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noun, often attributive \ˈwiŋ\

Simple Definition of wing

  • : a part of an animal's body that is used for flying or gliding

  • : the wing of a bird and especially a chicken eaten as food

  • : one of usually two long, flat parts of an airplane that extend from the sides and make it possible for the airplane to fly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wing

  1. 1 a :  one of the movable feathered or membranous paired appendages by means of which a bird, bat, or insect is able to fly; also :  such an appendage even though rudimentary if possessed by an animal belonging to a group characterized by the power of flight b :  any of various anatomical structures (as of a flying fish or flying lemur) providing means of limited flight

  2. 2 :  an appendage or part resembling a wing in appearance, position, or function: as a :  a device worn under the arms to aid a person in swimming or staying afloat b :  ala c :  a turned-back or extended edge on an article of clothing d :  a sidepiece at the top of an armchair e (1) :  a foliaceous, membranous, or woody expansion of a plant especially along a stem or on a samara or capsule (2) :  either of the two lateral petals of a papilionaceous flower f :  a vane of a windmill or arrow g :  sail h :  an airfoil that develops a major part of the lift which supports a heavier-than-air aircraft i chiefly British :  fender d

  3. 3 :  a means of flight or rapid progress

  4. 4 :  the act or manner of flying :  flight <take wing>

  5. 5 :  a side or outlying region or district

  6. 6 :  a part or feature of a building usually projecting from and subordinate to the main or central part <the servants' wing>

  7. 7 a :  one of the pieces of scenery at the side of a stage b plural :  the area at the side of the stage out of sight

  8. 8 a :  a left or right section of an army or fleet :  flank b :  one of the offensive positions or players on either side of a center position in certain team sports; also :  flanker

  9. 9 a :  either of two opposing groups within an organization or society :  faction b :  a section of an organized body (as a legislative chamber) representing a group or faction holding distinct opinions or policies — compare left wing, right wing

  10. 10 a :  a unit of the United States Air Force higher than a group and lower than a division b :  two or more squadrons of naval airplanes

  11. 11 :  a dance step marked by a quick outward and inward rolling glide of one foot

  12. 12 plural :  insignia consisting of an outspread pair of stylized bird's wings which are awarded on completion of prescribed training to a qualified pilot, aircrew member, or military balloon pilot


play \ˈwiŋ-ē\ adjective

in the wings

  1. 1 :  out of sight in the stage wings

  2. 2 :  close at hand in the background :  readily available <had a plan waiting in the wings>

on the wing

  1. 1 :  in flight :  flying

  2. 2 :  in motion

under one's wing

  1. :  under one's protection :  in one's care <took her under his wing>

Examples of wing in a sentence

  1. In the library's north wing, you'll find the current periodicals.

  2. She works in the pediatric wing of the hospital.

  3. The guest room is in the east wing.

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Origin and Etymology of wing

Middle English winge, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Dan & Swedish vinge wing; akin to Sanskrit vāti it blows — more at wind

First Known Use: 13th century




Simple Definition of wing

  • : to travel to a place by flying there

  • : to throw (something) forcefully

  • : to touch or hit (someone or something) especially in the arm or wing while moving past

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to fit with wings b :  to enable to fly or move swiftly

  3. 2 a :  to traverse with or as if with wings b :  to effect or achieve by flying

  4. 3 :  to let fly :  dispatch <would start to wing punches — A. J. Liebling>

  5. 4 a :  to wound in the wing :  disable the wing of <winged the duck> b :  to wound (as with a bullet) without killing <winged by a sniper>

  6. 5 :  to do or perform without preparation or guidelines :  improvise <winging it>

  7. intransitive verb
  8. :  to go with or as if with wings :  fly —often used with it <winged it to Europe>

Examples of wing in a sentence

  1. The team winged to Moscow for the finals.

  2. She winged the ball over to first base.

  3. The soldier was winged by a stray bullet.


First Known Use of wing


WING Defined for Kids



noun \ˈwiŋ\

Definition of wing for Students

  1. 1 :  one of the paired movable feathered or membranous parts with which a bird, bat, or insect flies

  2. 2 :  something like a wing in appearance, use, or motion <the wings of an airplane>

  3. 3 :  a part (as of a building) that sticks out from the main part

  4. 4 :  a division of an organization

  5. 5 wings plural :  an area just off the stage of a theater


\-ləs\ adjective


\-ˌlīk\ adjective

on the wing

  1. :  in flight




Definition of wing for Students



  1. 1 :  to move by means of wings :  fly

  2. 2 :  1throw 1 <I'd … wing a dart at the closest bull's-eye. — Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Loses Control>

Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈwiŋ\

Medical Definition of wing

  1. 1:  one of the movable feathered or membranous paired appendages by means of which a bird, bat, or insect is able to fly

  2. 2:  a winglike anatomical part or process :  ala; especially :  any of the four winglike processes of the sphenoid bone—see greater wing, lesser wing


\ˈwiŋd, ˈwiŋ-əd\play play adjective

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