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American English: /wɪŋ/
British English: /wɪŋ/

Translation of wing in Spanish:


  • 1 countable and uncountable (Zoology) a bird on the wing
    un pájaro volando or en vuelo
    to take wing [literary]
    levantar or alzar el vuelo
    to clip somebody's wings (restrict, constrain)
    cortarle las alas a alguien
    to spread or stretch one's wings [literary]
    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 somebody's/something's wingshe 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 márketing
    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.
  • 5 (Politics) 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 wing
    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?
  • 8
    also: wings plural
    8.1 (Theatre)the wings
    los bastidores
    to stand/wait in the wingsshe 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
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    8.2 (insignia) (Aviation, Military)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    8.3water wings

transitive verb

  • 1to wing one's waywe 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) (US) [colloquial]
    arreglárselas sobre la marcha
  • 2 (wound)
    herir en el ala
    the bullet only winged him
    la bala apenas le rozó el brazo/hombro
    Example sentences
    • The Steps have built an aviary of sorts and have been trying to stock it with any wild birds they can wing with their air rifles.
    Example sentences
    • In mid-air, I turn and squeeze off three shots, winging him.
    • He did some shooting at Gardener in yard but only winged him because Mr Big Star is drinking too much.
    • In a split second Jerome, whose anger had begun to build, flashed out his gun and fired, but Selby dropped to one knee and fired his gun, winging him.

intransitive verb

  • (move quickly)
    Example sentences
    • Yeah, a 30/30 shell winging past a guy's ear will do that.
    • Like, this evening, we were watching a bit of TV when a commercial for the latest volume of Barbra Streisand Greatest Hits had the velvet voice winging through the speakers.
    • It would appear that text messages had been winging back and forth across the Atlantic and Weggie was under orders to, ‘Give him a big kiss on the lips from me.’
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