- 1 c and u [Zoology/Zoología] ala (feminine)‡ a bird on the wing un pájaro volando or en vuelo to take wing [literary/literario] levantar or alzar* el vuelo to clip sb's wings (restrict, constrain) cortarle las alas a algn to spread o stretch one's wings [literary/literario] [bird] desplegar* or extender* las alas there comes a time when children want to spread their wings llega el momento en que los chicos quieren alzar or levantar el vuelo this job will give her a chance to spread her wings este trabajo le va a dar la oportunidad de desarrollar su potencial under sb's/sth's wing she took the new girl under her wing se hizo cargo de la chica nueva he's working under the wing of an expert trabaja bajo la tutela de un experto this comes under the wing of the marketing department esto es responsabilidad del departamento de márketingMore example sentences
- Besides having forelimbs that resemble the wings of modern birds, the animal sported long feathers from thigh to foot on each hind limb.
- In medieval Europe, scribes used trimmed feathers from the wings of large birds and various inks to mark a set of alphabetic letters on parchment skins.
- A bird needs wings for lift, tail feathers for control and lightweight bones.
- 2 [Aviation/Aviación] 2.1 (structure) ala (feminine)‡ on a wing and a prayer we managed to get home on a wing and a prayer llegamos a casa de milagro they are going into this election on a wing and a prayer se van a presentar a estas elecciones a la buena de Dios 2.2 (unit) ala (feminine)‡More example sentences
- He has commanded a fighter squadron, two fighter wings, a numbered Air Force and two major commands.
- The wing commander is responsible for all of his or her wing's squadrons in the recovery and individual and unit training phases.
- He has commanded a fighter squadron, two fighter wings, and a numbered air force.
- 3 (British English/inglés británico) [Cars/Automovilismo] guardabarros (masculine) or (Mexico/México) salpicadera (feminine) or (Chile) (Peru/Perú) tapabarros (masculine)More example sentences
- T1 will see readily identifiable versions of everyday saloon cars visually spectacularly modified with big flared wheel arches, wings and bumpers.
- Automotive Industries recently was shown a more potent Stratus, stripped of its chrome accents but also devoid of any wings or air dams.
- Body kits, spoilers, wings, decals, bumpers and other accessories are commonly used to customize a car.
- 4 [Sport/Deporte] 4.1 (part of field) ala (feminine)‡ 4.2 (player, position) ala (masculine and feminine)‡ , alero (masculine and feminine), extremo (masculine and feminine) wing threequarter ala (masculine and feminine)‡ tres cuartosMore example sentences
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- Saints are set to switch Darren Albert from the wing to full-back to offset the absence of Paul Wellens, but Millward also has the option of Anthony Stewart and Sean Hoppe.
- Nick Barber came onto the wing replacing the centre Smith.
- El Hamdaoui has variously been described as a striker and capable of playing on both wings, in other words jack-of-all-trades, master of none.
- The big wing forward was to convert two further frees in the opening quarter while Seamus Lyons landed his first score after a foul on David Cuddy.
- Although he has been used mainly as a wing forward up to now, he's chosen at full forward for tomorrow's match.
- As we approach the League final, the famous shout for joy from the wing forward on that day in 1980, when the Rangers beat Renard, is doing the rounds again.
- 5 [Politics/Política] ala (feminine)‡ the left wing of the party el ala izquierda del partido the political wing of the organization el ala política or el brazo político de la organización see alsoleft wing, right wingMore example sentences
- Ms Reid was a one time member of the Official Republicans movement and later joined Irish Republican Socialist Party, the political wing of the INLA.
- Rather, the IRA was increasingly recognized as the armed wing of one political party.
- Will the Republican party be the political wing of the evangelical movement again in 2008?
- 7 (of building) ala (feminine)‡More example sentences
- The first floor of the main wing of the building was destroyed and it was believed a chimney at the back of the building may have been left unstable.
- The Sanctuary's dueling grounds was found at the end of the north wing of the main chamber.
- The boardwalk guides visitors past another guest cottage and the bedroom wing of the main house.
- 8(wings plural)8.1 [Theater/Teatro] the wings los bastidores to stand/wait in the wings she tends to stand in the wings and not get involved en general se mantiene al margen y no se mete if he doesn't play well, there are others waiting in the wings si no juega bien, hay quienes están listos para sustituirlo 8.2 (insignia) [Aviation/Aviación] [Military/Militar] insignia (feminine)More example sentences
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- The single-seat research aircraft had a monocoque aluminum fuselage with a wood wing.
- These are the de-icing boots on the leading edges of the wings, horizontal and vertical stabilizers.
- Bombardier Roy Brown's daughter Judy Valentini inspects the wrecked wing of an aircraft during the visit to Horn Island.
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- He gained his wings as a sergeant pilot a year later and was commissioned in 1944.
- You get the occasional guy who fails just before wings or at wings and it's a bit of a shame because they're so close.
- After entering the U.S. Air Force, Aldrin earned his pilot wings in 1952.
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- This was swiftly followed by cavalry actions on both wings, each army's right being victorious and pursuing the enemy from the field.
- After the victory at Smolensk, Hitler reverted to his old concept of concentrating the main effort on the wings.
- He didn't go on stage, though, but sang from the wings while Beesley mimed onstage.
- The theatre goes black, and the red curtains part, and go back towards the wings as the stage lights go up to reveal the lobby of a small hotel.
- She bustled out of the bathroom and headed towards the wings of the stage, where the rest of the choir was waiting.
transitive verb/verbo transitivo
- 1to wing one's way we were soon winging our way to Italy poco tiempo después estábamos camino a Italia the news had already winged its way across the Atlantic la noticia ya había cruzado el Atlántico to wing it (improvise) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar] arreglárselas sobre la marcha
intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo
- (move quickly) volar*
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