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Definition of Wing

Wing

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Any similar member or instrument used for the purpose of flying.
  4. 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.
  5. One of the large pectoral fins of the flying fishes.
  6. Passage by flying; flight; as, to take wing.
  7. Motive or instrument of flight; means of flight or of rapid motion.
  8. 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.
  9. An ornament worn on the shoulder; a small epaulet or shoulder knot.
  10. Any appendage resembling the wing of a bird or insect in shape or appearance.
  11. One of the broad, thin, anterior lobes of the foot of a pteropod, used as an organ in swimming.
  12. Any membranaceous expansion, as that along the sides of certain stems, or of a fruit of the kind called samara.
  13. Either of the two side petals of a papilionaceous flower.
  14. One of two corresponding appendages attached; a sidepiece.
  15. A side building, less than the main edifice; as, one of the wings of a palace.
  16. The longer side of crownworks, etc., connecting them with the main work.
  17. A side shoot of a tree or plant; a branch growing up by the side of another.
  18. The right or left division of an army, regiment, etc.
  19. 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.
  20. One of the sides of the stags in a theater.
  21. To furnish with wings; to enable to fly, or to move with celerity.
  22. To supply with wings or sidepieces.
  23. To transport by flight; to cause to fly.
  24. To move through in flight; to fly through.
  25. To cut off the wings of; to wound in the wing; to disable a wing of; as, to wing a bird.

Wing Quotations

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
William Shakespeare

We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.
Luciano De Crescenzo

Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.
Jean Paul

I'm just looking for an angel with a broken wing.
Jimmy Page

There were high school coaches such as Charles Boston that took me under his wing and taught me the fundamentals of football. And when I went to college there was Robert Hill who took me there and he showed me what hard work and determination would do if you put forth the effort and you take a little time.
Walter Payton
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Wing Translations

wing in Afrikaans is vleuel
wing in Danish is vinge
wing in Dutch is vleugel, vlerk
wing in Latin is penna
wing in Norwegian is vinge
wing in Portuguese is asa
wing in Spanish is accla, ala
wing in Swedish is eskader, flygel, vinge
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