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wing US English

Any of a number of specialized paired appendages that enable some animals to fly, in particular

wing US Thesaurus

a bird's wings

gull wing US English

(Of a door on a car or aircraft) opening upward

hind wing US English

Either of the two back wings of a four-winged insect

left wing US English

The liberal, socialist, or radical section of a political party or system

take wing US English

(Of a bird, insect, or other winged creature) fly away

wing case US English

Each of a pair of modified toughened forewings that cover the functional wings in certain insects, especially an elytron of a beetle

wing chun US English

A simplified form of kung fu used as a system of self-defence

wing dam US English

A dam or barrier built into a stream to deflect the current

wing half US English

A half back positioned towards the right or left side of the field

wing nut US English

A nut with a pair of projections for the fingers to screw it on

wing sail US English

A rigid or semirigid structure similar to an aircraft wing fixed vertically on a boat to provide thrust from the action of the wind

wing tip US English

The tip of the wing of an aircraft, bird, or other animal

left-wing US Thesaurus

the committee's left-wing policies

left wing New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words, hyphen when attributive)

delta wing US English

A single triangular swept-back wing on some aircraft, typically military aircraft

dusky wing US English

A small, dark-winged butterfly of the skipper family, found in North America

fixed-wing US English

Denoting aircraft of the conventional type as opposed to those with rotating wings, such as helicopters

flying wing US English

An aircraft with little or no fuselage and no vertical airfoil

right wing US English

The conservative or reactionary section of a political party or system

rotary wing US English

An airfoil that rotates in an approximately horizontal plane, providing all or most of the lift in a helicopter or autogiro

swept-wing US English

(Of an aircraft) having swept-back wings

swing-wing US English

An aircraft wing that can move from a right-angled to a swept-back position

wing chair US English

A high-backed armchair with side pieces projecting from the back, originally in order to protect the sitter from drafts

wing collar US English

A high stiff shirt collar with turned-down corners

wing covert US English

(In a bird’s wing) each of the smaller feathers covering the bases of the flight feathers

wing fence US English

A fence erected to guide livestock into a yard

wing mirror US English

A rear-view mirror projecting from the side of a motor vehicle

wing oyster US English

An edible marine bivalve mollusk with a fragile flattened shell, the hinge of which bears winglike projections

right wing New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words, hyphen when attributive)

swing-wing New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(of an aircraft) having a wing that can move from a right-angled to a swept-back position

bastard wing US English

A group of small quill feathers on the first digit of a bird’s wing

wing shooting US English

The shooting of birds in flight

wing walking US English

Acrobatic stunts performed on the wings of an airborne aircraft as a public entertainment

on the wing US English

(Of a bird) in flight

wing commander US English

A rank of officer in the RAF, above squadron leader and below group captain

wing commander New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(capital in titles; abbreviation Wg Cdr)

buck-and-wing US English

A lively solo tap dance, typically done in wooden-soled shoes

wing it in wing US English

Speak or act without preparation; improvise

under one's wing US English

In or into one’s protective care

Pinero, Sir Arthur Wing US English

(1855–1934), English dramatist and actor. Notable works: The Second Mrs Tanqueray (1893)

on a wing and a prayer US English

With only the slightest chance of success

take wing in wing US English

(Of a bird, insect, or other winged creature) fly away

batwing US English

(Of a sleeve) having a deep armhole and a tight cuff

redwing US English

A small migratory thrush that breeds mainly in northern Europe, with red underwings showing in flight

wingnut in wing nut US English

A nut with a pair of projections for the fingers to screw it on

on the wing in wing US English

(Of a bird) in flight

flexwing US English

A collapsible fabric delta wing, as used in hang gliders


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