoun

    A part of something that is lesser in size than the main body, such as an extension from the main building.

  5. wingnoun

    A fraction of a political movement. Usually implies a position apart from the mainstream center position.

  6. wingnoun

    An organizational grouping in a military aviation service:

  7. wingnoun

    A panel of a car which encloses the wheel area, especially the front wheels.

  8. wingnoun

    A platform on either side of the bridge of a vessel, normally found in pairs.

  9. wingnoun

    A position in several field games on either side of the field.

  10. wingverb

    To injure slightly (as with a gunshot), especially in the arm.

  11. wingverb

    To fly.

  12. wingverb

    To add a wing (extra part) to.

  13. wingverb

    To act or speak extemporaneously; to improvise; to wing it.

  14. wingverb

    To throw.

  15. wingnoun

    A player occupying such a position, also called a winger

  16. wingnoun

    A flattened extension of a tridimensional plant organ.

  17. wingnoun

    = háek

  18. Etymology: From vængr.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. WINGnoun

    Etymology: gehwing , Saxon; winge, Danish.

    As Venus’ bird, the white swift lovely dove,
    Doth on her wings her utmost swiftness prove,
    Finding the gripe of falcon fierce not fur. Philip Sidney.

    Ignorance is the curse of God,
    Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heav’n. William Shakespeare.

    An eagle stirreth up her nest, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, and beareth them on her wings. Deut. xxxii.

    A spleenless wind so stretcht
    Her wings to waft us, and so urg’d our keel. George Chapman.

    The prince of augurs, Helitherses, rose;
    Prescient he view’d th’ aerial tracts, and drew
    A sure presage from ev’ry wing that flew. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    Wing, cartnave, and bushel, peck, ready at hand. Thomas Tusser.

    Light thickens, and the crow
    Makes wing to th’ rooky wood:
    Good things of day begin to droop and drowze,
    While night’s black agents to their prey do rouze. William Shakespeare.

    Thy affections hold a wing
    Quite from the flight of all thy ancestors. William Shakespeare, H. IV.

    I have pursued her as love hath pursued me, on the wing of all occasions. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    While passion is upon the wing, and the man fully engaged in the prosecution of some unlawful object, no remedy or controul is to be expected from his reason. South.

    You are too young your power to understand;
    Lovers take wing upon the least command. Dryden.

    And straight, with in-born vigour, on the wing,
    Like mounting larks, to the new morning sing. Dryden.

    Then life is on the wing; then most she sinks,
    When most she seems reviv’d. Edmund Smith, Phædra and Hippol.

    Fearful commenting
    Is leaden servitor to dull delay;
    Delay leads impotent and snail-pac’d beggary:
    Then fiery expedition be my wing,
    Jove’s Mercury, and herald for a king. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    The footmen were Germans, to whom were joined as wings certain companies of Italians. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    The left wing put to flight,
    The chiefs o’erborn, he rushes on the right. Dryden.

    The plough most proper for stiff black clays is long, large, and broad, with a deep head and a square earth-board, the coulter long and very little bending, with a very large wing. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

  2. To Wingverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The speed of gods
    Time counts not, tho’ with swiftest minutes wing’d. John Milton.

    Who knows but he, whose hand the lightning forms,
    Who heaves old ocean, and who wings the storms,
    Pours fierce ambition in a Cæsar’s mind,
    Or turns young Ammon loose to scourge mankind. Alexander Pope.

    We ourself will follow
    In the main battle, which on either side
    Shall be well winged with our chiefest horse. William Shakespeare, R. III.

  3. To Wingverb

    To pass by flight.

    I, an old turtle,
    Will wing me to some wither’d bough, and there
    My mate, that’s never to be found again,
    Lament ’till I am lost. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Warm’d with more particles of heav’nly flame,
    He wing’d his upward flight, and soar’d to fame;
    The rest remain’d below, a crowd without a name. Dryd.

    Struck with the horrour of the sight,
    She turns her head, and wings her flight. Matthew Prior.

    From the Meotis to the northern sea,
    The goddess wings her desp’rate way. Matthew Prior.


  1. WING

    WING (1410 AM) is a commercial radio station in Dayton, Ohio operating with 5,000 watts along with studios, offices and transmitter located on David Road in Kettering. It is the first (and oldest) full-time commercial radio station in Dayton. It is currently a local affiliate for ESPN Radio and the Ohio State Sports Network, but is best known and remembered as Dayton's first Top 40-formatted station. WING operates at 5,000 watts around the clock. A single tower is used during the day, providing at least secondary coverage to most of southwestern Ohio. At night, two towers are used in a directional pattern to protect CFTE in Vancouver, British Columbia, concentrating the signal around Dayton.


  1. wing

    A wing is a limb or appendage adapted for flying, found on birds, insects, bats, airplanes, and other objects. It is often elongated and flattened, with a shape and design that allows for lift in air or water. The term can also refer metaphorically to aspects of a structure or organization that extend from the main body or central area.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wingnoun

    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. Wingnoun

    any similar member or instrument used for the purpose of flying

  3. Wingnoun

    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

  4. Wingnoun

    one of the large pectoral fins of the flying fishes

  5. Wingnoun

    passage by flying; flight; as, to take wing

  6. Wingnoun

    motive or instrument of flight; means of flight or of rapid motion

  7. Wingnoun

    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

  8. Wingnoun

    an ornament worn on the shoulder; a small epaulet or shoulder knot

  9. Wingnoun

    any appendage resembling the wing of a bird or insect in shape or appearance

  10. Wingnoun

    one of the broad, thin, anterior lobes of the foot of a pteropod, used as an organ in swimming

  11. Wingnoun

    any membranaceous expansion, as that along the sides of certain stems, or of a fruit of the kind called samara

  12. Wingnoun

    either of the two side petals of a papilionaceous flower

  13. Wingnoun

    one of two corresponding appendages attached; a sidepiece

  14. Wingnoun

    a side building, less than the main edifice; as, one of the wings of a palace

  15. Wingnoun

    the longer side of crownworks, etc., connecting them with the main work

  16. Wingnoun

    a side shoot of a tree or plant; a branch growing up by the side of another

  17. Wingnoun

    the right or left division of an army, regiment, etc

  18. Wingnoun

    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

  19. Wingnoun

    one of the sides of the stags in a theater

  20. Wingverb

    to furnish with wings; to enable to fly, or to move with celerity

  21. Wingverb

    to supply with wings or sidepieces

  22. Wingverb

    to transport by flight; to cause to fly

  23. Wingverb

    to move through in flight; to fly through

  24. Wingverb

    to cut off the wings of; to wound in the wing; to disable a wing of; as, to wing a bird

  25. Etymology: [OE. winge, wenge; probably of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. & Sw. vinge, Icel. vngr.]


  1. Wing

    Wing is a term used by different military aviation forces for a unit of command. The terms wing, group or Staffel are used for different-sized units from one country or service to another. In some military aviation services, a wing is a relatively large formation of two or more groups, which in turn control two or more squadrons. In other contexts a wing is a smaller unit, comprising two to four squadrons, with several wings forming a group. For example, In the United States Air Force, a wing is equivalent to a group in the air forces of most Commonwealth countries and both are equivalent to an army regiment, and a USAF group is equivalent to a wing in most Commonwealth air forces.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wing

    wing, n. the organ of a bird, or other animal or insect, by which it flies: flight, means of flying: anything resembling a wing, any side-piece, the side of a building, &c.: one of the longer sides of crown-works or horn-works in fortification: the flank corps or division of an army on either side: the ships on either extremity of a fleet ranged in line: (fig.) protection.—v.t. to furnish or transport with wings: to lend speed to: to supply with side-pieces: to bear in flight, to traverse by flying: to wound on the wing, to wound a person in arm or shoulder.—v.i. to soar on the wing.—adv. Wing′-and-wing′, the condition of a ship sailing before the wind with studding sails on both sides.—n. Wing′-case, the horny case or cover over the wings of some insects, as the beetle.—adj. Winged, furnished with wings: swift: wounded in the wing: lofty, sublime: alate, abounding in wings.—adv. Wing′edly, on or by wings.—adjs. Wing′-foot′ed, having wings on the feet, aliped; Wing′less, without wings.—ns. Wing′let, the bastard wing or alula of a bird: the pterygium of a weevil; Wing′-shell, a stromb: an aviculoid bivalve, a hammer-oyster: a wing-snail; Wing′-shoot′ing, the act or practice of shooting flying birds; Wing′-shot, a shot at a bird on the wing: one who shoots flying birds.—adj. shot in the wing, or while on the wing.—adj. Wing′y, having wings: soaring on wings.—Winged bull, a common form in Assyrian sculpture, symbolic of domination.—Make, Take, wing, to depart; On, Upon, the wing, flying, in motion: departing; On the wings of the wind, with the highest speed; Under one's wing, under one's protection. [Ice. vængr, a wing; Sw. vinge.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. wing

    1. An Air Force unit composed normally of one primary mission group and the necessary supporting organizations, i.e., organizations designed to render supply, maintenance, hospitalization, and other services required by the primary mission groups. Primary mission groups may be functional, such as combat, training, transport, or service. 2. A fleet air wing is the basic organizational and administrative unit for naval-, land-, and tender-based aviation. Such wings are mobile units to which are assigned aircraft squadrons and tenders for administrative organization control. 3. A balanced Marine Corps task organization of aircraft groups and squadrons, together with appropriate command, air control, administrative, service, and maintenance units.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. wing

    The projecting part of a steamer's deck before and abaft each of the paddle-boxes, bounded by the wing-wale.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. wing

    The right or left division of an army, regiment, and the like. The word is sometimes used to denote the large sides of horn-works, tenailles, and other outworks.

  2. wing

    An ornament worn on the shoulder;—a small imitation epaulette or shoulder-knot.

Editors Contribution

  1. wing

    A facet of an aircraft, airplane or aeroplane created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    The wing of the planet was very angular and smooth.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 30, 2020  

  2. wing

    An element of the body of a bird.

    The bird had beautiful wings.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 29, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. WING

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wing is ranked #2858 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Wing surname appeared 12,614 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 would have the surname Wing.

    82.1% or 10,362 total occurrences were White.
    6.8% or 869 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.8% or 481 total occurrences were Black.
    2.7% or 351 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.7% or 349 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.6% or 202 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wing' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3448

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wing' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4042

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wing' in Nouns Frequency: #887

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wing in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of wing in a Sentence

  1. Kate Andersen Brower:

    Hillary Clinton is a first lady who was there to fight it out to the end, hillary Clinton talked about a' vast right wing conspiracy.' Hillary Clinton even went to Capitol Hill and told the Democratic caucus that Hillary Clinton was upset about what Hillary Clinton husband had done in his personal life, but that they needed to get behind him so that he could accomplish Democratic policies.

  2. Leonardo Barreto:

    Since the 2018 election, the left-wing opposition in Congress does not have enough votes to block the agenda, and don't forget, Lula is free to walk but he has not been acquitted so he cannot be a candidate.

  3. India Walton:

    I won the Democratic primary. I won because I worked hard. I won because people are ready for change. I won because Democrats turned out and voted for me, but we have corporate Democrats who are so desperate to cling to what little power they have left and stave off the progressive wing of our party.

  4. Donald Trump:

    It’s frankly outrageous and highly irresponsible for a left-wing blog … to drop highly salacious and flat-out false information on the Internet just days before he takes the oath of office, ... The fact that BuzzFeed and CNN made the decision to run with this unsubstantiated claim is a sad and pathetic attempt to get clicks.

  5. Ted Harvey:

    It's time to drain the Washington swamp for good, and that starts with calling out left-wing hypocrites like Porter, once again, woke progressives like Rep. Porter are happy to receive government-funded salaries, benefits, and now subsidized housing for themselves, while driving our economy into the gutter and doing everything possible to squelch opposition.

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    • A. indiscernible
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